Cornell's Simaz Named Ivy League Wrestler of the Year, Eight Wrestlers Earn All-Ivy Honors

ITHACA, N.Y.—Cornell senior Cam Simaz has earned his second-straight Ivy League Wrestler of the Year honor it was announced by the conference on Monday. Simaz joins Frank Perrelli and Steve Bosak in earning first-team All-Ivy honors, while the Big Red totals eight All-Ivy selections. The Big Red won its 10th-straight Ivy League title this season after finishing with a 5-0 record. Cornell has won 53 straight Ancient Eight matches.

Simaz (197), Perrelli (125) and Bosak (184) all earned first-team honors at their respective weight classes, while Chris Villalonga (149), Craig Eifert (165) and Maciej Jochym (HWT) all earned second-team spots. Kyle Dake (157) and Mike Nevinger (141) were honorable mention.

Simaz (Allegan, Mich.) is the fourth-straight Cornell wrestler to earn Wrestler of the Year honors, joining Mack Lewnes ’11 who claimed the award in 2009 and 2010. Simaz is the topped ranked wrestler in the country at 197 pounds. He is now a four-time Ivy League first team honoree and rounds out his Ancient Eight career with an impressive 20-0 Ivy League record. Four of his five conference wins this season were bonus including a pin, two technical falls and a major decision. Simaz was named Ivy League and EIWA rookie of the year in 2009. He is a three-time All-American and three-time EIWA champion. The Big Red senior captain is 22-1 this season with his only loss coming from an injury default.

At 125 pounds, Perrelli (Hackettstown, N.J.) earns his second All-Ivy honor this season with a 5-0 conference record. The Big Red wrestler is 25-5 overall this season and is currently ranked No. 7 in the country.

At 184 pounds, Bosak (State College, Pa.) earns his second first-team All-Ivy honor. The Big Red captain was second-team All-Ivy in 2010. The All-American is 26-3 overall and 4-0 against the Ancient Eight. Bosak is currently ranked No. 5 by InterMat.

Two-time NCAA champion Dake was named All-Ivy honorable mention at 157 pounds after going 1-0 in Ivy League matches. Dake is 26-0 for the season and is currently ranked No. 1 in the country.

The Big Red will look to capture its sixth-straight EIWA title on March 3-4 at Princeton University.

Wrestler of the Year
Cam Simaz, Cornell, 197 (Sr., Allegan, Mich.)

Rookie of the Year
*Lorenzo Thomas, Penn, 165 (Fr., Pittsburgh)

First Team (10)
*Frank Perrelli, Cornell, 125 (Sr., Hackettstown, N.J.)
*Steve Keith, Harvard, 133 (Jr., Shoreham, N.Y.)
*Zack Kemmerer, Penn, 141 (Sr., East Greenville, Pa.)
Steve Santos, Columbia, 149 (Jr., Brick, N.J.)
Daniel Kolodzik, Princeton, 157 (Sr., Bellbrook, Ohio)
*Lorenzo Thomas, Penn, 165 (Fr., Pittsburgh)
*Stephen West, Columbia, 174 (Jr., Fresno, Calif.)
*Steve Bosak, Cornell, 184 (Sr., State College, Pa.)
*Cam Simaz, Cornell, 197 (Sr., Allegan, Mich.)
*Steve Graziano, Penn, 285 (So., Syosset, N.Y.)

Second Team (10)
Billy Watterson, Brown, 125 (So., Pound Ridge, N.Y.)
Bryan Ortenzio, Penn, 133 (Sr., Camp Hill, Pa.)
Adam Krop, Princeton, 141 (So., Urbana, Md.)
Chris Villalonga, Cornell, 149 (So., Totowa, N.J.)
Walter Peppelman, Harvard, 157 (Jr., Harrisburg, Pa.)
Craig Eifert, Cornell, 165 (So., Mason, Mich.)
David Foxen, Brown, 174 (Sr., Garden City, N.Y.)
Shane Hughes, Columbia, 184 (Fr., Sussex, Wis.)
Micah Burak, Penn, 197 (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Maceij Jochym, Cornell, 285 (Sr., Williston Park, N.Y.)

Honorable Mention (9)
Robert Dyar, Columbia, 125 (Jr., Birmingham, Ala.)
Kyle Gilchrist, Columbia, 133 (Sr., Jefferson, Ohio)
Mike Nevinger, Cornell, 141 (So., Perry, N.Y.)
Steve Robertson, Penn, 149 (Fr., Lombard, Ill.))
Kyle Dake, Cornell, 157 (Jr., Ithaca, N.Y.)
Andy Lowy, Princeton, 174 (Sr., Brookeville, Md.)
Ophir Bernstein, Brown, 184 (Fr., Allen, Texas)
Sterling Hecox, Brown, 197 (Fr., Loves Park, Ill.)
Kevin Lester, Columbia, 285 (Sr., Nampa, Idaho)

*-Unanimous selection


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