After beating American on Friday night, Hofstra made it a 2-0 weekend with a convincing 23-9 triumph in an all-New York meeting with Columbia. Both Jake O’Hara (157) and Stephen West (174) have been in the national rankings for much of the season for the Lions. However, both were upset on Sunday by the Pride’s Tyler Banks and Jermaine John, respectively. Also picking up wins for the Pride were Steve Bonanno (125), Jamie Franco (133), Tim Murphy (197), Luke Vaith (141) and Paul Snyder (285). Vaith and Snyder’s victories were by major decision.
For more on Hofstra’s win, see here.
Oregon State Tops Cornell in Battle of Nationally Ranked Teams
Oregon State traveled a long way for a pair of duals this weekend, and came away with two wins. The Beavers defeated Lehigh on Saturday and then topped Cornell on Sunday in Ithaca.
The Big Red got off to a great start when freshman Nahshon Garrett notched a technical fall at 125 pounds to give his squad a 5-0 advantage. However, the visiting team responded with victories in the next four bouts, including two majors, to take a 14-5 lead into the break.
However, the Ivy League group bounced back with three straight bonus victories, beginning with Kyle Dake‘s technical fall at 165 pounds. Duke Pickett followed with a major at 174 and Steve Bosak earned a fall at 184 to move Cornell ahead, 20-14.
In a pivotal match at 197, #8 Taylor Meeks of the Beavers rode a third period takedown to a 3-1 victory over Billy George, cutting the Big Red’s lead to 20-17. Given the tiebreak criteria, Cornell needed a bonus point win at heavyweight against #4 Chad Hanke to take the dual.
The home team sent out 197-pounder Jace Bennett, who has 17 bonus wins this season, to face Hanke. The Texas native got off to a 2-0 lead, however, the Oregon State 285-pounder picked up a third period pin in a scramble to give his team the 23-20 triumph.
For more on the dual, see here.
Army Splits a Pair With Ivy Foes
Army welcomed two Ivy League opponents to West Point on Sunday. Harvard won six of the 10 matches in the opening dual to notch a 23-16 victory. In the second meet of the day, the Black Knights responded with a 29-9 win over Brown. Picking up two wins during the day for head coach Joe Heskett’s squad were 133-pounder Jordan Thome (two pins), 165-pounder Paul Hancock and 174-pounder Coleman Gracey.
For more on Army’s victory, see here.