Cornell wins first National Duals title
Lewnes’ pin, Dake’s bonus points lead Big Red to easy win
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Top-ranked Cornell won its first National Duals team title on Sunday evening after defeating No. 9 Virginia Tech 25-10. The Big Red won seven of 10 weight classes with senior Mack Lewnes leading the way with a pin at 174 pounds.
Kyle Dake also picked up a bonus point with a major decision at 149. Frank Perrelli (125) and Corey Manson (141) impressed with wins over ranked opponents while Justin Kerber (165), Steve Bosak (184) and Maciej Jochym (197) also grabbed victories.
At 125 pounds, No. 15 Perrelli was down 2-1 to No. 11 Jarrod Garnett after the first period. Perrelli came back to tie the score at 2-2 in the second and, after taking a 3-2 lead, found himself down 4-3 with 40 seconds remaining. At the buzzer, Garnett escaped to tie the bout at 4-4. With neither wrestler scoring in sudden victory, Garnett started the tie breaker by attempting to roll through looking for an escape, but Perrelli caught him and grabbed two nearfall points. Perrelli added an escape to win a 7-5 decision.
At 133 pounds, No. 8 Devin Carter won a 17-6 major decision over Cornell's Joe Stanzione giving Virginia Tech a 4-3 lead. Manson gave CU the lead as he held a 2-1 lead after the first period at 141 against No. 5 Chris Diaz and was ahead by a point in the third when he added to his advantage with a takedown to win a 6-4 decision.
No. 2 Dake went into the second period with a 4-0 lead at 149 pounds over No. 9 Brian Stephens and immediately sprang to his feet and grabbed another takedown. With a takedown in the third and riding time, Dake won a 10-0 decision.
At 157 pounds, No. 10 DJ Meagher took on No. 5 Jesse Dong, earning a takedown and the lead as time ran out in the first period. Dong tied the bout in the second and went on to win 5-2. No. 3 Kerber was deadlocked with No. 14 Peter Yates at 3-3 after the first period at 165 pounds but escaped to take a 4-3 lead. Yates sent the bout into overtime with an opening escape in the third and Kerber won in sudden victory with a takedown to give the Big Red a 13-7 lead.
At 174 pounds, No. 3 Lewnes had a 7-1 lead after the first period over Matt Epperly. Lewnes notched six more points off two nearfalls in the second and turned his opponent in the third to win by fall in 6:20.
At 184 pounds, No. 2 Steve Bosak took down No. 16 Thomas Spellman in the first period and rode him out before adding an escape in the second. Spellman chose down in the third, but was unable to escape until 30 seconds were left in the bout. With 2:23 in riding time, Bosak won a 4-1 decision to secure the team win for the Big Red.
Maciej Jochym faced Chris Penny at 197 pounds. Penny took down Jochym, but the Big Red wrestler escaped and added a takedown and three backpoints. Penny tied the bout at 6-6 before Jochym escaped for a 7-6 lead. Jochym added a pair of takedowns to win a 12-8 decision. At heavyweight, Oney Snyder squared off against David Marone who earned a 3-1 decision.