BETHLEHEM, Pa. – No. 8 Cornell opened its 2013 dual season with a 20-13 win against No. 25 Lehigh on Sunday at the Leeman-Turner Arena in Grace Hall.
Cornell won six bouts and freshman Nahshon Garrett won by technical fall at 125 pounds.
Senior Kyle Dake moved up to 174 pounds for the day and picked up a win versus No. 11 Nathaniel Brown in his fifth weight class of his career. Bricker Dixon (133), Mike Nevinger (141), Jesse Shanaman (165) and Stryker Lane (HWT) all added wins for Cornell.
The dual opened at 125 pounds with No. 10 Garrett facing Alex Abreu. There was a lot of action right from the whistle, but it wasn’t until midway through the period that Garrett notched a double leg takedown. He added two back points to take a 4-1 lead. Abreu chose neutral to start the second. Garrett took him down once again and added two sets of back points to hold an 11-1 lead. Garrett reversed Abreu from his opening down position in the third and notched takedowns on his way to an 18-3 technical fall.
At 133 pounds, sophomore Bricker Dixon took on Randy Cruz. After a scoreless first period, Dixon took down Cruz to take a 2-0 lead into the third. Cruz chose top to start the third. Dixon was hit with two stalling calls, but won a 2-1 decision.
Junior and No. 9-ranked Mike Nevinger almost had Anthony Salupo pinned at 141 pounds in the first period but time ran out and he settled for a 5-0 advantage. Nevinger increased his lead to 9-1 in the second. Salupo reversed Nevinger from the Big Red’s starting top position in the third. Nevinger escaped, but Salupo notched a takedown. With 1:08 in riding time, Nevinger won an 11-5 decision.
At 149 pounds, junior Ryan Dunphy took on No. 20 Shane Welsh. Dunphy wrestled hard and took good shots in the first, but Welsh defended to keep the first period scoreless. Dunphy escaped to start the second for the only point of the period. Welsh escaped from his opening down position in the third to tie the bout at one. Dunphy had to call injury time, and Welsh escaped from his choice down position to take a 2-1 lead. With 34 seconds left in the bout, Dunphy took down Welsh, but he escaped to tie the bout at three at the end of regulation. Dunphy almost had a takedown in sudden victory, but time ran out. In the first tiebreaker Dunphy chose down. Welsh was called for an illegal hold giving Dunphy a point, but Dunphy was unable to escape. Welsh chose to start his choice down and had a reversal to win a 5-4 decision.
At 157 pounds, freshman Chris Dowdy faced third-ranked Joey Napoli. Napoli had a takedown in the first to take a 2-0 lead. He reversed Dowdy in the second to go ahead 4-0. Napoli added takedowns in the third to win an 11-3 major decision with riding time.
Jesse Shanaman held a 2-0 lead after the first period at 165 pounds against Albert Woody. Shanaman almost reversed Woody, but settled for a one-point escape. Woody chose to start the third at neutral. Shanaman added another takedown to win a 5-0 decision.
Three-time NCAA champion Dake moved up to his fifth weight class to face No. 11 Nathaniel Brown at 174 pounds. Dake quickly got on the board with a takedown and racked up 2:50 in riding time before the period was over. Dake had two takedowns in the second and added a reversal from his opening down position in the third. With 2:28 in riding time, Dake won a 9-3 decision.
At 184 pounds, No. 2 Steve Bosak faced No. 5 Robert Hamlin. After a scoreless first period, Bosak immediately escaped from his opening down position in the second. Bosak almost locked up riding time in the third, but Hamlin escaped with 57 seconds in riding time. Hamlin notched a takedown with 20 seconds left in sudden victory to score the win.
Sophomore Jace Bennett squared off against John Bolich at 197 pounds. The two wrestlers were scoreless after two periods. Bennett chose down to start the third, but was unable to escape and Bolich won a 1-0 decision off riding time. Cornell held a 17-13 lead heading into the heavyweight bout.
At heavyweight, Lane wrestled Jack Delia. Delia escaped to open the second period, but Lane took him down to take a 2-1 lead. Lane escaped to open the third and won a 3-1 decision.