As one of the most impressive teams in Cornell athletics, the wrestling team has taken home 13 consecutive Ivy titles over the last 13 years. Boasting memorable wrestlers like Kyle Dake ’13 and current junior Gabe Dean over the years — as well as the unsung heroes — the wrestling squad, especially the starting 10, consistently comes onto the mat with drive and confidence. Despite recent struggles, head coach Robert Koll expects his team to take home yet another title. “I believe one of the reasons our team has won so many Ivy League titles over the years is because we do expect to win it,” he said. “[However], we certainly don’t overlook any opponents, especially our Ivy competitors, because one loss will almost certainly cost us the title.”
This weekend, the Red (3-4) will face Ivy opponent Columbia on its way to the title before turning around and facing No.
The Cornell wrestling team battled through injuries over winter break, picking up victories against Ivy League opponents Harvard and Brown but dropping matches to Lehigh and Missouri. The Red had top ranked wrestlers Nahshon Garrett and Gabe Dean out of the lineup against Lehigh.
Madison Square Garden is an intimidating venue for an athlete, no matter his or her skill level. The Cornell wrestling team traveled down to the Garden this past weekend to compete in the annual Grapple at the Garden, where it dropped two matches to No. 5 Nebraska and No. 14 Rutgers, a day after the Cornell men’s ice hockey team went up against Boston University at the same venue. “For the most part, we wrestled tough and a lot of the younger guys got some experience, especially wrestling in front of such a huge crowd and a big arena,” junior and former All-American Brian Realbuto said.