The Cornell wrestling team (4-1-1, 2-0 Ivy) continued its dominance of the Ivy League with a win over Columbia yesterday at the Levien Gymnasium in New York City.
The 32-10 victory marks the sixth straight Ivy win for the Red, and second this season. Cornell also wrestled a dual meet against Hofstra later in the day, losing to the 19th-ranked team in the country, 23-12.
The Red took seven of its 10 matches against the Lions en route to the win. Despite sophomore Buck McLamb recording a fall at the heavyweight level to open the match, Cornell trailed 7-6 after three matches.
Sophomore Tom Waldron then fired up the squad by notching his own fall at 141 pounds.
Junior Gabe Webster picked up a 9-3 win over Erik Norgaard, who had defeated Webster earlier this season at the New York State Championships. Senior tri-captain Leo Urbinelli followed up with a major decision at 157 pounds.
Columbia’s Derek Nagy eked out a narrow 6-4 win over Alex Berman (165 pounds), but the Red’s Scott Roth won by forfeit, and seniors Rich DeSoto and tri-captain Corey Anderson finished out the meet with victories.
Cornell then got on the bus to Hempstead, N.Y., to take on wrestling powerhouse Hofstra. McLamb rounded out a torrid weekend by opening the match with a pin, but aside from him, Urbinelli, and Anderson, the Red had difficulty taking matches from the Pride.
The split was a considerably impressive showing, taking into account the injuries that beset the Red troops.
Junior tri-captain Clint Wattenberg missed the weekend’s action with a bad knee, while senior Jim Stanec was sidelined after ear surgery. Senior Sean Doyle and junior Sean Wing also spent their weekend recovering. All four wrestled in the Red’s win over defending Ivy champ Penn a week ago.
The Red’s focus now turns to the centerpiece of the Ancient Eight slate. Next weekend Cornell travels to New England, where it will take on Brown and Harvard on February 9 and 10, respectively. A sweep against the Bears and Crimson would leave the Red in good position to win the Ivy League crown this winter.
Archived article by Alex Fineman