February 12, 2003

Grapplers Fall to Seventh After Weekend Split

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After splitting the weekend’s matches, the wrestling team fell one spot to No. 7 in the InterMat Rankings released yesterday. Lehigh, which beat the Red 27-10 on Sunday, moved up a spot to No. 4.

There were few changes for individually ranked Cornell grapplers. Sophomore Travis Lee, who was out of action for both of the weekend’s meets, remained ranked No. 2 in the 125-pound weight class. He is 23-0 on the season.

Freshman Dustin Manotti fell three spots to No. 9 in the 149-pound weight class after being upset by Columbia’s Erik Norgaard 9-2 on Saturday. Manotti rebounded Sunday to gain a major decision over Tommy Rohn at Lehigh.

Despite pinning No. 1 Jessman Smith last Monday, senior All-American Clint Wattenberg remained in the No. 2 spot in the 184-pound weight class. Wattenberg earned a 4-0 decision over No. 11 Travis Frick in Sunday’s only match between ranked wrestlers.

At 197 pounds, senior Matt Greenberg remained No. 13 after going 1-1 on the weekend.

In the team rankings, Michigan State made the biggest jump of the week, moving up four spots to No. 10. Among other changes in the top 10, West Virginia moved up to No. 6, and Michigan and Illinois each moved up one position to No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

Cornell (10-5, 3-0 Ivy) resumes its conference schedule on Friday with a trip to Harvard. The Crimson lost a pair of meets this past weekend to Princeton and Penn, both of whom were defeated by the Red earlier this season.

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