March 5, 2010

Wrestling Travels to EIWA Tourney With Hopes of Qualifying for NCAA

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Neither Hell nor high water will keep the wrestling team from attempting to win its fourth straight EIWA tournament this weekend in Bethlehem, PA. The meet represents an opportunity for the wrestlers on the second-ranked squad in the nation to qualify for the NCAA tournament in their respective weight classes.

The Red has not lost a match since a Jan. 31 tilt at Iowa St. Since then, Cornell has finished off six straight opponents in dominating fashion, never allowing more than six points and scoring on average just over 40 points. This weekend is more than a regular meet, though, with a chance to qualify for the NCAA tournament on the line for the Cornell wrestlers.

This year, the Red could match its 2009 accomplishments at the EIWA as it brings seven nationally ranked wrestlers to the tournament. According to NCAA rankings on, Lewnes (174) and freshman Kyle Drake (141) lead the pack, both ranked first nationally. Nickerson follows close behind, placing second in his weight class, while Simaz, juniors Mike Grey and Justin Kerber, sophomore Steve Bosak are all ranked in the top-20 in their respective weight classes.

Original Author: Cory Bennett