February 9, 2014

WRESTLING | Wrestlers Make History With 12th Straight Ivy Title

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The Cornell men’s wrestling team won its 12th straight Ivy League Championship, defeating Columbia, 22-15 on Saturday. With the victory, the Red now has the most conference championships in any Ivy League sport. In what was one of the closest matches all season, the score remained tied at 15-15 with just two duals left. Juniors Jace Bennett and Jacob Aiken-Phillips then took center stage, defeating their opponents and helping the Red to another Ancient Eight title.

“It was a lot closer than I expected. We had four kids out of the lineup … so I was really nervous,” said head coach Rob Koll. “This is not the best or second to best team in the Ivy League, and they could easily have knocked us off today.”

However, Bennett and Aiken-Phillips made sure that did not happen, shutting out both of their opponents.

“It’s always great to continue breaking records, it’s something we[‘ve] become accustomed to,” Bennett said.

Connor Archard / Senior PhotographerKeeping the streak alive | Junior Jace Bennet broke the deadlock against Columbia to lead the Red to victory and a historic 12th straight Ivy League title.