March 5, 2014

WRESTLING | Red to Fight for Eighth Straight Title

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This coming weekend, Cornell wrestling will travel to Pennsylvania to compete in the EIWA championships. The Red looks to win its eighth straight title against foes such as Lehigh — which is nationally ranked and should be its toughest competition — and Penn, who lost to Cornell by only half a point in 2008.

Not only did the Red win the championship title last year, but the team also won by a landslide of 24.5 points. In the past, the Red has barely squeaked out a win, but with Kyle Dake ’13 winning by 15 points in his own match and winning the title of outstanding wrestler of the tournament, the Red had a very strong performance.

With four of last year’s qualifiers returning to the mat for this weekend’s tournament, head coach Robert Koll looks to have all 10 starters qualify for Nationals. To him, qualifying takes precedent over a first place spot at the end of the day.

Connor Archard/ Sun Sports Photography Editor   Sophomore Nahshon Garrett returns to the EIWA championships with a lot of experience under his belt, including EIWA wrestler of the year and prior NCAA qualification