I never intended to become a sports writer. I didn’t write for my high school paper or any other legitimate publication for that matter. I didn’t arrive in Ithaca with grandiose aspirations of sitting courtside at Cameron Indoor Stadium or interviewing Cornell’s elite athletes on a weekly basis. Hell, as a freshman, I barely even read The Sun, let alone considered joining it. But now that I think about it, I didn’t do much of anything freshman year besides drink SoCo, so that isn’t really a knock on The Sun.
When inopportune injuries to key starters and inconsistent performances at the EIWA tournament seemingly crippled the wrestling team’s chances of competing amongst the elite at the NCAA tournament, the Red refused to bow out quietly. Despite only qualifying six out of 10 starters for the event – two fewer than Cornell sent the past two seasons and three fewer than it sent in 2004-05 – the Red’s determination and lofty expectations allowed the team to crown four All-Americans and a national champion en route to a stunning ninth-place finish last weekend in St. Louis, Mo.
The wrestling team completed yet another impressive season under head coach Rob Koll as it earned 67 team points to capture a ninth-place finish at the NCAA tournament in St. Louis, Mo., last weekend. This is the third top-10 national finish for the team in the last four years and marks the fourth straight season in which four Red grapplers qualified as individual All-Americans, an EIWA record.
Following a slim and bittersweet win at the EIWA championships last weekend, six grapplers on the No. 16 wrestling team will represent the team’s only hope of achieving its third top-5 national finish in the last four years at next week’s NCAA championships in St. Louis, Mo.
“[The EIWA tournament] was a disappointing performance for us as a team, although some individuals like [senior] Mike [Rodriguez] and [freshman Mack] Lewnes really stepped up,” said junior Steve Anceravage. “I’m feeling pretty lucky that we came away with a victory.”
Though the Red dominated the first day of EIWA compeitition last weekend in Lancaster, Pa., only three grapplers made it to the finals of their respective weight classes while only one, Lewnes, earned an individual title.
Following a thrilling 9-8 victory over No. 16 Army last Saturday, men’s lacrosse senior midfielder and co-captain John Glynn took a face-off with Sun senior writer Lance Williams. Williams is still wondering what hit him.
1. As you know I like to start out on a serious note, the lacrosse team reached the Final Four last year and generated a lot of buzz around campus. What did it feel like to score the game-winner over Albany in the NCAA quarterfinals with four seconds left in overtime?
Boasting a fully healthy starting lineup and riding eight-straight dual match victories, the No. 16 wrestling team will look to capture its second straight EIWA tournament title this weekend in Lancaster, Pa. In order to accomplish the feat, the Red grapplers must dominate one of the toughest wrestling conferences in the nation headlined by No. 25 Penn and traditional powerhouses such as Navy, Army and Lehigh. The 15-team field also includes six other Ivy League schools, Bucknell, Franklin and Marshall, American, East Stoudsberg and Rutgers.
Despite the deep and talented field, the grapplers are confident they can back up the hype that comes with being the top-ranked team in the tournament.
Before the basketball team attempts to close out its first-ever undefeated Ivy League season this weekend at Penn and Princeton, junior 7-0 center and Cornell basketball cult hero Jeff Foote played a little one-on-one at Newman Arena with Sun senior writer Lance Williams. Foote could not stop and only hope to contain Williams’ shots from behind the arc.
1. I have a very easy first question for you, what does it feel like to be the Ivy League champions for the first time in 20 years?
It feels really good, when we were down on the court and people stormed it, it was just an awesome feeling. I didn’t really expect to get picked up on the court either, but I did, even though I only rose about five inches …
[img_assist|nid=28344|title=|desc=|link=node|align=center|width=569|height=210] Before the women’s hockey team battles No. 1-ranked Harvard in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals this weekend, senior co-captain Brittany Forgues joined Sun Assistant Sports Editor Lance Williams for a leisurely skate around the ice. Williams is still trying to recover from Forgues’ blindside body check.
1. I always start out on a serious note; so the women’s hockey team has made the playoffs for the first time in your career. How does that feel?
It’s great, we’re really excited. It’s obviously different because I’ve never gone to the playoffs, it’s a new feeling for all of the seniors. What about the team this year has made it so successful?
As an athlete, I was the very definition of average. I was always good enough to make the annual all-star team as an aspiring baseball player, but never seemed to hit higher than No. 5 in the batting order. As a basketball player, I was the Steve Kerr (and that’s a good thing by the way) of the JV squad, but watched from the sidelines anytime our varsity team (led by protein-addicted postgraduates) battled another highly-touted prep team.
Just minutes after the No. 15 wrestling team dropped its fifth dual meet in six chances on Jan. 27, a 21-13 loss to Missouri, head coach Rob Koll’s rhetoric was drenched with optimism. Instead of giving excuses for why his team failed to win, he lauded his squad’s effort, cautioned against writing the Red off after facing such stiff competition, and confidently predicted a win over No. 12 Hofstra the following weekend. Almost one month later, the team has made Koll look like a soothsayer by winning eight straight dual meets, including a 28-14 thumping of Hofstra, and its sixth-straight Ivy League title with wins over Brown and Columbia this past weekend. [img_assist|nid=28164|title=Whats that smell|desc=Freshman No. 2 Mike Grey (top) beat Bucknell’s No.