The No. 15 wrestling team will attempt to secure its sixth-straight Ivy League championship this weekend when it hosts Brown, Harvard and Bucknell at the Friedman Wrestling Center. Cornell (6-5, 3-0 Ivy), is fresh off a thrilling 19-15 victory over rival Penn and a 48-0 sweep of the hapless Princeton Tigers last weekend. Cornell will need a win over Brown (7-7, 2-1) tonight to wrap up a share of the title and a victory over Harvard (2-8, 1-2) tomorrow afternoon to complete an undefeated in-conference season and become the sole Ivy League champions.
Before the men’s tennis team traveled to Michigan for a big weekend against two ranked foes, Sun Assistant Sports Editor Lance Williams took some shots at junior Josh Goldstein.
1. What’s it like to be on the team without last year’s senior co-captains Nick Brunner and Josh Raff?
It is definitely very different. Would you say they are the real-life version of the ambiguously gay duo?
No comment. But I would say that Raff’s mom is convinced that the two of them kissed on the cheek after a huge comeback victory against Princeton my freshman year. Tell me a story.
The No. 15 wrestling team will attempt to all but lock up its sixth straight Ivy League championship this weekend when it travels to take on No. 25 Penn and Princeton tomorrow afternoon. Although the Red has only competed against one other Ivy foe so far this season, a sweep of its two opponents this weekend would put Cornell in charge of its own destiny against relatively weak Ivy League competition later this year. Either Penn or Cornell has captured the Ivy title for each of the past seven seasons.
“The Penn versus Cornell match pretty much decides the Ivy title every year,” said junior Steve Anceravage. “The other teams [in the Ivy League] just don’t have the firepower to compete with us talent-wise.”
While the basketball team completed a thrilling sweep of the killer P’s (Penn and Princeton) at Newman this weekend, the wrestling team did not want to be outdone and cruised past Ivy rival Columbia, 30-5, and Wagner, 48-6, to complete a sweep of its own at the Friedman Wresting Center.
With the wins, the Red’s record in dual matches now improves to 4-5 (2-0 EIWA) for the year and its confidence continues to rise as the clock in the Friedman Center counts down the days to the NCAA tournament on March 20.
“Both of the matches went pretty much as we expected,” said junior Steve Anceravage. “We nearly swept Columbia and won every match against Wagner except for a forfeit.”
The wrestling team will finally catch a break from top-10 competition this weekend, as it takes on Wagner and Ivy rival Columbia tomorrow afternoon at Friedman Wrestling Center. The Red (2-5) is fresh off a convincing 28-14 defeat of then-No. 12 Hofstra last weekend and appears primed to continue its winning ways.
“It was a huge moral boost to beat Hofstra after coming out on the short end of the stick in past matches due to injuries,” said junior Steve Anceravage. “To come back to our home gym and win against a good team even after forfeiting one weight class was huge.”
The No. 18 wrestling team will look to right the ship this weekend as it battles No. 12 Hofstra on Saturday evening at the Friedman Wrestling Center. Despite losing four of its last five dual meets (all to ranked opponents), the team (1-5) is as confident as ever considering that Cornell is at full strength for the first time all season, and the squad is wrestling at home for the first time since its victory in the Body Bar Invitational on Nov. 11, 2007.
“I am really confident in our team right now, we’ve really come together,” said junior Steve Anceravage. “We have [sophomore Adam] Frey back in the lineup, we have [sophomore Josh] Arnone back in the lineup, I do think that we’ll come out on top.”
Before the gymnastics team opens their Ivy schedule with a home meet against rival Penn this weekend, senior Colleen Davis taught Sun Assistant Sport Editor Lance Williams how she dismounts her horse.
1. I’ve never interviewed a gymnast before and apparently it hasn’t happened since you’ve been here, so I’m sorry I have to start this on a somber note. But I’m very sorry for your recent injury, how did it happen?
Watching a Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Arena is just one of those things that every true sports fan should do before they die. Much like watching the antics of Papi and Manny at Fenway, observing the Knicks’ futility at Madison Square Garden or marveling at Brett Favre’s seemingly endless career at Lambeau Field, the excitement and ambiance that accompanies sports’ greatest venues is almost indescribable. No one’s account can really do the experience justice; you just have to see it for yourself.
The No. 16 wrestling team put up a valiant fight against No. 11 Missouri yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Cornell, though, the team’s relative inexperience coupled with Missouri’s overwhelming talent and home court advantage eventually proved to be too much. The Red fell 21-13 in Columbia, Mo. Although Cornell secured a 13-10 advantage through 174 pounds, Missouri’s No. 4 ranked wrestlers at 184 and 197 pounds each earned major decisions over their Red opponents to lock up the victory for the Tigers.
“We had some great performances today and I am very pleased with our overall team effort,” said head coach Rob Koll. “But at the end of the day, we just didn’t pull out enough of the close matches to get the win.”