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The wrestling team traveled to St. Louis hoping to return as national champions. However, only rising senior Troy Nickerson was successful in that quest. The Red, which entered the tournament ranked second, finished fifth. Nickerson, competing at 125 pounds, won all five of his matches en route to claiming an individual National Championship.
Nickerson was one of four Red wrestlers to earn All-American status. The others were Steve Anceravage ‘09, Jordan Leen ‘09 and rising sophomore Cam Simaz. Cornell finished behind Iowa, Ohio State, Iowa State and Nebraska, in that order. Iowa also won the National Championship last season and has won 22 total in its history.
Men’s basketball head coach Steve Donahue added six players to the program for the 2009-10 season, including five incoming freshman and one transfer. The Red appears poised to contend for a third consecutive Ivy League Championship on the strength of its senior class, which features Ryan Wittman, Louis Dale, Geoff Reeves and Alex Tyler, among others. The incoming recruiting class should have one year to learn from the class of 2010 before taking the burden of extending Cornell’s recent stretch of success.
A staple in this year’s recruiting class is size. Five of the team’s six new players are 6-6 or taller. At 6-9, Josh Figini is the tallest of the bunch. The Minnesota native averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds a game to earn third-team all-state honors.
The baseball team played four games against Princeton in hopes of determining a champion in the Ivy League’s Gehrig division. All that was determined is that the teams need to play a fifth game. Rookie Frank Hager’s clutch home run Sunday afternoon helped Cornell (15-21, 10-10 Ivy) finish with a 2-2 record on the weekend, thus preserving a tie with Princeton (18-17, 10-10 Ivy) for the best record in the division.
“[Sunday’s win] was very exciting ,” senior Adam Jacobs said. “Being a senior, that could have been my last game here at Cornell. We came together, pulled it out, and lived to fight another day, but we know our job is not done yet.”
The track team will continue its march to the postseason with the Big Red Invitational this Sunday. The Red will compete against several local schools in what will be the second-to-last track meet held at Cornell this season.
Several of Cornell’s athletes will not compete at the event because of the ongoing Penn Relays. The prestigious event in Philadelphia began Wednesday and will continue into the weekend. Even though some of the top performers for the Red will not compete at the Big Red Invitational, the meet still has important postseason implications for Cornell.
“It’s going to be a spot for some guys on edge about going to the conference championship meet to prove themselves,” said junior Charlie Hatch.
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We’ve all heard the clichés. A team that struggles one season will undoubtedly enter the next season talking about a return to contention. Optimistic players and coaches will explain that if the team plays hard, does the little things and catches a few breaks, it can return to respectability. However, more often than not, last place teams — such as the 2008 Cornell baseball team — wind up near the bottom of the standings the next season.
The baseball team rebounded from last weekend’s disappointing losses with an encouraging week of play. Playing within the division for the first time this season, the Red (8-17, 5-7 Ivy) took three of four against the visiting Quakers (11-19, 1-9 Ivy). The strong weekend completed a 4-1 week, which should help erase memories of last weekend’s 0-4 disaster.
The baseball team will need a short memory and some long underwear for today’s game. The Red (4-16, 2-6 Ivy) will host the Binghamton Bearcats (9-10). Cornell will try to move past the disappointment of last weekend, which saw the team lose four crucial games to conference foes. In order for the Red to have a chance to break its losing streak, the weather must give the team a chance to play. Ithaca is expected to see snow and temperatures in the 30s today.
“We have a pretty good chance of playing tomorrow, especially with the turf field,” said senior shortstop Scott Hardinger. “Assuming that there’s no snow or heavy rain, we should be able to play.”
Cold weather is nothing new to the Red.
The Red (4-12, 2-2 Ivy) will continue its Ivy League schedule with a road trip this weekend. Cornell will face Harvard in two games tomorrow and then will travel to New Hampshire for a doubleheader against Dartmouth on Sunday.
Beginning tomorrow at noon, the Red will take on host Harvard (4-17, 2-2 Ivy). Last season, the Red won the first half of a doubleheader against Harvard on a walk-off single by current senior shortstop Scott Hardinger. The Red lost a 2-1 contest to the Crimson later that day.
Tomorrow, the Red will send sophomore Jadd Schmeltzer to the mound for its first game.