After years of training, hundreds of hours of practice, and plenty of blood, sweat and tears, the career-defining matches for several members of wrestling team are quickly approaching. Beginning Thursday, the second-ranked wrestling team will compete in the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Miss.
For the Red, all the pieces appear to be in place for a run at the Championship. Cornell finished 12th in 2007 and ninth last year, but this year’s team is one of the strongest in Cornell history. Seven wrestlers earned automatic bids into the Championship brackets. Two others received at-large bids. Cornell is one of only seven schools with at least nine qualifiers. Only Iowa State is represented in all 10 weight classes.