WREST: Pride Fall To Cornell On Second Half Rally
Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Opening the match at 125, Big Red freshman Nahshon Garrett, ranked sixth in the country by InterMat, recorded a first period takedown and an escape in the third to post a 3-1 victory over Hofstra's 16th-ranked senior Steve Bonanno (13-8). Garrett improved to 28-3 on the year and snapped Bonanno's six-match winning streak.
But the Pride won the next four matches to take a strong lead into the intermission at 15-3. Junior Jamie Franco notched an escape in the first tie-breaker to defeat sophomore Bricker Dixon (14-10), 2-1 at 133. Franco evened his record at 12-12 this season. Pride junior Luke Vaith gave Hofstra a 6-3 lead in the 141-pound match with a 5-0 win over junior Mike Nevinger (27-7). Vaith, who accumulated 3:12 in riding time, improved to 17-10 this season.
At 149, red-shirt sophomore Cody Ruggirello made it three-in-a-row for Hofstra with a pin of junior Ryan Dunphy (19-9) at the 4:54 mark. It was Ruggirello's second pin of the season as he improved to 3-12 on the year. Pride senior Tyler Banks closed out the first half of the match with a 4-3 decision in the second tie-breaker over Jesse Shanaman (7-3). Banks won his fourth consecutive match to improve to 5-3 on the season.
The second half of the contest was all Cornell and started with senior and three-time national champion Kyle Dake at 165 pounds. Dake (21-0) tallied his 11th pin of the season, stopping Hofstra sophomore Nick Terdick (4-19) at the 1:04 of the match to start the Big Red on their comeback. Junior Marshall Peppelman closed the deficit to 15-12 with a 5-3 win over Hofstra sophomore Jermaine John. Peppelman tallied two takedowns in the third period to boost his record to 14-11. John, who saw his six-match winning streak stopped, slipped to 16-10 this year.
Cornell then took the lead at 184 pounds as fourth-ranked senior Steve Bosak (10-2) pinned senior Taras Luzhnyy (2-15) at the 2:54 mark. It was Bosak's third win by fall this year as the Big Red took an 18-15 lead. Sophomore Jace Bennett (21-11) gave Cornell its third pin of the match at 197 pounds with a fall victory over Pride freshman Victor Pozsonyi (1-12) at the 1:58 mark to increase the lead to 24-15.
With the match already decided in favor of the Big Red, the contest went from bad to worse for the Pride when Hofstra senior Paul Snyder (18-8) suffered a knee injury in his 285-pound match against sophomore Jacob Aiken-Phillips (12-6) and lost by injury default in the third period to close out the contest. The loss snapped Snyder's six-match winning streak. Hofstra fell to the Big Red for the ninth consecutive time.
The Pride return to action on Sunday, February 10 when they travel to CAA-opponent Binghamton University for a 2 p.m. match.
#10 Cornell 30, Hofstra 15
125 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) dec. Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) 3-1.
133 Jamie Franco (Hofstra) dec. Bricker Dixon (Cornell) 2-1 in TB1
141 Luke Vaith (Hofstra) dec. Michael Nevinger (Cornell) 5-0.
149 Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra) WBF Ryan Dunphy (Cornell) 4:54.
157 Tyler Banks (Hofstra) dec. Jesse Shanaman (Cornell) 4-3 in TB2
165 Kyle Dake (Cornell) WBF Nick Terdick (Hofstra) 1:04.
174 Marshall Peppelman (Cornell) dec. Jermaine John (Hofstra) 5-3.
184 Steve Bosak (Cornell) WBF Taras Luzhnyy (Hofstra) 2:54.
197 Jace Bennett (Cornell) WBF Victor Pozsonyi (Hofstra) 1:58.
285 Jacob Aiken-Phillips (Cornell) injury default Paul Snyder (Hofstra) 5:14.