BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The No. 7 Big Red wrestling team opened its 2013 dual season with a 20-13 win over Lehigh in Leeman-Turner Arena in Grace Hall. Cornell won six bouts and freshman Nahshon Garrett won by technical fall at 125 pounds. Senior Kyle Dake moved up to 174 pounds for the day and picked up a win over No. 11 Nathaniel Brown in his fifth weight class of his career. Bricker Dixon (133), Mike Nevinger (141), Jesse Shanaman (165) and Stryker Lane (HWT) all added wins for Cornell.
The dual opened at 125 pounds with No. 10 Garrett facing Alex Abreu. There was lots of action right off the whistle, but it wasn't until midway through the period that Garrett notched a double leg takedown. The freshman added two back points to take a 4-1 lead. Abreu chose neutral to start the second. Garrett took him down once again and added two sets of back points to hold an 11-1 lead. Garrett reversed Abreu from his opening down position in the third and notched takedowns on his way to an 18-3 technical fall.
At 133 pounds, sophomore Bricker Dixon took on Randy Cruz. After a scoreless first period, Dixon took down Cruz to take a 2-0 lead into the third. Cruz chose top to start the third. Dixon was hit with two stalling calls, but the Big Red wrestler won a 2-1 decision.
Junior No. 9 ranked Mike Nevinger almost had Anthony Salupo pinned at 141 pounds in the first period but time ran out and the Big Red wrestler settled for a 5-0 advantage. Nevinger increased his lead to 9-1 in the second. Salupo reversed Nevinger from the Big Red's starting top position in the third. Nevinger escaped, but Salupo notched a takedown. With 1:08 in riding time, Nevinger won an 11-5 decision.
At 149 pounds, junior Ryan Dunphy took on No. 20 Shane Welsh. Dunphy wrestled hard and took good shots in the first, but Welsh defended to keep the first period scoreless. Dunphy escaped to start the second for the only point of the period. Welsh escaped from his opening down position in the third to tie the bout at 1-1. Dunphy had to call injury time, and Welsh escaped from his choice down position to take a 2-1 lead. With 34 seconds left in the bout, Dunphy took down Welsh, but the Lehigh wrestler escaped to tie the bout 3-3 at the end of regulation. Dunphy almost had a takedown in sudden victory, but time ran out. In the first tie breaker Dunphy chose down. Welsh was called for an illegal hold giving Dunphy a point, but Dunphy was unable to escape. Welsh chose to start his choice down and had a reversal to win a 5-4 decision.
At 157 pounds, freshman Chris Dowdy faced third ranked Joey Napoli. Napoli had a takedown in the first to take a 2-0 lead. The Lehigh wrestler reversed Dowdy in the second to go ahead 4-0. Napoli added takedowns in the third to win an 11-3 major decision with riding time.
Jesse Shanaman held a 2-0 lead after the first period at 165 pounds against Albert Woody. Shanaman almost reversed Woody, but settled for a one point escape. Woody chose to start the third at neutral. Shanaman added another takedown to win a 5-0 decision.
Three-time NCAA champion Dake moved up to his fifth weight class to face No. 11 Nathaniel Brown at 174 pounds. Dake quickly got on the board with a takedown and racked up 2:50 in riding time before the period was over. Dake had two takedowns in the second and added a reversal from his opening down position in the third. With 2:28 in riding time, Dake won a 9-3 decision.
At 184 pounds, No. 2 Steve Bosak faced No. 5 Robert Hamlin. After a scoreless first period, Bosak immediately escaped from his opening down position in the second. Bosak almost locked up riding time in the third, but Hamlin escaped with 57 seconds in riding time. Hamlin notched a takedown with 20 seconds left in sudden victory to score the win.
Sophomore Jace Bennett squared off against John Bolich at 197 pounds. The two wrestlers were scoreless after two periods. Bennett chose down to start the third, but was unable to escape and Bolich won a 1-0 decision off riding time. Cornell held a 17-13 lead heading into heavyweight.
At heavyweight, Lane wrestled Jack Delia. Delia escaped to open the second period, but Lane took him down to take a 2-1 lead. Lane escaped to open the third and won a 3-1 decision.
Cornell will welcome Princeton on Saturday, Jan. 12 for a 1 p.m. dual at the Friedman Wrestling Center.
125: No. 10 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) tech fall Alex Abreu (Lehigh), 18-3 (Cornell 5, Lehigh 0)
133: Bricker Dixon (Cornell) dec. Randy Cruz (Lehigh), 2-1 (Cornell 8, Lehigh 0)
141: No. 9 Mike Nevinger (Cornell) dec. Laike Gardner (Lehigh), 11-5 (Cornell 11, Lehigh 0)
149: No. 20 Shane Welsh (Lehigh) dec. Ryan Dunphy (Cornell), 5-4 (Cornell 11, Lehigh 3)
157: No. 3 Joey Napoli (Lehigh) maj. dec. Chris Dowdy (Cornell), 11-3 (Cornell 11, Lehigh 7)
165: Jesse Shanaman (Cornell) dec. Albert Woody (Lehigh), 5-0 (Cornell 14, Lehigh 7)
174: No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) dec. No. 11 Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh), 9-3 (Cornell 17, Lehigh 7)
184: No. 5 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) dec. No. 2 Steve Bosak (Cornell), 3-1 SV (Cornell 17, Lehigh 10)
197: John Bolich (Lehigh) dec. Jace Bennett (Cornell), 1-0 (Cornell 17, Lehigh 13)
HWT: Stryker Lane (Cornell) dec. Jack Delia (Lehigh), 3-1 (Cornell 20, Lehigh 13)