WAVERLY -- Cornell juniors Ben Rosen and Carl Gaul recorded bookend wins over highly-rated individuals as the No. 28 Rams had their moments in a 34-13 dual loss to top-ranked and unbeaten Wartburg Thursday night in Levick Arena.
Cornell (5-3) collected three match victories against the two-time defending national champions. The 13 dual meet points are the most allowed by Wartburg (14-0) against a Division III foe this season.
Rosen gave the Rams an early lift with a 5-4 triumph over third-ranked Gilberto Camacho in the opening bout at 125 pounds. The upset moved Rosen's record to 18-12 on the season, and put Cornell ahead 3-0 in the dual.
The Knights went on to win the next seven matches – four of them pins – to take control of the meet with a 34-3 lead.
The Rams finished the dual strong, getting wins and bonus points from junior 197-pounder Alex Coolidge and Gaul at heavyweight in the final two matches. The second-ranked Coolidge (23-3) handled Steven Kleamenakis in a 14-5 major decision.
Gaul (20-10) provided the final highlight with a third-period pin over sixth-ranked Ryan Fank in 6:13. A late move gave Gaul his team-high 13th fall of the season, and 40th of his career.
In a rated matchup at 149, Cornell's fourth-ranked freshman Trevor Engle dropped a 13-9 decision to No. 2 Kodie Silvestri. Engle moved to 21-6 on the season.
Cornell 174-pounder Brent Hamm also fell by decision, 9-3, to fourth-ranked Dylan Azinger. At 141, freshman Samuel Chalkley lost a 12-2 major decision to Tommy Mirocha.
Cornell's Scott Smith at 133, Daniel Ball at 157, Colin Bertucci at 165 and Kevin Stahmer at 184 all lost by fall against nationally-ranked opponents.
Coming up – The Rams return to action Feb. 2 for Loras' Duhawk Open in Dubuque. Cornell's next dual meet is Feb. 6 at No. 26 University of Dubuque.
125: Ben Rosen (CC) won by 5-4 dec vs. #3 Gilberto Camacho (WB). 3-0 Cornell
133: #1 Kenny Anderson (WB) won by fall at 1:32 vs. Scott Smith (CC). 6-3 Wartburg
141: Tommy Mirocha (WB) wins by 12-2 maj dec vs. Samuel Chalkley (CC).10-3 WB
149: #2 Kodie Silvestri (WB) wins by 13-9 maj dec vs. #4 Trevor Engle (CC). 13-3 WB
157: #3 Cole Welter (WB) wins by fall at 2:27 vs. Daniel Ball (CC). 19-3 WB
165: #1 Landon Williams (WB) wins by fall at 3:47 vs. Colin Bertucci (CC). 25-3 WB
174: #4 Dylan Azinger (WB) wins by 9-3 dec vs. Brent Hamm (CC). 28-3 WB
184: #5 Sam Upah (WB) wins by fall at 1:43 vs. Kevin Stahmer (CC). 34-3 WB
197: #2 Alex Coolidge (CC) wins by 14-5 maj dec Steven Kleamenakis (WB). 34-7 WB
285: Carl Gaul (CC) wins by fall at 6:13 vs. #6 Ryan Fank (WB). 34-13 WB
149 exhibition: Andrew Johnson (WB) won by 11-2 maj dec vs. Zach Bechtkof