ITHACA, N.Y. -- The No. 7 Big Red wrestling team powered its way to a 37-3 win over Bucknell on senior day. Seniors Kyle Dake and Steve Bosak both notched pins in their final matches at the Friedman Wrestling Center. At 125 pounds, freshman Nahshon Garrett won by forfeit, while Chris Villalonga won by major decision at 149 pounds.
Before the start of the match, Cornell honored its eight seniors including three-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake, NCAA champion Steve Bosak, Cody Hutcheson, Pete Mesko, Oney Snyder, Lukasz Stala, Joe Stanzione and Patrick Sullivan. Cornell also inducted three new members into its Hall of Distinguished Wrestling Alumni including Joe DeMeo '66, Dan Kathan '71, Andy Noel (Honorary).
After the forfeit at 125, sophomore Bricker Dixon hit the mat against Paul Petrov at 133 pounds. Dixon grabbed a takedown in the first and almost had back points, but had to settle for a 2-0 lead and 2:08 in riding time. Dixon reversed his opponent from his opening down position in the second, but Petrov would escape. Dixon almost had another takedown at the end of the period, but time had run out. Petrov escaped to open the third and tied the bout at 4-4 with a takedown midway through the period. Dixon escaped, and with 2:15 in riding time, won a 6-4 decision.
At 141 pounds, No. 12 Mike Nevinger faced Derrik Russell. After a scoreless first period, Russell chose to start the second at neutral. Nevinger got on the board with a takedown midway through the period. Nevinger escaped from his opening down position in the third to win a 3-0 decision.
No. 13 ranked Villalonga took on Adam Healey at 149 pounds. Villallonga notched a takedown right into a far side cradle at the edge of the mat. Villalonga tried to pull his opponent back on to the mat for a pin, but ended with three back points. Villalonga immediately rolled out from his opening down position in the second and almost had a reversal. Healey chose neutral to open the third period. Villalonga countered a shot to take him down once again. With 2:36 in riding time, Villalonga won a 9-1 major decision.
At 157 pounds, Jesse Shanaman faced Ray Schlitt. Shanaman took down his opponent in the first to take a 2-1 lead. Shanaman chose to start the second down and within 30 seconds had escaped. Schlitt chose to start the third down, but was unable to escape. With 3:08 in riding time, Shanaman won a 4-1 decision.
After the halftime break, No. 1 ranked Dake took on No. 10 Corey Lear. Dake went on the attack right off the whistle. Dake took down Lear with a throw by and immediately went to work securing a cradle. The Big Red senior brought the crowd to its feet, winning by fall in 0:53. Dake has won his last eight matches by bonus points including seven falls and one technical fall.
At 174 pounds, Marshall Peppelman faced Robert Schlitt. Peppelman took down Schlitt a minute into the match to take a 2-0 lead. Peppelman immediately spun out from his opening down position in the second. Schlitt chose down to start the third period. Schlitt would escape, but Peppelman grabbed another takedown with one second left on the clock to win a 6-1 decision with riding time.
NCAA champion Bosak faced Robert Marchese in his final match at the Friedman Wrestling Center. Bosak immediately took down Marchese and went to work turning him. The Big Red senior muscled his way to a pin in 2:24.
At 197 pounds, Jace Bennett wrestled Tyler Lyster. Lyster took down Bennett with only nine seconds off the clock and rode him out for the remainder of the period. Lyster chose to start the second down, but was unable to escape. Bennett reversed Lyster from his opening down position in the third. Bennett let him up looking to score and added another takedown. With 4:49 in riding time, Bennett won a 7-1 decision.
Sophomore Jacob Aiken-Phillips took on Joe Stolfi at heavyweight. Stolfi brought an eight match winning streak into the weekend. The two wrestlers traded shots and scrambled throughout most of the period. Stolfi caught Aiken-Phillips for a takedown and two quick back points before the Big Red wrestler could escape. Stolfi reversed Aiken-Phillips midway through the second period from his starting down position. Aiken-Phillips chose to start the third on top, but Stolfi reversed him once again. With 15 seconds left in the bout, Aiken-Phillips escaped to deny Stolfi a major decision ending the bout with a score of 9-2.
Cornell will round out its home slate next weekend when the Big Red plays host to the National Duals in Newman Arena on Sunday.
125: No. 6 Nashon Garrett (Cornell) win by forfeit (Cornell, 6-0)
133: Bricker Dixon (Cornell) dec. Paul Petrov, 6-4 (Cornell, 9-0)
141: No. 12 Mike Nevinger (Cornell) dec. Derrik Russell, 3-0 (Cornell, 12-0)
149: No. 13 Chris Villalonga (Cornell) maj. dec. Adam Healey (Bucknell), 9-1 (Cornell, 16-0)
157: Jesse Shanaman (Cornell) dec. Ray Schlitt, 4-1 (Cornell, 19-0)
165: No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) win by fall No. 10 Corey Lear, 0:53 (Cornell, 26-0)
174: Marshall Peppelman (Cornell) dec. Robert Schlitt, 6-1 (Cornell, 28-0)
184: No. 4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) win by fall Robert Marchese, 2:24 (Cornell, 34-0)
197: Jace Bennett (Cornell) dec. Tyler Lyster, 7-1 (Cornell, 37-0)
Hwt: Joe Stolfi (Bucknell) dec. Jacob Aiken-Phillips, 9-2 (Cornell, 37-3)