Cornell, OSU, Missouri, Virginia Tech win regionals

Cornell, Oklahoma State, Missouri, and Virginia Tech won their regionals on Sunday to advance to the finals of the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals, which take place Friday and Saturday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The eight-team finals field is comprised of the four regional winners, plus Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Illinois.

Cornell advances with wins over Nebraska, Hofstra
Cornell University Sports Information

The Big Red wrestling team advances to the National Duals' Finals next weekend in Minnesota after defeating Nebraska and Hofstra on Sunday afternoon in Newman Arena. Cornell opened the day by blanking Hofstra, 42-0, before moving past the Cornhuskers by a score of 19-17. Nebraska advanced to the finals by defeating Virginia 28-8. The Cavaliers placed third after winning a 21-15 dual over the Pride.

The Big Red notched five pins on the day, including two by NCAA champion Kyle Dake. Dake now has 16 falls this season and is one shy of tying the school record of 17 that is held by Cam Simaz '12 and Steve Anceravage '09. Dake has 42 for his career.

Cornell's day opened with No. 6 Nahshon Garrett taking on Steve Bonanno at 125 pounds. Garrett held a 7-1 lead after the first with two takedowns and three back points. The Big Red freshman added another takedown in the second and escaped from his opening down position in the third. With 21 seconds left in the bout, Bonanno took down Garrett. With 2:04 in riding time, Garrett won an 11-5 decision.

At 133 pounds, Bricker Dixon was scoreless against Jamie Franco in the first period. Dixon reversed Franco to begin the second, and Franco escaped with 37 seconds left in the period. Franco quickly escaped to open the third, but Dixon would take him down once again to win a 4-3 decision.

Mike Nevinger was scoreless after the first period against Luke Vaith at 141 pounds. Nevinger escaped to open the second for the only point of the period. Vaith chose neutral to start the third. With eight seconds left in the bout, Nevinger countered a shot by Vaith to grab two more points with a takedown to win a 3-0 decision.

At 149 pounds, Chris Villalonga faced Cody Ruggirello. Midway through the first, Villalonga took a 2-0 lead with a takedown but with one second left on the clock, Ruggirello reversed him. The Pride wrestler chose to start the second down, and Villalonga grabbed three back points to lengthen his lead to 5-2. Villalonga chose neutral in the third and with 3:07 in riding time, won a 6-2 decision.

At 157 pounds, Jesse Shanaman faced Tyler Banks. After a scoreless first period, Banks escaped to open the second period. Banks' one point advantage was the only time during the entire dual that a Hofstra wrestler held an advantage over Cornell. Shanaman took back the lead in the third with a reversal to win a 2-1 decision.

At 165 pounds, No. 1 ranked Dake squared off against Nick Terdick. Dake held a 4-1 lead before pinning Terdick in 1:57

Marshall Peppelman took on Jermain John at 174 pounds. With less than one minute left in the first period, Peppelman took down John to hold a 2-1 lead after one period. Peppelman quickly escaped to open the second. John escaped from his choice down position in the third for the only point of the period, and Peppelman won a 3-2 decision.

At 184 pounds, Steve Bosak wrestled David Heitman. With a little over 15 seconds off the clock, the Big Red senior took down the Pride wrestler and turned him to win by fall in 1:47.

Jace Bennett and Stryker Lane followed suit in their respective weight classes. Bennett pinned Tim Murphy in 1:51, while Lane won by fall over Zeal McGrew in 1:11.

After a short break, Cornell returned to the mat against Nebraska. Garrett once again opened the dual, this time facing Eric Coufall. Garrett held a 7-1 lead after the first period with two takedowns and three back points. Garrett quickly escaped to open the second and added another takedown. With one second left on the clock in the third, Coufal escaped from his opening down position. With 4:13 in riding time, Garrett won an 11-3 major decision.

At 133 pounds, Dixon got on the board a minute into the first with a takedown against Shawn Nagel. Dixon escaped from his opening down position in the second to hold a 3-1 advantage. Nagel escaped to open the third period, but Dixon held on to win a 3-2 decision.

Nevinger wrestled his second match at 141 pounds against Ridge Kiley. Nevinger took down Kiley midway through the first. With 16 seconds left in the first, Kiley reversed him to tie the bout at 2-2. Kiley was unable to escape from his opening down position in the second period. Kiley chose an optional start in the third period to give Nevinger a one point escape. With 33 seconds left in the bout, Nevinger took him down again and added a riding time point to win a 6-2 decision.

At 149 pounds, Villalonga faced No. 10 Jake Sueflohn. The Cornhusker wrestler took a 2-0 advantage with a takedown in the first. Villalonga escaped to open the second, but with one second left on the clock Sueflohn took him down once again. Sueflohn reversed Villalonga from his opening down position in the third and added takedowns on his way to a 12-3 major decision.

Shanaman took on No. 6 James Green at 157 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Green reversed Shanaman to open the second. Shanaman escaped from his down choice in the third. With 15 seconds left in the bout, Green took him down once again to win a 5-2 decision.

Dake wrestled Tyler Koehn at 165 pounds. The Big Red senior held a 2-0 lead after the first period. Dake added three back points in second before winning by fall in 3:57.

At 174 pounds, Peppelman faced No. 4 Robert Kokesh. Kokesh held a 2-0 advantage after the first with a takedown. Peppelman escaped to open the second period, but the Cornhusker wrestler took him down once again. Kokesh racked up takedowns in the third to win a 14-3 major decision.

Bosak took on No. 8 Josh Ihnen at 184. After a scoreless first period, Ihnen was unable to escape from his choice down position in the second. Bosak held a 1-0 advantage after Ihnen was hit with his second stalling warning. Bosak quickly escaped to open the third and with 2:00 in riding time won a 3-0 decision.

At 197 pounds, Bennett wrestled against Caleb Kolb. Bennett held a 4-2 lead after the first with two takedowns. Kolb escaped 30 seconds into the second period, and with one second left on the clock took the lead with a takedown. Bennett escaped to open the third, but Kolb would take him down once again to win a 7-5 decision.

At heavyweight, Lane faced Spencer Johnson. After a scoreless first period, Johnson chose to start the second period down. Johnson quickly escaped after Lane had to call an injury time out. Johnson escaped from his choice down position after the timeout. The crowd rallied behind the injured Lane as he continued through match to keep Nebraska from winning the dual on bonus points. Lane escaped to open the third, but Johnson would take him down. With 1:30 in riding time, Johnson won a 5-2 decision.

Cornell will travel to Minnesota next weekend for the National Dual finals on Friday and Saturday.

Attendance: 2,132

Cornell 42, Hofstra 0
125: Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) over Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) Dec 11-5
133: Bricker Dixon (Cornell) over Jamie Franco (Hofstra) Dec 4-3
141: Michael Nevinger (Cornell) over Luke Vaith (Hofstra) Dec 3-0
149: Christopher Villalonga (Cornell) over Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra) Dec 6-2
157: Jesse Shanaman (Cornell) over Tyler Banks (Hofstra) Dec 2-1
165: Kyle Dake (Cornell) over Nick Terdick (Hofstra) Pin 1:57
174: Marshall Peppelman (Cornell) over Jermaine John (Hofstra) Dec 3-2
184: Steve Bosak (Cornell) over David Heitman (Hofstra) Pin 1:47
197: Jace Bennett (Cornell) over Tim Murphy (Hofstra) Pin 1:51
285: Stryker Lane (Cornell) over Zeal McGrew (Hofstra) Pin 1:11

Nebraska 28, Virginia 8
125: Matthew Snyder (Virginia) over Eric Coufal (Nebraska) TF 16-0
133: George DiCamillo (Virginia) over Shawn Nagel (Nebraska) Dec 8-2
141: Ridge Kiley (Nebraska) over Joseph Spisak (Virginia) Dec 5-0
149: Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) over Derek Valenti (Virginia) Dec 2-0
157: Brandon Wilbourn (Nebraska) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
165: James Green (Nebraska) over Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia) Dec 5-2
174: Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) over Jonathan Fausey (Virginia) Dec 7-4
184: Josh Ihnen (Nebraska) over Stephen Doty (Virginia) Maj 11-3
197: Caleb Kolb (Nebraska) over Michael Salopek (Virginia) Dec 8-2
285: Spencer Johnson (Nebraska) over Derek Papagianopoulos (Virginia) Dec 8-2

Cornell 19, Nebraska 17
125: Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) over Eric Coufal (Nebraska) Maj 11-3
133: Bricker Dixon (Cornell) over Shawn Nagel (Nebraska) Dec 3-2
141: Michael Nevinger (Cornell) over Ridge Kiley (Nebraska) Dec 6-2
149: Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) over Christopher Villalonga (Cornell) Maj 12-3
157: James Green (Nebraska) over Jesse Shanaman (Cornell) Dec 5-2
165: Kyle Dake (Cornell) over Tyler Koehn (Nebraska) Pin 3:57
174: Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) over Marshall Peppelman (Cornell) Maj 13-3
184: Steve Bosak (Cornell) over Josh Ihnen (Nebraska) Dec 3-0
197: Caleb Kolb (Nebraska) over Jace Bennett (Cornell) Dec 7-5
HWT: Spencer Johnson (Nebraska) over Stryker Lane (Cornell) Dec 5-2

Virginia 21, Hofstra 15
125: Matthew Snyder (Virginia) over Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) Dec 5-2
133: Jamie Franco (Hofstra) over George DiCamillo (Virginia) Dec 6-2
141: Luke Vaith (Hofstra) over Jimmy Nehls (Virginia) Dec 5-2
149: Derek Valenti (Virginia) over Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra) Dec 5-3
157: Tyler Banks (Hofstra) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
165: Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia) over Nick Terdick (Hofstra) Dec 13-6
174: Jonathan Fausey (Virginia) over Jermaine John (Hofstra) Dec 3-2
184: Stephen Doty (Virginia) over David Heitman (Hofstra) Pin
197: Zach Nye (Virginia) over Tim Murphy (Hofstra) Dec 4-0
285: Zeal McGrew (Hofstra) over Patrick Gillen (Virginia) Dec 3-1

Oklahoma State powers through Kent State, Northern Iowa
Oklahoma State University Information

Oklahoma State's top-ranked wrestling squad powered through Kent State and No. 24 Northern Iowa at its NWCA National Duals regional on Sunday to advance to next week's finals in Minnesota.

"I thought we wrestled pretty well," head coach John Smith said. "The one thing that stood out more than anything was the six pins. It was just exciting. I look forward to next week and a tough, tough tournament."

In their first dual, the Cowboys (15-0) earned four of the day's six pins to defeat the Golden Flashes, 34-10, taking them to the regional finals.

After quickly falling behind, 6-0, after losses at 125 and 133-pounds, Cowboys Julian Feikert, Jordan Oliver and Alex Dieringer answered with consecutive falls at 141, 149 and 157 pounds, respectively.

Third-ranked Tyler Caldwell and No. 2 Chris Perry snagged the first of their two wins for the day with a 4-1 decision from Caldwell and an 11-2 major decision from Perry.

They were followed by Chris Chionuma's 9-5 decision over No. 15 Casey Newburg.

Blake Rosholt fell at the hands of top-ranked 197-pounder Dustin Kilgore by a 12-3 major decision.

Gelogaev finished the dual with another pin in just 39 seconds.

In the regional finals, the Cowboys took down the No. 24 Panthers of Northern Iowa, 39-7.

Eddie Klimara bounced back from an earlier loss, earning a 10-2 major decision over Ryan Jauch. Oliver also snatched a major decision over UNI's Bart Reiter, 13-4.

Dieringer pinned No. 19 David Bonin late in the third period, earning his second of the day.

"It took me a while to get going, but once I did, it was good," Dieringer said. "I've been really working on my bars and being on top, and that's how I got my pins."

Caldwell's second win of the day came in the form of a 15-2 major decision over Jarrett Jensen.

Perry put the match away with his pin over Kyle Lux in 6:10. The last two Cowboys, Rosholt and Gelogaev, ended the match with two more bonus-point wins with a 19-2 technical fall and 16-6 major decision, respectively.

The Cowboys will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete for the National Duals title on Feb. 22-23. They will be joining the winners of the other regionals as well as Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio State, who received automatic bids to the finals.

Oklahoma State 34, Kent State 10
125: No. 16 Steve Mitcheff (KSU) dec. Eddie Klimara (OSU), 3-2
133: Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) dec. No. 5 Jon Morrison (OSU), 3-2
141: Julian Feikert (OSU) fall Lukas Kern (KSU), 6:38
149: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Andy Candiello (KSU), 4:02
157: No. 9 Alex Dieringer (OSU) fall Tommy Sasfy (KSU), 1:23
165: No. 3 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. Caleb Marsh (KSU), 4-1
174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) MD Mike Vollant (KSU), 11-2
184: No. 12 Chris Chionuma (OSU) dec. No. 15 Casey Newburg (KSU), 9-5
197: No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) MD No. 11 Blake Rosholt (OSU), 12-3
285: No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) fall Keith Witt (KSU), 0:39

Oklahoma State 39, Northern Iowa 7
125: Eddie Klimara (OSU) MD Ryan Jauch (UNI), 10-2
133: No. 5 Jon Morrison (OSU) won by forfeit
141: No. 13 Joey Lazor (UNI) MD Julian Feikert (OSU), 10-1
149: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) MD Bart Reiter (UNI), 13-4
157: No. 9 Alex Dieringer (OSU) fall No. 19 David Bonin (UNI), 6:34
165: No. 3 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) MD Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 15-2
174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) fall Kyle Lux (UNI), 6:10
184: No. 8 Ryan Loder (UNI) dec. No. 12 Chris Chionuma (OSU), 6-1
197: No. 11 Blake Rosholt (OSU) TF5 Taylor Kettman (UNI), 19-2
285: No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) MD Blayne Beale (UNI), 16-6

Missouri books trip to finals with two wins on Sunday
University of Missouri Sports Information

The sixth-ranked Mizzou Tiger wrestlers took home two duals on Sunday and booked a trip to the University of Minnesota next weekend to face off against many of the top programs in the nation. The Tigers knocked off No. 16 Purdue 27-15 in the second dual of the day after taking care of Maryland 27-13 in round one. Alan Waters, Drake Houdashelt, and top-ranked Dom Bradley all had big days for the Black and Gold in what happened to be the last time wrestling would be in the Hearnes Center this year.

The Tigers won the first six matches of the day and were well on their way to a 27-13 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. Waters, Houdashelt, and Kyle Bradley all added major decisions for the Tigers against the Terps, and No. 5 Nathan McCormick got his third consecutive win against a ranked opponent in No. 12 Geoffry Alexander. The Terps took three straight bouts from 174 pounds to 197. No. 5 Josh Asper avoided an upset against Mizzou senior Todd Porter with a successful takedown late in the third period. Jimmy Sheptock won by major decision over Johnny Eblen and Christian Boley was able to pin Brent Haynes at 2:59. Haynes had Boley nearly on his back but left his back exposed and the 14th-ranked grappler from Maryland was able to cash in on a defensive fall as time expired in the first period.

On the adjacent mat, the Purdue Boilermakers and the Wyoming Cowboys came down to the heavyweights, where Alex White of Purdue tallied a takedown with two seconds remaining to win 4-1 after a point for riding timewith an added point for riding time to secure the victory for the Boilermakers 20-16. A sudden victory win by Wyoming's No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez over No. 18 Braden Atwood kept the Cowboys alive, but Purdue was able to seal their fifteenth win of the year.

Purdue and Mizzou met up for the final round of the regional with the winner set to advance to Minneapolis, Minn., later this week. Waters set the tone once again with a major decision over No. 16 Camden Eppert, 15-3. Waters had already defeated Eppert this season back on November 10, also by major decision. A forfeit at 133 gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead, and then a technical fall by the sophomore Houdashelt at 5:26 put Mizzou in the driver's seat for the remainder of the dual. Houdashelt was able to tally six takedowns, two 3-point near falls, and one 2-point near fall in the match against Purdue's Frankie Porras.

The top-ranked Bradley finished off a victorious day for the Tigers with a couple of big takedowns against Purdue's Alex White in a 21-7 drubbing at heavyweight. Bradley, a perfect 30-0 on the season, finished off his home career as a Missouri Tiger with an undefeated record at home in his four years of attached wrestling. In fact, the last time Mizzou's big man lost in Columbia was in 2004 as a freshman in high school at Blue Springs. Bradley is now just four wins shy of the 100-win club as a Tiger grappler.

Maryland and No. 21 Wyoming met up across the Hearnes Center for their second dual of the day, with Maryland pulling off the upset 20-12. Maryland took the final four bouts of the dual after trailing 12-6 through the 165-pound weight class.

The Tigers are now slated to continue their quest as the 2013 NWCA National Duals Champions this coming weekend at the University of Minnesota. Mizzou will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 22 and will need to battle past top-ranked Oklahoma State, No. 4 Minnesota, and No. 5 Ohio State if they want to be crowned as champions in this year's event. Stay abreast with the Tigers and all of the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals action by following on Twitter and using the hashtag #MatMayhem.

Missouri 27, Maryland 13
125: No. 4 Alan Waters (MU) maj. dec. Shane Gentry (MD), 11-2
133: No. 5 Nathan McCormick (MU) dec. No. 12 Geoff Alexander (MD), 4-1
141: Nicholas Hucke (MU) dec. Shane Archeiga (MD), 6-2
149: No. 15 Drake Houdashelt (MU) major dec. Lou Mascola (MD), 13-4
157: No. 16 Kyle Bradley (MU) major dec. Danny Orem (MD), 12-1
165: No. 16 Zach Toal (MU) dec. Dominic DeRobertis (MD) 8-1
174: No. 5 Josh Asper (MD) dec. No. 13 No. 13 Todd Porter (MU) 3-1
184: No. 7 Jimmy Sheptock major dec. Johnny Eblen (MU) 10-2
197: No. 14 Christian Boley (MD) pinned No. 11 Brent Haynes (MU), 2:59 (13-21)
285: No. 1 Dom Bradley (MU) forfeit win

Missouri 27, Purdue 15
125: Alan Waters (MU) dec. Camden Eppert (PU), 15-3
133: Nathan McCormick (MU) wins by forfeit
141: Brandon Nelsen (PU) dec. Nicholas Hucke (MU), 8-4
149: Drake Houdashelt (MU) tech. fall. Frankie Porras (PU), 20-5 (5:27)
157: Tommy Churchard (PU) dec. Kyle Bradley (MU), 8-4
165: Pat Robinson (PU) dec. Trevor Wiest (MU), 6-1
174: Todd Porter (MU) maj. dec. Chad Welch (PU), 17-4
184: Johnny Eblen (MU) maj. dec. Andy Wiseman (PU), 15-2
197: Braden Atwood (PU) pinned Brent Haynes (MU), 3:13
285: Dom Bradley (MU) maj. dec. Alex White (PU), 21-7

Virginia Tech rolls in Corvallis to set up date in National Duals finals
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Sports Information

Despite being 2,700 miles from home and three time zones away, the seventh-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team posted a pair of impressive wins Sunday at the Regionals of the NWCA National Duals, crushing No. 25 Oklahoma before downing No. 9 Oregon State. With the wins, Tech advances to next weekend's National Duals finals in Minneapolis, Minn.

In the first match, Tech won all eight matches wrestled in cruising past 25th-ranked Oklahoma 33-6. Jarrod Garnett got Tech off to a quick start with a major decision at 125 pounds. After a pair of forfeits (one by each team), No. 5 Nick Brascetta beat 16th-ranked Nick Lester for the third time this year, this time 8-2. Jesse Dong, ranked seventh in the country, picked up a major decision over Nick DeAngelis, setting up the big bout of the match.

Fifth-ranked Pete Yates overcame an early takedown by fourth-ranked Bubby Graham to get a takedown of his own, plus three nearfall points later in the match to pick up a huge 7-2 win to avenge his lone loss of the season. Austin Gabel picked up a major decision before Nick Vetterlein and Derrick Borlie both earned wins. David Marone beat Keldrick Hall - a guy who pinned him earlier this season - with a 3-1 sudden victory to end the match.

After a short break, the Hokies re-took the mat, this time against ninth-ranked Oregon State with a trip to Minneapolis on the line. Garnett opened with an 8-3 win before Erik Spjut held on for a 3-2 win at 133 pounds to give Tech a 6-0 lead. The Beavers tied it up with a pair of victories, but then Dong rallied from a 4-1 deficit against No. 10 R.J. Pena to pull out a 5-4 win to swing the momentum.

Yates picked up five more team points with a technical fall at 165 pounds before Gabel earned a big 6-2 win at 174 pounds. Vetterlein iced the match with a 15-8 win over Cody Wieshoff, but Borlie tweaked a hamstring and had to take an injury default at 197 pounds. The day ended on a controversial note as Marone lead fourth-ranked Chad Hanke by one with time running out, but Hanke got in and was award the takedown at the buzzer to win 7-6 despite the protests from the Tech coaching staff who thought it came after the clock hit 0:00.

"I thought we really wrestled well and redeemed ourselves today against Oklahoma, even though we beat them three weeks ago. We left too much on the table in that match and took it to them pretty good today," head coach Kevin Dresser said. "In the OSU match, Jesse Dong got the gold star with his comeback win against a top-10 guy. He made the difference in the dual meet. Now, we have a quick turnaround with an arrival back to Blacksburg late Monday night and a flight to Minneapolis Thursday. He have some guys dinged up, so we have to lick our wounds and try to get ready."

The pairings for Friday night will be announced early next week. Tech is likely to be the No. 6 seed and take on No. 3 seed Minnesota. The event takes place Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23. Friday night's action starts at 7 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. local). Cornell, Missouri, Tech and Oklahoma State all won Regionals Sunday and will meet the four teams with automatic bids into the finals: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State.

Virginia Tech (15-2) 33, Oklahoma (4-7) 6
125: #5 Jarrod Garnett (VT) maj. dec. Kyle Garcia, 17-4
133: #18 Erik Spjut (VT) wins by forfeit
141: #1 Kendrick Maple (OU) wins by forfeit
149: #5 Nick Brascetta (VT) dec. #16 Nick Lester, 8-2
157: #7 Jesse Dong (VT) maj. dec. Justin DeAngelis, 8-0
165: #5 Pete Yates (VT) dec. #4 Bubby Graham, 7-2
174: Austin Gabel (VT) maj. dec. Matt Reid, 11-2
184: Nick Vetterlein (VT) dec. Nolan McBryde, 10-6
197: Derrick Borlie (VT) dec. Brad Johnson, 8-2
285: David Marone (VT) dec. Keldrick Hall, 3-1 (SV)

Virginia Tech (16-2) 20, Oregon State (10-4) 15
125: #5 Jarrod Garnett (VT) dec. Joey Palmer, 8-3
133: #18 Erik Spjut (VT) dec. Drew Van Anrooy, 3-2
141: #4 Mike Mangrum (OS) dec. #12 Zach Neibert, 7-3
149: #7 Scott Sakagucki (OS) dec. #5 Nick Brascetta, 3-1
157: #7 Jesse Dong (VT) dec. #10 R.J. Pena, 5-4
165: #5 Pete Yates (VT) tech fall Seth Thomas, 15-0 (4:33)
174: Austin Gabel (VT) dec. Cody Weishoff, 6-2
184: Nick Vetterlein (VT) dec. Austin Moorehead, 15-8
197: #6 Taylor Meeks (OS) inj. def. Derrick Borlie (4:38)
285: #4 Chad Hanke (OS) dec. David Marone, 7-6


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