Cornell (Iowa) shuts out Simpson

INDIANOLA -- The 17th-ranked Rams picked up wins in all 10 weight classes en route to a 43-0 victory over Simpson Tuesday night at Hopper Gymnasium.

Cornell (6-2) cruised to its 10th straight series win over the Storm (1-3) and put up the most points in a dual meet since beating Buena Vista, 44-3, in 2011. It was the team's fifth shutout in head coach Mike Duroe's nine seasons at the helm, and first since the 2010-11 season.

The Rams recorded victories in a variety of ways, including pins by sophomores Samuel Chalkley (2:19 at 141 pounds), Trevor Engle (6:45 at 149) and senior Alex Coolidge (4:08 at 197). Cornell won three matches by two-point margins.

"Our guys wrestled pretty well. We wrestled with a purpose and for the most part were aggressive," Duroe said. "We scored points at important times, which gave us some momentum in individual matches."

Senior Ben Rosen received a forfeit in the opening bout at 125. Freshman Phillip Opelt (8-5) followed with a 14-4 major decision over Sam Reichenbacker. The Rams quickly built the lead to 22-0 behind back-to-back falls by Chalkley (over Devin Syler) and Engle (over Ryan Joint). Engle improved his season record to 12-4.

Sophomore 157-pounder Danny Klema made it 25-0 at the halfway point with a 10-4 decision over Jacob Mize. The Rams then reeled off three consecutive tight wins to push the advantage to 34-0.

Freshman Michael Maksimovic (13-6) won his 165-pound match 5-3 over Shane Swank on a last-second takedown in the third period. Brent Hamm (10-5) prevailed, 7-3, over Brett Roberts at 174. Sophomore Aburough Abegesah scored the winning takedown in extra time for a 6-4 sudden victory over Taylor Witzel at 184.

Coolidge (11-2) ended his match at 197 with a second-period pin over Jared Bevins. Senior heavyweight Carl Gaul (11-5) got past Colby Vlieger, 2-0, in the final match of the night.

"We're on a little bit of an uptick now," Duroe said. "I like our team. But we still have a lot of work to do and need to keep paying attention to individual development."

National polls Cornell climbed eight spots to No. 17 in Tuesday's NWCA Division III Coaches' Poll. The Rams have a pair of nationally-ranked individuals in Coolidge (No. 4 at 197) and Engle (No. 8 at 149). Both wrestlers move up one spot from the previous rankings release.

Coming up: The Rams will take some time off from the competition mat before returning to action at the Citrus Invitational Dec. 29-30 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

125 Ben Rosen (Cor) won by forfeit. 133 Phillip Opelt (Cor) maj. dec. Sam Reichenbacker, 14-4. 141 Samuel Chalkley (Cor) pinned Devin Syler, 2:19. 149 #8 Trevor Engle (Cor) pinned Ryan Joint, 6:45. 157 Danny Klema (Cor) dec. Jacob Mize, 10-4. 165 Michael Maksimovic (Cor) dec. Shane Swank, 5-3. 174 Brent Hamm (Cor) dec. Brett Roberts, 7-3. 184 Aburough Abegesah (Cor) dec. Taylor Witzel, 6-4 SV. 197 #4 Alex Coolidge (Cor) pinned Jared Bevins, 4:08. 285 Carl Gaul (Cor) dec. Colby Vlieger, 2-0.


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