Cornell tops Wyoming to start off South Beach Duals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Cornell head coach Rob Koll picked up career win No. 297 With a 23-9 victory over No. 18 Wyoming, but a weather cancellation means the Big Red mentor won't be able to pick up win No. 300. At least, not this weekend.

Koll entered the weekend needing to win all four matches at the South Beach Duals at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center this weekend, but will only get a chance to wrestle three. No. 20 North Dakota State having to cancel its 11 a.m. match after flight cancellation didn't get them to the Sunshine State in time for the bouts. Freshman Vitali Arujau and junior Fredy Stroker each picked up a pair of victories on the day as the Big Red got 10 matches in during the morning session despite, as the Big Red to match matched up with a number of wrestlers from other competing schools. Cornell won 8-of-10 matches in the session, including pins by both Stroker at 157 against Kent State's Joe Andrassy and Hunter Richard at 149 vs. Kyler Rea of West Virginia.

The Big Red then bounced nationally ranked Wyoming in the afternoon, overcoming a team penalty point thanks in large part to three late third-period wins.

Cornell had a narrow 7-3 lead before using late scores to overcome deficits, as Chris Schoenherr used a late escape and a last-second takedown to top Jaron Jensen at 149, followed by Stroker repeating that feat in the final 30 seconds at 157 to edge out Dewey Krueger. Jearmy Sweany topped 20th-ranked Brian Andrews with last-second heroics, reversing the Cowboy with 30 seconds remaining and pushing his riding time over 1:00 in the process to avenge a loss from earlier in the season.

The usual suspects also picked up valuable points, as sophomore Max Dean overcame an early takedown to blitz Carless Looney at 184, tilting him three times for eight points in the second and for four more in the third to claim a 17-2 tech fall. Defending national champion Yianni Diakomihalis earned bonus points for the Big Red at 141 with a 14-6 major decision over Sam Turner. The sophomore had the only six takedowns of the match to improve to 6-0 on the year.

No. 13 Chas Tucker and 12th-ranked Montorie Bridges of Wyoming wrestled a 2-1 tiebreaker with escapes proving to be the only points of the afternoon, allowing the Cowboys to get on the board and knot the match at 3-3 after Arujau defeated Cole Verner at 125. The lead grew to 21-6 after nationally ranked wrestlers for Wyoming (Branson Ashworth at 165) and Cornell (Brandon Womack at 174) each earned decisive 6-0 triumphs at their weight classes.

Cornell will close out the two-day event with matches against Indiana at 11 a.m. and No. 6 Missouri at 1 p.m.

Morning Session Individual Matches
125: #13 Vitali Arujau (Cornell) won by decision over Tomas Gutierrez (Kent State), 8-3
133: #13 Chas Tucker (Cornell) won by decision over Allan Hart (Missouri), 9-3
141: Alex Hrisopoulos (Michigan State) won by fall over Michael Russo (Cornell)
149: Jonathan Furnas (Cornell) won by decision over Jaron Jensen (Wyoming), 6-5
149: Hunter Richard (Cornell) won by fall over Kyler Rea (West Virginia)
157: #18 Fredy Stroker (Cornell) won by fall over Joe Andrassy (Kent State)
165: Luke Fortuna (Missouri) won by decision over Milik Dawkins (Cornell), 8-7
174: Andrew Berreyesa (Cornell) won by decision over Casey Randles (Wyoming), 5-0
197: Ben Honis (Cornell) won by decision over Shawn Shadaia (Michigan State), 5-0
285: Brendan Furman (Cornell) won by decision over Jacob Bohlken (Missouri), 3-2

#8 Cornell 23, #18 Wyoming 9
125: #13 Vitali Arujau (Cornell) won by decision over Cole Verner (Wyoming), 7-4
133: #12 Montorie Bridges (Wyoming) won by decision over #13 Chas Tucker (Cornell), 2-1 (tb2)
141: #1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) won by major decision over Sam Turner (Wyoming), 14-6
149: Chris Schoenherr (Cornell) won by decision over Jaron Jensen (Wyoming), 8-7
157: #18 Fredy Stroker (Cornell) won by decision over Dewey Krueger (Wyoming), 7-6
165: #9 Branson Ashworth (Wyoming) won by decision over Milik Dawkins (Cornell), 6-0
174: #14 Brandon Womack (Cornell) won by decision over Casey Randles (Wyoming), 6-0
184: #6 Max Dean (Cornell) won by technical fall over Carless Looney (Wyoming), 17-2
197: Cale Davidson (Wyoming) won by decision over Jake Taylor (Cornell), 5-3
285: Jeramy Sweany (Cornell) won by decision over #20 Brian Andrews (Wyoming), 6-5
* - Team penalty point deducted from Cornell


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