NEW YORK -- Cole Corrigan and Laurence Kosoy both registered falls and Columbia won five consecutive bouts as it battled back to claim a 25-18 wrestling victory over Hofstra Saturday at Columbia's University Gymnasium. Saturday's match was designated Columbia's annual Alumni Day as over 30 alumni members were introduced and greeted on the mat following the fifth bout of the day.
With the victory, Columbia improves to 5-3 in dual matches on the year. Hofstra drops to 4-10.
Trailing 15-3, Columbia claimed five consecutive bouts at the middle weights. At 149 pounds, Cole Corrigan got it all started for Columbia with a six-point fall that closed the Lions to within 15-9. In a back-and-forth match, Corrigan went from almost going down with a fall to pinning his opponent, Hofstra's Holden Heller at the 2:53 mark. Dan Reed followed with a major decision 11-2 victory over Hofstra's Ryan Berkert at 157 pounds. Laurence Kosoy gave Columbia the lead when he registered a fall at 5:25 over Hofstra's Corey Langner at 165 pounds. With those six points, Columbia took a 19-15 lead.
The Lions never looked back as Max Elling put the Lions up 22-15 on a 7-1 decision at 174 pounds over Hofstra's Ricky Stamm. Columbia's Brian Bonino put the match out of reach with a 6-4 sudden victory in the first period over Hofstra's Trey Rogers at 184.
Columbia head coach Zach Tanelli was pleased with his team's performance and was most proud of the "guts" his Lions showed.
"Winning multiple matches back-to-back: that's our identity. This team has showed continually throughout this year the guts and courage to not doubt themselves and continue to battle through the adversity that's thrown at them. I've been proud of this team in so many ways this year. It doesn't get old to watch guys fight and I'm really encouraged and proud of our team for stepping up. I'm proud of all these guys."
Hofstra jumped out to a quick 9-0 start after the first two bouts. Omar Haddad won an 11-2 heavyweight decision over Columbia's Danny Conley, then Hofstra's Dylan Ryder earned a technical fall 17-0 decision over Joe Manchio at 125 pounds. Columbia's Matt Kazimir put Columbia on the board with an 8-2 decision over Hofstra's Jacob Martin at 133. Hofstra went up 15-3 when Garret Lambert registered a fall over Columbia's Danny Fongaro at the 3:29 mark.
At that point, Columbia's mid-weights came through as Corrigan captured the first of five straight bouts.
Tanelli was also impressed with his team's toughness and singled out Corrigan, Laurence Kosoy and Bonino.
"Cole Corrigan…we've known all along since the recruiting process that he brought a lot to the table," Tanelli said. "He's battled some injuries and sickness. He's a bad, bad dude when he wants to be. He's starting to find his groove. Today he showed true character. He's controlling his match, he gets reversed to his back, finds the guts to fight off of his back and then he finds a way to pin the guy. He didn't quit. You don't see that often. He's showing his true character. Laurence Kosoy took care of business today. That's what we expect from Larry. He's a leader on this team as an upperclassmen. Larry went out there, he's coachable and did a great job. That's what we expect. The bar is so high for Larry but he answers every time. After the intermission I went back and told Brian Bonino that it was going to come down to him. That match was a toss-up and Brian did what he had to do to win in sudden victory."
Columbia hosts Sacred Heart on Sunday at 2 p.m. at University Gymnasium. The Sacred Heart match can be viewed on ESPN+ at this link. Next weekend, Columbia gets back into Ivy League play next weekend when it hosts both Penn (Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.) and Princeton (Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.). Both matches will be played at University Gymnasium.
285: Omar Haddad (Hof) MD Danny Conley (Col), 11-2 (4-0, Hofstra)
125: Dylan Ryder (Hof) TF (6:41) Joe Manchio (Col), 17-0 (9-0, Hofstra)
133: Matt Kazimir (Col) Dec. Jacob Martin (Hof), 8-2 (9-3, Hofstra)
141: Garret Lambert (Hof) Fall (3:29) Danny Fongaro (Col), (15-3, Hofstra)
149: Cole Corrigan (Col) Fall (2:53) Holden Heller (Hof) (15-9, Hofstra)
157: Dan Reed (Col) MD Ryan Berkert (Hof), 11-2 (15-13, Hofstra)
165: Laurence Kosoy (Col) Fall (5:25) Corey Langner (Hof) (19-15, Columbia)
174: Max Elling (Col) Dec. Ricky Stamm (Hof), 7-1 (22-15, Columbia)
184: Brian Bonino (Col) Dec. Trey Rogers (Hof), 6-4 sudden victory, 1st period (25-15, Columbia)
197: Nazar Haddad (Hof) Dec. Sam Wustefeld (Col), 6-4 sudden victory, 1st period (25-18, Columbia)