BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Sophomore Max Dean set the tone by opening the match up with a major decision victory over the third-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds and No. 9 Cornell never looked back as the Big Red improved to 12-2 on the season with a 17-16 win over the Hokies on Friday evening at Cassell Coliseum.
Dean had the only three takedowns of the match to upset No. 3 Zack Zavatsky to open the dual, a match that would play a big role in the Big Red's criteria win. Despite the team score being tied at 16-16, Cornell scored more match points from decisions, major decisions and technical falls by a 65-54 margin, nearly entire made up of the nine-point shutout for the returning All-American in the feature match of the day. Both teams won five bouts, though the Big Red won two of three matchups between top 20 wrestlers. In addition to Dean's win, Chas Tucker earned a decisive 8-3 victory over No. 14 Korbin Myers at 133, while seventh-ranked David McFadden of Virginia Tech used a late takedown to topple No. 14 Brandon Womack at 174 to close the match.
The win extended the Big Red's win streak to seven overall and makes Cornell 4-0 all-time against Virginia Tech. Cornell is now 47-5 in its last 52 road duals.
Cornell will visit No. 13 North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.
184: #13 Max Dean (C) won by major decision over #3 Zack Zavatsky (VT), 9-0
197: #7 Ben Honis (C) won by decision over Brooks Wilding (VT), 11-5
285: Billy Miller (VT) won by decision over Jeramy Sweany (C), 5-3
125: #8 Vitali Arujau (C) won by decision over Joey Prata (VT), 4-2
133: #13 Chas Tucker (C) won by decision over #14 Korbin Myers (VT), 8-3
141: #1 Yianni Diakomihalis (C) won by decision over Mitch Moore (VT), 6-1
149: Ryan Blees (VT) won by decision over Will Koll (C), 9-6
157: B.C. LaPrade (VT) won by decision over Adam Santoro (C), 10-5
165: #8 Mekhi Lewis (VT) won by major decision over Andrew Berreyesa (C), 14-5
174: #7 David McFadden (VT) won by decision over #14 Brandon Womack (C), 8-6