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Cornell defeats Harvard, Leen wins over O'Connor

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Big Red won its fourth Ivy match of the season, when it defeated Harvard, 34-9, on Friday evening. Cornell will look to win its fifth-straight Ivy title outright tomorrow afternoon when it faces Brown in Providence, R.I. The Big Red won seven of the night's contests, with Nick Bridge, Joey Hooker, and Zach Hammond winning by pin.

The match started at 133 pounds where Bridge faced the Crimson's Simon Orozco. Bridge put Cornell up 6-0 after the first match by pinning his opponent.

Freshman Corey Manson faced off against Max Meltzer at 141 pounds. Manson lost a 4-3 decision to the No. 16 ranked wrestler taking the team score to 6-3 in favor of the Big Red.

No. 4 ranked Jordan Leen met No. 6 J.P. O'Connor at 149 pounds. Leen took a 5-3 decision. At 157, Drake Hovis lost a 6-4 decision to the Crimson's Bobby Latessa.

Steve Anceravage, who is ranked No. 11 at 165 pounds, faced Frankie Colletta. The two wrestlers were tied after seven minutes of regulation time. Anceravage won a 6-4 decision in overtime.

Hooker climbed his way back into the national rankings this week after defeating No. 10 Matt Harrington last weekend in the Big Red's win over Penn. Ranked No. 18, Hooker grabbed another six points for the Big Red when he pinned Harvard's Fred Rowsey in the second period putting Cornell ahead, 18-6.

Senior Luke Hogle faced No. 15 Louis Caputo at 184 pounds. Caputo won Harvard's last bout of the match by a 6-1 decision.

At 197 pounds, No. 3 Jerry Rinaldi won by technical fall, 17-1, in the third period over Jon Butler. Hammond pinned Andrew Knapp in the second period of his heavyweight match. In the last contest of the night at 125 pounds, the Big Red's Mike Rodriguez won by tech fall, 22-5, over Ryan Fitzgerald.

Cornell wrestles Brown Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. and will also face Delaware State later in the day.

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