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    Cornell claims EIWA crown, Lewnes wins title

    LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Big Red wrestling team won its second-straight EIWA Championship on Sunday night edging out Penn by a half of point. Freshman Mack Lewnes won the individual championship at 165 pounds, while juniors Jordan Leen and Steve Anceravage were runners-up at 157 and 174 pounds, respectively. The Big Red qualified six wrestlers for the NCAA Tournament, and all 10 Cornell grapplers finished in the top six of their respective weight classes.

    To open the day, senior Mike Rodriguez faced Penn's Rollie Peterkin. The two wrestlers were trading points back and forth in the first two periods with the Penn grappler holding a slight 7-5 advantage. Rodriguez chose to start the third period in the down position, and Peterkin turned him earning the pin in 5:54.

    In the consolation round, Rodriguez picked up bonus points for Cornell pinning Columbia's Brandon Kinney in 4:59. In his bout for third place, Rodriguez won an 11-6 decision over American's Jason Borshoff to qualify for his first NCAA tournament.

    At 133 pounds, freshman Mike Grey faced Navy's Joseph Baker in the quarterfinals. After a scoreless first period, the two were tied at two points apiece after two periods. Baker chose to start the third period in the down position and took the lead with a reversal. Grey came within a point with an escape and tied the match with Baker's second stalling warning. With 1:01 in riding time, Baker walked away with a 5-4 decision.

    In the consolation round, Grey defeated Harvard's Thomas Picarsic 10-3 to advance to the third place match. Grey qualified for his first NCAA tournament with a 10-4 decision over Brown's Jeffrey Schell to place third.

    In the consolation round, sophomore Adam Frey squared off against Brown's Mark Savino. Frey held a 7-2 lead after the first period. The Big Red grappler dominated his opponent in the second and earned valuable bonus points for the Big Red pinning him in 3:47 to advance to the third place bout, where Frey picked up the victory after Harvard's Corey Jantzen injury defaulted. With the third place finish, Frey qualified for this second NCAA tournament.

    In the quarterfinals, freshman DJ Meagher wrestled No. 2 ranked JP O'Connor of Harvard. Meagher earned the first points of the match with a takedown, but with an escape and a takedown of his own O'Connor claimed the lead the continued to pull ahead of the Big Red wrestler. O'Connor earned two back points with time winding down in the first period, and with an escape and a takedown in the second took an 8-2 lead into the third. Meagher chose to start the third at neutral looking to score points, but O'Connor earned another takedown at the end of the period. With 1:50 in riding time, the Harvard wrestler won an 11-2 major decision.

    In the consolation bracket, Meagher was edged out by a 4-1 decision by Columbia's Anthony Constantino. Meagher placed sixth after dropping a 6-2 decision to Lehigh's Trevor Chinn.

    In the quarterfinals, junior captain Jordan Leen hit the mat to wrestle American's Christopher Stout. Leen took a 6-1 lead after the first period earning two takedowns and two back points with time running out. Stout earned his second point of the match with an escape from his initial down position, but with another takedown, Leen turned his opponent to his back pinning him in 4:54.

    In the finals, Leen faced David Nakasone of Lehigh. The two were scoreless in the first, and Nakasone chose to start the second in the down position and earned a point with an escape in the only point of the period. In the third, Leen tied the match up with a quick opening escape. With less than a minute left in the bout, Nakasone took the lead with a takedown. Leen came within a point with an escape, but the Lehigh grappler earned another takedown to the win the title with a 5-2 victory.

    At 165 pounds, freshman Mack Lewnes took on Bucknell's Andrew Rendos in the quarterfinals. The two were scoreless after the first period, and Rendos earned the first mark with an escape from his initial down position. With six seconds left in the period, Lewnes took the lead with a takedown. Lewnes started the third period in the down position and earned another point with an escape. He earned two takedowns in the third to win a 7-2 decision to advance to the finals. Lewnes and Penn's Zack Shanaman were tied at four points apiece after regulation in the finals. Lewnes won the title with a takedown in sudden victory.

    Junior Steve Anceravage earned a quick takedown over Penn's Scott Griffin, but let the Quaker wrestler up looking for more points in the quarterfinals. Anceravage continued to attack throughout the rest of the period, but Griffin was able to evade staying within a point. Anceravage earned the only point of the second period with an escape from his initial down position. Griffin chose to start the third period down, but was unable to get away from Anceravage's clutches. With 2:03 in riding time, Anceravage advanced to the finals with a 4-1 victory.

    In the finals, Anceravage faced Navy's Matthew Stolpinski. The two were scoreless after the first period. In the second, Stolpinki escaped from his initial down position and with 24 seconds left in the period took a three point lead with a takedown. Ten seconds later, Anceravage came within a point with a reversal. Anceravage tied the match at three points apiece in the third with an escape to start the period. The two remained tied after regulation and the match went to sudden victory. Anceravage placed second after Stolpinski earned a takedown midway through the period.

    In the quarterfinals, sophomore Josh Arnone faced off against Penn's Lior Zamir. Zamir earned a takedown over Arnone and caught hold of the Big Red wrestler's arm and turned him earning two back points. In his efforts to escape, Arnone was injured and medical forfeited out of the match. Arnone forfeited his match in the consolation bracket, and placed sixth after forfeiting the fifth place bout.

    Freshman Justin Kerber was scoreless against Rutgers' Lamar Brown after the first period. Kerber earned the only point of the second with an escape. They were tied after regulation after Brown earned an escape from his starting down position. Brown earned the win in sudden victory with a takedown.

    In the consolation round, Kerber faced Army's Richard Starks where he was edged out, 4-2. Kerber placed fifth after winning a 9-8 decision over East Stroudsburg's David Williams.

    In his opening bout in the consolation brackets, freshman Maciej Jochym was up 2-0 after the first period. With an escape, a takedown and three back points, he held a 7-0 advantage going into the third. Jochym earned two more takedowns in the third, and with 1:54 in riding time, won a 12-2 major decision.

    In his next match, Jochym took on Brown's Levon Mock. Mock inched past the Big Red grappler, 4-3. Jochym placed sixth after losing to the No. 2 seed Trey McLean (Penn) 4-2 in sudden victory.

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