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    Dake named EIWA Freshman of the Year

    ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell wrestling’s Kyle Dake has been named the EIWA Freshman of the Year it was announced on Monday night. Dake won the NCAA title at 141 pounds while helping the Big Red to a program-best second place team finish. The Cornell rookie became the first true freshman to win a national title in five years.

    Dake finishes his impressive rookie campaign with a 34-2 record including ending his season on a 24-match win streak. The 141 pounder had a perfect mark after the winter holidays and won the title at the Southern Scuffle. He followed by going 5-0 at the National Duals where he defeated four nationally ranked wrestlers including then No. 1 ranked Reece Humphrey (Ohio State), 8-4. Dake was 12-0 in team duals and was named first-team All-Ivy and Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

    Dake if the fourth Cornell wrestler in the last five years to win the EIWA Freshman of the Year award and follows Troy Nickerson (2006), Mack Lewnes (2008) and Cam Simaz (2009). Harvard’s JP O’Connor was named the EIWA Wrestler of the Year after winning the NCAA title at 157 pounds.

    A six-time letter winner at Lansing HS, Dake was a two-time New York state champion and three-time finalist. He is majoring in developmental sociology in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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