Tuesday evening, 2023 Fargo U17 freestyle national champion Elijah Diakomihalis (Hilton, NY) gave a verbal to Cornell University. News of Diakomihalis' commitment was broken by the MorWrestling Twitter account.
With his performance in Fargo, Diakomihalis was elevated into MatScouts national rankings at 182 lbs for the first time, coming in at #19. Diakomihalis is the first member of the Class of 2025 to commit to Cornell. He was not ranked on the Class of 2025 Big Board, but suffice it to say, he’ll be included in the next post-Fargo update.
Yes, that’s a familiar last name for Cornell fans and general wrestling fans alike, as Elijah is the younger brother of four-time NCAA champion and world silver medalist, Yianni, and current Big Red team member, Greg. After Elijah’s Fargo win, Yianni noted on social media that he’s the first member of the Diakomihalis family with a Fargo championship. Yianni was a Cadet runner-up in freestyle, while Greg was third.
During his high school career, Elijah has finished second and third at the New York State Championships. He was a runner-up this year at 189 lbs and third at 172 lbs, as a freshman.
Seeing as Diakomihalis is already at 182/189 before his junior year of high school, 184/197 could be where he’ll make his mark for the Big Red.
For more recruiting information, check out InterMat’s College Commitment Page.