Cornell sweeps Day 1 at South Beach Duals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The No. 18-ranked Cornell wrestling team picked up its first wins of the season on Sunday, Dec. 29, defeating South Dakota State (18-16), Michigan State (20-16) and Wyoming (28-9) at the South Beach Duals hosted at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cornell (3-2) won a pair of close matches against South Dakota State and Michigan State before trouncing Wyoming to cap off the day.

In the first dual of the day, South Dakota State held a 16-12 lead over the Big Red heading into the final two weights, before Ben Darmstadt and Brendan Furman shut the door on a possible upset. Darmstadt, who returns to 197 pounds after starting the season at 184, won his first match via a 5-4 decision over No. 14 Tanner Sloan. Needing a win at heavyweight to complete the comeback, Brendan Furman shut down Blake Wolters, 5-0.

Cornell was tied with Michigan State, 9-9, heading into the 174 pound bout, but Brandon Womack blew the door open with a crucial pin of Layne Malczewski in 4:52. Following a loss at 184, Cornell led by a score of 15-12 heading into Darmstadt's bout. Darmstadt once again came through in the clutch, securing bonus points for the Big Red with a 19-2 tech fall victory over Nick May to lock up the dual victory.

The result was never in question against Wyoming, who the Big Red jumped on early by taking a 10-0 lead prior to the 149 pound bout. At 133 pounds, No. 6 Chas Tucker defeated No. 7 Montorie Brides, 3-2, for the second time this season. Tucker previously defeated Bridges in the finals of the Cliff Keen Invitational. Wyoming tried to make a comeback, winning bouts at 149 and 157 pounds, but Cornell rattled off four straight victories to put the dual out of reach. Womack and Darmstadt continued to dominate, each picking up falls in their final matches of the day.

Tucker, Womack and Darmstadt each led the team in wins on Sunday with three each, followed by Noah Baughman and Hunter Richard with two apiece.

Up Next: Cornell wrestling continues its trip in Florida with duals against No. 15 Minnesota and No. 19 Missouri on Monday, Dec. 30. Minnesota (3-3) went 1-1 on its first day in Fort Lauderdale, losing to Lehigh (29-10) and defeating Old Dominion (25-10). Missouri (5-2) extended its winning-streak to five duals with wins over Old Dominion (24-8) and Wyoming (22-10). Cornell will wrestle Missouri at 11 a.m. and Minnesota at 3 p.m. All live action can be viewed on TrackWrestling.


#18 Cornell Big Red (1-2) vs. South Dakota State (1-3)
Dec. 29, 2019 // Broward County Convention Center // Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Final: Cornell wins, 18-16

125: Daniel Vega (SDSU) major dec. Dom LaJoie (COR), 14-6
133: Chas Tucker (COR) dec. Zach Price (SDSU), 6-2
141: Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Noah Baughman (COR), 6-4
149: Hunter Richard (COR) dec. Peyton Smith (SDSU), 7-6
157: Adam Santoro (COR) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 8-2
165: Tanner Cook (SDSU) def. Milik Dawkins (COR), Fall (1:13)
174: Brandon Womack (COR) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 10-3
184: Zach Carlson (SDSU) dec. Jonathan Loew (COR), 8-5
197: Ben Darmstadt* (COR) dec. Tanner Sloan (SDSU), 5-4
285: Brendan Furman (COR) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 5-0

#18 Cornell Big Red (2-2) vs. Michigan State (3-1)
Dec. 29, 2019 // Broward County Convention Center // Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Final: Cornell wins, 20-16

125: Julian Saldana (MSU) dec. Dom LaJoie (COR), 3-2
133: Chas Tucker (COR) dec. Garrett Pepple (MSU), 4-3
141: Noah Baughman (COR) dec. Matt Santos (MSU), 8-2
149: Hunter Richard (COR) dec. Alex Hrisopoulos (MSU), 11-5
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) dec. Adam Santoro (COR), 9-3
165: Drew Hughes (MSU) dec. Andrew Merola (COR), 1-0
174: Brandon Womack (COR) def. Layne Malczewski (MSU), Fall (4:52)
184: Cam Caffey (MSU) dec. Jonathan Loew (COR), 9-6
197: Ben Darmstadt* (COR) tech. fall Nick May (MSU), 19-2
285: Christian Rebottaro (MSU) major dec. Seth Janney (COR), 9-0

#18 Cornell Big Red (3-2) vs. Wyoming (1-3)
Dec. 29, 2019 // Broward County Convention Center // Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Final: Cornell wins, 28-9

125: Dom LaJoie (COR) major dec. Doyle Trout (WYO), 15-6
133: Chas Tucker (COR) dec. Montorie Bridges (WYO), 3-2
141: Noah Baughman (COR) dec. Chase Zollmann (WYO), 5-1
149: Jaron Jensen (WYO) dec. Hunter Richard (COR), 3-1
157: Dewey Krueger (WYO) dec. Adam Santoro (COR), 5-3
165: Jake Brindley (COR) dec. Cole Moody (WYO), 6-4
174: Brandon Womack (COR) def. Casey Randles (WYO), Fall (3:41)
184: Jonathan Loew (COR) dec. Tate Samuelson (WYO), 6-4 (SV-1)
197: Ben Darmstadt* (COR) def. Stephen Buchanan (WYO), Fall (2:35)
285: Brian Andrews (WYO) dec. Brendan Furman (COR), 7-2


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