Darmstadt Pin Propels Big Red Past No. 23 Lock Haven
February 04, 2018


LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Freshman Ben Darmstadt put a damper on Lock Haven's senior day, earning a first period fall to rally 10th-ranked Cornell past the 23rd-ranked Bald Eagles 20-18 on Sunday afternoon at Thomas Fieldhouse. The Big Red improved to 9-2 on the season with its fifth-straight dual win, while LHU fell to 11-4.

The Big Red trailed 15-8 heading into the final four matches and were down 15-14 when Darmstadt pinned Trey Hartsock just 67 seconds into their match at 197 pounds, his 15th win by fall this season. That mark is already a Big Red freshman record.

A number of factors led to the Big Red rally, including hard-fought wins by Brandon Womack at 174 and Max Dean at 184 that allowed the Big Red to narrow the gap. Chaz Tucker earned a 6-4 victory at 133 and No. 4 Yianni Diakomihalis was dominant in a tech fall victory over Kyle Shoop, who has been ranked during the season. Diakomihalis dominated early and ran through Shoop just 25 seconds into the second period for his tech fall victory.

Tucker earned the only takedowns in his win over DJ Fehlman at 133, while Dean came back after giving up an early takedown against Corey Hazel at 184 to take a 5-2 win, improving to 22-2 on the season..

Will Koll lost a tough 5-3 contest at 149 pounds to No. 16 Ronnie Perry, one of three nationally-ranked Bald Eagles' wrestlers to take victories on the afternoon.