Now an NCAA Champion, Wrestling’s Diakomihalis Uses Toughness as his Greatest Weapon
April 26, 2018


At the South Beach Duals last December, Cornell wrestling’s Yianni Diakomihalis lost by decision to Jaydin Eierman of Missouri. A video review in the match’s waning moments gave Eierman a chance to come from behind, and the Tiger wrestler executed a six-point cradle in the final seconds to stun then-No. 1 Diakomihalis and hand the freshman his first career collegiate loss.

The loss to Eierman turned out to be the only defeat that Diakomihalis suffered en route to a national championship. But it was one loss too many, according to Diakomihalis.