Diakomihalis Defends Title, Dean Blasts to Finals and Wrestling Crowns 4 All-Americans in 7th Place Finish at NCAAs
March 25, 2019


With 30 seconds left in the national championship bout at the 141-pound weight class, Cornell wrestling head coach Rob Koll felt something he almost never feels when sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis is on the mat: doubt.

“We never worry about Yianni because we know he’s always gonna win,” Koll said Sunday.

Down by one to Joey McKenna of Ohio State — a wrestler Diakomihalis smoothly sailed by when they last met in February — the coaches in Diakomihalis’ corner became uneasy even knowing Diakomihalis won his first national title last year on a four-point cradle with 20 seconds left.