Diakomihalis to be Honored at White House for NCAA Champions Day
November 20, 2019


ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell wrestling's Yianni Diakomihalis will be honored at The White House in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Nov. 22 as part of the annual NCAA National Champions Day. Individual champions from the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships will be in attendance, along with student-athletes from other sports.

Student-athletes and coaches will visit The White House in the morning on Friday and are expected to meet with President Donald Trump as part of the tour.

A two-time NCAA Champion, Diakomihalis will be joined in Washington, D.C. by The David Dunlop '59 Head Coach of Wrestling, Rob Koll, who is in his 26th season leading the program at Cornell.

En route to his second title at 141 pounds, Diakomihalis capped off a 29-0 sophomore campaign with a 6-4 decision over No. 2 seed Joey McKenna of Ohio State in the NCAA finals. Dating back to his freshman season, Diakomihalis is currently riding at 47-match winning streak.

This is the first time that all NCAA Division I individual champions have been invited to The White House. Other wrestlers expected to be in attendance are Jason Nolf, Bo Nickal, Mason Manville and Nick Nevills of Penn State, Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers, Mekhi Lewis of Virginia Tech and Drew Foster from Northern Iowa.