‘A Lot to Prove … And Not a Lot to Lose’: With Star Wrestlers Out to Train for Olympics, Cornell Still Has Sights Set on 18th Straight Ivy Title
November 21, 2019


With four of Cornell’s best wrestlers redshirting to pursue their Olympic goals during the collegiate season, the Red’s 2019-2020 lineup is almost unrecognizable. Nevertheless, the powerhouse of a team is anxious to hit the mats and continue its consistent league and national domination.

As a team in the 2018-2019 season, Cornell put up a perfect 5-0 conference record and earned a 17th consecutive Ivy League championship. A 13-3 record in dual meets against the nation’s fiercest competition primed the Red for a second-place team finish in the EIWA tournament. The Red earned a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Tournament.

Junior Yianni Diakomihalis, a two-time national champion at 141 pounds, is one of four Cornellians taking the year off to train for the Olympics. With his absence, the 141 spot goes from the Red’s greatest strength to a major question mark.