Cornell Wrestling Falls in Season Opener for First Time Since 2009
November 24, 2019


Cornell wrestling made history in its opening dual for the 2019-2020 season — but not the type of history it was looking for. After winning nine straight season openers, the Red broke its almost decade-long winning streak and faltered against North Carolina State.

With a higher ranking and four duals already under its belt, No. 9 North Carolina State (4-0) had the odds in its favor. With several ranked players, including the top-ranked wrestler at 157 pounds, Hayden Hidlay, the Red (0-1) faced stiff competition to open the season.

“N.C. State is a great team, and they have a really strong lineup from top to bottom,” said junior Hunter Richard. “The first match is definitely an adjustment match, so it was a tough first match for sure to come out against a top-10 team.”