Cornell Sweeps Day One at South Beach Duals
December 29, 2019


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The No. 18-ranked Cornell wrestling team picked up its first wins of the season on Sunday, Dec. 29, defeating South Dakota State (18-16), Michigan State (20-16) and Wyoming (28-9) at the South Beach Duals hosted at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cornell (3-2) won a pair of close matches against South Dakota State and Michigan State before trouncing Wyoming to cap off the day.

In the first dual of the day, South Dakota State held a 16-12 lead over the Big Red heading into the final two weights, before Ben Darmstadt and Brendan Furman shut the door on a possible upset. Darmstadt, who returns to 197 pounds after starting the season at 184, won his first match via a 5-4 decision over #19 Tanner Sloan. Needing a win at heavyweight to complete the comeback, Brendan Furman shut down Blake Wolters, 5-0.

Cornell was tied with Michigan State, 9-9, heading into the 174 pound bout, but Brandon Womack blew the door open with a crucial pin of #25 Layne Malczewski in 4:52. Following a loss at 184, Cornell led by a score of 15-12 heading into Darmstadt's bout. Darmstadt once again came through in the clutch, securing bonus points for the Big Red with a 19-2 tech fall victory over Nick May to lock up the dual victory.

The result was never in question against Wyoming, who the Big Red jumped on early by taking a 10-0 lead prior to the 149 pound bout. At 133 pounds, #6 Chas Tucker defeated #7 Montorie Brides, 3-2, for the second time this season. Tucker previously defeated Bridges in the finals of the Cliff Keen Invitational. Wyoming tried to make a comeback, winning bouts at 149 and 157 pounds, but Cornell rattled off four straight victories to put the dual out of reach. Womack and Darmstadt continued to dominate, each picking up falls in their final matches of the day.

Tucker, Womack and Darmstadt each led the team in wins on Sunday with three each, followed by Noah Baughman and Hunter Richard with two apiece.