#17 Big Red Wrestling has Ivy League Streak Snapped at #16 Princeton
February 10, 2020

 


PRINCETON, N.J. – Cornell wrestling saw its streak of 17 consecutive Ivy League championships snapped on Sunday, Feb. 9, as the Big Red was defeated by #16 Princeton, 19-13, at Jadwin Gymnasium.

Also broken on Sunday was Cornell's streak of 92 straight Ivy League dual victories that dated back to the 2001-02 season. Over the course of "The Streak," Cornell went an impressive 89-0 against conference opponents, with Penn as its closest competitor at 59-30 since the 2002-03 season.

Following a loss on Sunday, Cornell's overall dual record falls to 9-6 on the season alongside a 4-1 mark in the Ivy League. Princeton is now 6-4 overall with a 4-0 league mark and one final conference dual against Penn next weekend. A win over the Big Red secured Princeton a share of its first Ivy League title since 1986.

Things went well for Cornell in the early stages of the dual, opening the match with a victory by major decision at heavyweight. Brendan Furman took it to Aidan Conner for the entire seven minutes, winning 9-0. #3 Patrick Glory got Princeton on the board and tied the dual up at 125 pounds following a 9-0 major decision over Dom LaJoie in the very next bout.

The Big Red got hot at 133 and 141 pounds, with #5 Chas Tucker defeating Ty Agaisse and Noah Baughman besting Marshall Keller. Tucker improved to 25-0 (15-0 dual) following his 9-3 decision over Agaisse. Baughman bounced back from a loss on Saturday to defeat Keller, 8-4.

Princeton sent three-time All-American Matthew Kolodzik to the mat at 149 pound looking to take momentum into the break. Hunter Richard was up for the challenge however, coming close to defeating the Tiger stand-out in a 4-2 loss. Cornell took a 10-7 dual lead into the 157 pound bout.

Adam Santoro kept things close at 157, nearly coming away with a win over #4 Quincy Monday with a late wind. Monday lead 8-4 over Santoro before a takedown and an escape made things interesting until the final buzzer.

With the dual tied at 10-10 through six bouts, Princeton rattled off three straight wins at 165, 174 and 184 pounds to secure the win. Jake Brindley fell to Grant Cuomo (8-1), Andrew Berreyesa was defeated by Kevin Parker (10-3) and Jonathan Loew came up short against Travis Stefanik (10-4). Loew's match with Stefanik was closer than the final score indicates, as Loew had tied the bout at 4-4 late in the third period before Stefanik took him to his back.

Ben Darmstadt turned in one of his more impressive performances of the season at 197 pounds, nearly majoring #3 Pat Brucki, 11-4. Darmstadt amassed over five minutes of riding time in the bout and led 10-1 heading into the final period. It's the third loss that Brucki has taken this season and the second time that Darmstadt has beaten him.

Up Next: Cornell continues its dual season next with a pair of duals against Binghamton and #8 North Carolina. The Big Red will face Binghamton on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Friedman Wrestling Center prior to welcoming UNC to Newman Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. Sunday's match against the Tar Heels will happen simultaneously alongside a Cornell gymnastics meet. Cornell will honor its senior class, which includes Noah Baughman, Milik Dawkins, Jacob Lehr, Ian McNitt, Jimmy Overhiser, Rami Pellumbi, Mike Russo, Chris Schoenherr, Chas Tucker and Brandon Womack, on Saturday against Binghamton.





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