Cornell upends Ohio State, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Indiana prevail at NWCA National Duals Series

By Jeremy Hartigan, Cornell Sports Information

Ithaca, New York — Senior Brian Realbuto beat top-ranked Bo Jordan at 174 pounds and No. 1 Gabe Dean defeated defending NCAA champion Myles Martin at 184, but it was sophomore Jeramy Sweany’s victory at heavyweight that lifted Cornell to a 19-18 upset win over No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon. The eighth-ranked Big Red closed its regular season with a 13-2 record after knocking off the Buckeyes in the NWCA National Duals Championship Series. Ohio State fell to 11-3 on the year.

Realbuto, a two-time NCAA All-American and 2015 national finalist, upset the unbeaten Jordan thanks to a first period takedown just 16 seconds in. That was the difference, as both earned escape points at the change and scrambles in the late second and third resulted in no scoring, much to the chagrin of Ohio State’s coaching staff that requested a video review on one. The call was upheld, and Realbuto defended a shot late to pick up the win, his 111th in a Cornell singlet.

Dean was just as impressive against the reigning champion at 174 pounds, controlling the center against Martin throughout. Dean used four swipes in the third as he locked in a cradle for a six-point move in the third, but the very near pin wasn’t called and the two-time defending champion at 184 pounds improved to 27-0 on the season with a 10-5 victory.

Trailing 18-16 heading into the heavyweight match and with Buckeye Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder sitting the dual out, Cornell’s Sweany picked up the lone takedown, earned an escape and a riding point for the clinching 4-0 win over Josh Fox, igniting the crowd and giving the Big Red its win over a top five team for the first time since knocking off fourth-ranked Minnesota 19-17 at the 2015 National Duals. It was the program’s first home win over a top five squad since a 21-16 victory over the third-ranked Gophers in 2011, also at Newman Arena.

Sweany ended the match right, but it was freshman Noah Baughman’s dominant 4-0 win of his own over 16th-ranked Jose Rodriguez at 125 pounds that set the tone. Cornell closed strong, winning five of the final six matches to overcome Ohio State’s bonus points and take a 7-6-1 lead in the all-time series. The Buckeyes led as much as 14-3 after Micah Jordan’s pin at 149, but that lead would be cut over the final six matches before being overcome at heavyweight.

Sophomore Brandon Womack won of those swing matches, using a third period takedown to claim a 4-2 win over Cody Burcher at 165 pounds. Ohio State got in deep on a shot midway through the third, but Womack was able to lift him into a cradle, before scoring with 30 seconds left. Burcher was able to escape the cradle and back points, but Womack rode him out for the victory.

The Buckeyes showed their strength at the top, as top-ranked Nathan Tomasello earned a technical fall at 133 and Micah Jordan, No. 5 at 149, earned a third period fall to give Ohio State key bonus points. Luke Pletcher added a hard-fought 5-2 win over Will Koll at 141 to build its 11-point lead heading into 157. Senior Dylan Palacio changed the momentum with a thoroughly dominant 19-8 win over Anthony Decarlo.

#8 Cornell 19, #4 Ohio State 18
125: Noah Baughman (C) won by decision over #16 Jose Rodriguez (OSU), 4-0
133: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) won by technical fall over #20 Mark Grey (C), 19-4 (5:00)
141: #12 Luke Pletcher (OSU) won by decision over Will Koll (C), 5-2
149: #5 Micah Jordan (OSU) won by fall over Jonathan Furnas (C), 5:35
157: #10 Dylan Palacio (C) won by major decision over Anthony Decarlo (OSU), 19-8
165: Brandon Womack (C) won by decision over Cody Burcher (OSU), 4-2
174: #3 Brian Realbuto (C) won by decision over #1 Bo Jordan (OSU), 3-2
184: #1 Gabe Dean (C) won by decision over #10 Myles Martin (OSU), 10-5
197: #4 Kollin Moore (OSU) won by major decision over Ben Honis (C), 20-9
285: Jeramy Sweany (C) won by decision over Josh Fox (OSU), 4-0

By Peter Long, Virginia Tech Sports Information

With the win, Tech moved to 18-1 overall on the season and beat the Cornhuskers for the first time in four attempts. The Hokies also moved to 8-1 against ranked opponents this season. Nebraska fell to 12-4 on the year.

“I’ve sat on the bench in a lot of dual meets and to see the type of effort we made … even guys like Kevin Norstrem, who just got back into the lineup, and a guy like Sal Mastriani that was right there – we can’t have moral victories – but right there with the third-ranked guy in the nation,” Tech coach Kevin Dresser said. “This team is solid. This team is peaking.

“From a coaching standpoint, I take my hat off to my staff. They’ve done an unbelievable job of developing the talent we’ve got there. It was super exciting.”

Tech trailed 15-6 after Nebraska’s Dustin Williams pinned Ryan Blees at 165 pounds. But the Hokies didn’t lose again.

At 174 pounds, David Bergida – subbing in for an injured Zach Epperly – rallied for a 13-8 win over Nebraska’s Justin Arthur. A redshirt senior playing in his final match at Cassell Coliseum, Bergida trailed 6-2 in the second period, but used a reversal and a near fall to take the lead. He added another reversal and near fall in the third period to pull away.

“I’ve been dying to get a big win in Cassell and I finally got it,” said Bergida, who normally wrestles at 165 pounds, but improved his record to 12-14 on the season. “This was my last match in Cassell, too. Just hearing the crowd erupt meant a lot. I just thought, ‘Go out there and wrestle my match, whether it was 165 or 174.’ That’s all I really cared about – just wrestling my match.”
Bergida’s win seemed to spark the Hokies. At the next weight class, Zack Zavatsky easily bested Nebraska’s Eric Engler at 184 pounds. He led 8-1 before pinning Engler and tying things at 15. Zavatsky, the No. 6-ranked wrestler nationally at 184, moved to 22-2 on the season.

At 197, Tech’s Jared Haught won a tough match over Nebraska’s Aaron Studebaker. Both wrestlers recorded an escape before the match went into overtime. But a Haught reversal was the difference, as the redshirt junior – ranked No. 3 nationally in his weight class – won 3-2 (TB-1) and moved to 22-2 on the season.

Haught’s win gave the Hokies an 18-15 advantage heading into the final match of the evening. At heavyweight, Tech’s Ty Walz dominated Nebraska’s Collin Jensen, recording a 15-5 major decision in his final home match. His seven takedowns enabled him to move to 20-2 on the season.

Tech’s other two victories came at 125 and 149 pounds. At 125, the Hokies’ Joey Dance continued his strong season. Dance took the lead on Nebraska’s Tim Lambert with a takedown early in the third period and then used a near fall to grab a 7-3 lead. Lambert got an escape, but that was it the rest of the way, as Dance, the No. 3-ranked wrestler nationally at 125 pounds, registered a 7-4 win and moved to 23-1 on the season.

At 149, the Hokies’ Solomon Chishko won 8-5 over Collin Purinton. Chishko used a first-period takedown and near fall to jump out to the lead and then held it the rest of the match. The No. 6 wrestler nationally at 149 pounds moved to 19-3 on the season.

The Hokies now prepare for the ACC Championships, which will be held at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 4. Action begins at 11 a.m.

No. 5 Virginia Tech 22, No. 6 Nebraska 15
125: No. 3 Joey Dance (VT) dec. No. 6 Tim Lambert (Neb.), 7-4
133: No. 4 Eric Montoya (Neb.) dec. Dennis Gustafson (VT), 6-2
141: No. 14 Colton McCrystal (Neb.) dec. Kevin Norstrem (VT), 12-5
149: No. 6 Solomon Chishko (VT) dec. Collin Purinton (Neb.), 8-5
157: No. 3 Tyler Berger (Neb.) dec. No. 15 Sal Mastriani (VT), 2-1 (TB-1)
165: Dustin Williams (Neb.) fall Ryan Blees (VT), 5:45
174: David Bergida (VT) dec. Justin Arthur (Neb.), 13-8
184: No. 6 Zack Zavatsky (VT) fall Eric Engler (Neb.), 4:44
197: No. 3 Jared Haught (VT) dec. No. 6 Aaron Studebaker (Neb.), 3-2 (TB-1)
HWT: No. 5 Ty Walz (VT) major decision No. 14 Collin Jensen (Neb.), 15-5

By Nick Reith, Indiana Sports Information

BOONE, N.C. – The Indiana wrestling team preceded the tournament postseason with a dual meet at No. 20 Appalachian State, as part of the annual NWCA Division-I National Dual Championship series. The Hoosiers (10-9, 2-7) scored their first top-20 win of the season over the Mountaineers (13-3, 8-0), winning six bouts for a 21-12 victory.

With the win, the Hoosiers complete a winning record with their first win in the NWCA Dual Series, avenging their 21-13 loss to Appalachian State in the series last season. It also gives head coach Duane Goldman his 18th season at Indiana with a winning record.

Before the meet began, it appeared that the advantage would swing to whichever team could score a winning start in the 125 lbs. match between #20 Elijah Oliver and #18 Vito Pasone. Not only did this match, a 7-5 win for Oliver, weigh on the dual meet result; it delivered on its promise as the bout of the afternoon.

Pasone kicked it off with the first takedown of the match, but Oliver ensured a first period tie with a reversal. Oliver went on to score the only point in the second with a late escape, taking a 3-2 lead. Pasone edged Oliver’s third period takedown with two escapes and a stall point to tie the bout at 5-5, forcing a sudden victory period.

Oliver, in similar fashion to last year’s match-winning takedown in short time, prevailed with the decisive drop to end the year with a top-20 win.

Cole Weaver (141) continued his momentum from last weekend’s pin to score a 5-4 decision over Irvin Enriquez, breaking an early tie on the team score sheet. Weaver scored the only two takedowns of the match and pulled away with a third period escape.

Indiana’s lead erupted just before intermission as they won four consecutive bouts, starting with Jake Danishek’s (157) decision over Gavin Londoff. Danishek had a 4-0 lead entering the final period before Londoff scored an escape, and he finished the third with the riding time point for a 5-1 win. Bryce Martin (165) followed with a convincing 6-2 decision over Forrest Przybysz, led by his 4-1 scoring run in the final two periods.

The Hoosiers’ leaders in bonus point victories followed with a pair of dominating results that widened the gap on the team score. Freshman Devin Skatzka (174) clocked out early with a 5:43 technical fall, 18-2, which featured 8 nearfall points and 4 takedowns.

Senior #6 Nate Jackson (184) completed an unbeaten 19-0 run through duals in the 2016-17 with his major decision against David Peters-Logue. Jackson poured on 3 takedowns in the first period, another 2 in the second, and shutout the third for a 15-3 win. The major decision, Jackson’s 19th bonus point victory this year, is his ninth win in a row.

Indiana 21, #20 Appalachian State 12
125: #20 Elijah Oliver (IU) dec. #18 Vito Pasone (ASU), SV-1 7-5 | IU 3, ASU 0
133: #20 Colby Smith (ASU) dec. Garrett Pepple (IU), 5-0 | IU 3, ASU 3
141: Cole Weaver (IU) dec. Irvin Enriquez (ASU), 5-4 | IU 6, ASU 3
149: #18 Matt Zovistoski (ASU) dec. Chris Perez (IU), 5-3 | IU 6, ASU 6
157: Jake Danishek (IU) dec. Gavin Londoff (ASU), 5-1 | IU 9, ASU 6
165: Bryce Martin (IU) dec. Forrest Przybysz (ASU), 6-2 | IU 12, ASU 6
174: #23 Devin Skatzka (IU) tech. fall Elliott Raiford (ASU), 18-2 | IU 17, ASU 6
184: #6 Nate Jackson (IU) maj. dec. David Peters-Logue (ASU), 15-3 | IU 21, ASU 6
197: Randall Diabe (ASU) dec. Jake Hinz (IU), 4-0 | IU 21, ASU 9
285: #9 Denzel Dejournette (ASU) dec. Fletcher Miller (IU), 4-1 | IU 21, ASU 12

By Chris Brewer, Iowa Sports Information

EDINBORO, Pennsylvania — The third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team scored bonus points in five of its seven wins to top No. 23 Edinboro, 28-9, on Saturday night at the NWCA Division I National Duals Championship Series.

Topher Carton won by fall at 141 and four Hawkeyes won by major decision as Iowa closed its dual season with a 13-2 record.

Carton’s fifth pin of the season came at the 1:01 mark of a scoreless first period and gave Iowa a 14-0 advantage in the team score. Iowa stormed in front of the Fighting Scots by opening the dual with consecutive major decisions against ranked opponents. Top-ranked Thomas Gilman won by 10-2 major decision over No. 9 Sean Russell at 125 and Cory Clark won by 10-1 major decision over No. 19 Korbin Meyers at 133.

The Hawkeyes also got major decisions from Michael Kemerer at 157 and Sammy Brooks at 184. Kemerer won 16-6 for his team-best 25th win of the season and Brooks won 14-4 over No. 17 Dakota Greer. Brooks has scored bonus points in his last four wins, including a pair of falls and two major decisions.

Iowa also won by decision at 174 and 197. Alex Meyer erased a 6-3 deficit at 174 and earned an 11-7 victory, and Chase Wilcke controlled the action in a 6-2 win at 197.

Edinboro earned decisions at 149, 165, and 197. Brandon Sorensen dropped a 7-5 decision in sudden victory to No. 11 Patricio Lugo at 149. Sorensen has just three losses this season, all in overtime. Joey Gunther fell to No. 12 Austin Matthews, 4-1, a 165, and Steven Holloway dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 13 Billy Miller at 285.

The Hawkeyes return to the mat March 4-5 at the Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Indiana.

NOTES: Attendance was 2,135.

#3 Iowa 28, #23 Edinboro 9
125 — #1 Thomas Gilman (IA) major dec. #9 Sean Russell (E), 10-2; 4-0
133 — #5 Cory Clark (IA) major dec. #19 Korbin Meyers (E), 10-1; 8-0
141 — #13 Topher Carton (IA) pinned Nate Hagan (E), 1:59; 14-0
149 — #11 Patricio Lugo (E) dec. #3 Brandon Sorensen (IA), 7-5 SV1; 14-3
157 — #2 Michael Kemerer (IA) major dec. Chase Delande (E), 16-6; 18-3
165 — #12 Austin Matthews (E) dec. #17 Joey Gunther (IA), 4-1; 18-6
174 — #11 Alex Meyer (IA) dec. Ty Schoffstall (E), 11-7; 21-6
184 — #3 Sammy Brooks (IA) major dec. #17 Dakota Greer (E) 14-4; 25-6
197 — Cash Wilcke (IA) dec. Dylan Reynolds (E), 6-2; 28-6
285 — #12 Billy Miller (E) dec. Steven Holloway (IA), 6-1; 28-9

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