Cornell claims fifth straight NYS title, crowns 4 champs
Cornell University Sports Information
ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell wrestling team won its fifth straight New York state title, matching a 38-year old record, and crowned four individual champions on Sunday at Newman Arena. Senior Gabe Dean pinned his way to becoming the fourth four-time state champion in meet history and the second Cornellian, joining Jace Bennett ’15. Noah Baughman (125), Will Koll (141) and Brandon Womack (165) all became first-time state champs.
Cornell’s 155 team points was comfortably ahead of Buffalo (132) and Columbia (118) for first place despite not having seven starters in the lineup. Army (108.5) and Ithaca (91) rounded out the top five in the team standings.
The Big Red had three finalists to go along with the fourth champions, as Taylor Simaz (157), Dillon Artigliere (165) and Milik Dawkins (174) all finished as the runner-up in their weight classes.
Dean was his dominant self, winning all four matches by fall to give him five total pins over the two-day weekend. He moved into seventh place on the school’s all-time list for wins by fall (35) and up to sixth in bonus wins (77), while his 123 career wins jumped him into the top 10 all-time at Cornell (ninth). His first three wins od the tournament all came in the first period and totaled just 3:04 of wrestling time – just over one full period. Dean needed to get into the third period before he squared off Ithaca College’s Jake Ashcraft in the final.
Baughman claimed a title in his first state meet, winning by tech fall and fall in the first two rounds before a 3-1 decision over Ithaca’s Jame Kaishian in the semis and a 5-2 triumph over Army’s Sean Badua in the finals. Will Koll needed to win five matches to claim the title at 141 pounds and did so with three bonus point victories, including a dominant 15-0 tech fall over Joseph Russ of Binghamton in the finals. Womack claimed the 165 pound crown with three falls, including a first period pin of teammate Dillon Artigliere in the championship bout.
Othere placewinners included 197-pounders Ben Honis (third) and Jake Anderson (fourth) and Andrew Garcia with a sixth-place effort at 174.
Cornell had a number of wrestlers with top finishes in the open portion of the tournament, inclusinf a pair of all-Cornell finals. Freshman Trence Gillem won the 141-pound bracket with a 3-1 sudden victory over teammate Eli Bienstock in the finals, while Jonathan Furnas took the 149-pound event over Matt Russo with a narrow 4-3 decision. Matthew Russo was also a finalist at 165 pounds.