By Jim & Tony Nordland

Kyle Dake (34-2) has been selected by Amateur Wrestling News as the 2010 Freshman of the Year. Dake had a spectacular season and capped it off by winning five consecutive matches at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Omaha  and earned the 141-pound title. Dake paced the Big Red to a runner-up team finish as they tallied 90 points to place behind team champion Iowa. Dake compiled an impressive 224-14 career mark at Lansing HS (NY) and captured two state titles, along with three NHSCA national crowns as a sophomore, junior and senior campaigns while in high school. Confident and care-free NCAA champion Dake stated: "I knew Cornell was going to be something special and I just wanted to be a part of that. It's really close to my house (5.2 miles), so I have always have my family's support there. I can go home and have my Mom do the laundry or something." As a youngster he was  present for all the Cornell home matches and envisioned himself as a future Cornell wrestler and champion. Dake plans to compete at the Junior World Team Trials and University World Team Trials this summer. On next season, he will move up to the 149 pound weight class.

Mat Notes...
Kyle Dake's dad, Doug was his high school wrestling coach  at Lansing and a former Ohio state champion. Doug Dake was a 1985 NCAA All-American for Kent State at 177 pounds. Kyle's younger brother, Corey, a sophomore, finished fourth at 112 pounds at the 2010 New York State meet. The Big Red of Cornell return the most NCAA points with 71.5, and will be led by Dake and NCAA finalist Mack Lewnes (174).Three-time champion Iowa returns 44 points. The last New York recipient as AWN's Freshman of the Year was Iowa's Ed Banach in 1980. Banach hailed from Port Jervis. Other Empire State grapplers that were selected for the AWN All-Freshmen team were: Ian Paddock (24-14) of Ohio State, 4th at 133, Joe Grippi (23-4) of Springfield, 6th at 133, Donnie Vinson (33-13) of Binghamton, 4th at 149 and Drexel's Joe Booth (22-5), 2nd at 157 pounds.