|CORNELL BEATS HOFSTRA 27-12|
| Cornell (8-2) defeated Hofstra (8-5), 27-12, before 1,244 fans at the David S. Mack Sports Complex. The Big Red are currently ranked #3rd in the nation and boast a solid line-up from start to finish.Two-time All American Troy Nickerson (12-0) and rated #2 in the country, used a series of strong single leg takedowns to post a major decision over Steve Bonanno (24-11), 10-2, in the 125-pound bout. Hofstra's Lou Ruggirello (22-3) hit a slick duck under for his initial takedown and dominated Mike Grey en route to a solid 6-0 decision at 133 pounds. At 141, in perhaps the most entertaining bout of the dual, the Pride's Justin Accordino (17-10) and Cornell's Corey Manson were embroiled in a 7-7 match, when Accordino used an underhook-leg trip and converted a Schalles into a stunning fall at the 4:05 mark and gave the host team a short-lived 9-4 lead. Cornell would then reeled off six consecutive victories, including wins by defending NCAA champion Jordan Leen (18-2) at 157 and top-ranked Matt Lewnes (27-0) at 165 pounds. Hofstra junior Jonny-Bonilla Bowman (18-7) nearly scored three takedowns on Leen in the opening stanza before Leen got untracked with an escape and a double leg takedown for a 3-0 lead. As Bowman was attempting to escape, he injured his torso, which eventually led to a near default and a third period fall. Ryan Patrovich (15-6) and Lewnes traded escapes during their hard fought match. In overtime, Patrovich almost scored the winning takedown on a quick snap/spin, only to have Lewnes counter with a strong double leg takedown on the edge of the mat with two seconds remaining in the period and eked out a 3-1 sudden victory. In the final bout out the dual, Hofstra's Jordan Enck (15-15) posted a 2-1 overtime tiebreaker win with an escape in the third overtime period at 285 pounds.
Cornell's Troy Nickerson (Chenango Forks HS), a junior, is a former five-time New York State champion and now boasts a career mark of 65 wins and only five losses. Hofstra is now ranked #23rd in the nation. At the halftime intermission, Hofstra presented the Chief Ray Downey, Sr. Memorial Scholarship to red-shirt freshman PJ Gillespie (Long Beach).The scholarship grant is named in memory of the late FDNY hero who was killed in the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Two of Chief Downey's sons, Joe and Ray Jr., wrestled for the Pride in the 1980s. Also at halftime, Hofstra Athletics honored their only NCAA champion, Nick Gallo, with the unvailing of his name in the rafters of the Mack Arena, along with other Pride standout athletes. Gallo (Deer Park) compiled a 104-14 collegiate mark and was a two-time All-American. In 1977, he reached the pinnacle of his career, as he defeated Iowa's Keith Mourlam, 8-3, in the 126-pound final, to capture the NCAA title and was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler award. In 1979, Gallo returned to Hofstra as their coach and proceeded to compile a 49-25 record and claimed three East Coast Conference Championships (1980-1982-1983). He is currently the president of TW Promotions, the exclusive NY metropolitan distributor of Resilite wrestling mat and protective wall padding line, and supplier of ASICS products.Congratulations to Nick and his family...
CORNELL 27 HOFSTRA 12
125- Troy Nickerson (Cornell) major dec. Steve Bonanno, 10-2.
133- Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra) dec.Mike Grey, 6-0.
141- Justin Accordino (Hof) pinned Corey Manson, 4:05.
149- DJ Meagher (Corn) pinned Jeff Rotella, 2:06.
157- Jordan Leen (Corn) pinned Jonny-Bonilla Bowman, 6:44.
165- Mack Lewnes (Corn) dec. Ryan Patrovich, 3-1 SV.
174- Steve Anceravage (Corn) dec. Alton Lucas, 2-0.
184- Justin Kerber (Corn) dec. Ben Clymer, 6-2.
197- Cam Simaz (Corn) major dec. Anthony Tortora, 11-4.
285- Jordan Enck (Hof) dec. Zach Hammond, 2-1 OT tiebreaker.
|Cornell's Troy Nickerson works to takedown Hofstra's Steve Bonnano at 125 pounds. Nickerson won the opening bout 10-2 and Cornell went on to a 27-12 victory.|
|Nick Gallo and Family|