| Cornell (8-1) routed Hofstra (9-4-1), 45-0, before 862 fans at the Physical Education Building. The top-ranked Big Red won all ten bouts and was impressive with their mat dominance. Head coach Rob Koll said, "I was very pleased with my team's performance, especially our younger guys, he added, "We are peaking nicely at this point in the season."
The Big Red were paced by defending national champion Kyle Dake. Dake (19-1), a sophomore, opened the scoring with a shrug takedown and later applied a tight half-nelson to secure the fall at the 1:33 mark in his 149-pound bout. Returning All-Americans Mack Lewnes (27-2) and number one-ranked Cam Simaz (21-1) also registered falls. Lewnes converted a cross ankle/turk ride into a fall over Ryan Patrovich (11-4) at 174 and Simaz used a half-nelson to record his pin in the first period at 197 pounds.
Hofstra's PJ Gillespie (19-5) scored with a slick underhook ankle pick and led 3-1. He was later caught in a tight inside overhead cradle by Craig Eifert (16-7) and flattened in the second period in their 165 pound-bout. The Pride's Steve Bonanno (17-9) dropped a 5-2 decision to Frank Perrelli (23-10) at 125 and Vince Varela (15-10) opened the scoring with a single leg takedown for a short-lived 3-2 lead, but Corey Manson (16-12) rallied for a 7-6 victory at 141 pounds.
Cornell's 4th-ranked Steve Bosak (25-2) scored with a key third period reversal to edge Ben Clymer (14-8), 3-0, at 184 pounds.
Cornell head coach Rob Koll, now in his 18th season, recently notched his 200th career dual meet victory over national power Iowa State and now stands at 202-74-5. Cornell won last year's dual 37-6. The last time Hofstra defeated Cornell was in 2004, as the Pride eked out a 16-15 victory. Cornell leads the overall series 13-4. The last time Hofstra was shutout was in the 1995-96 season by Duquense University (51-0). Hofstra's Lou Ruggirello (21-3) currently ranked fourth in the nation by the Amateur Wrestling News at 133 pounds was sidelined with an injury. Cornell also upended Columbia, 40-3, later in the day. Dake and Lewnes recorded falls and Cam Simaz picked up his 100th career victory...
CORNELL 45 HOFSTRA 0
125-Frank Perrelli (Cornell) dec. Steve Bonanno 5-2
133-Mike Grey (Corn) won by forfeit
141-Corey Manson (Corn) dec. Vince Varela 7-6
149-Kyle Dake (Corn) pinned Matt Spataro 1:33
157-DJ Meagher (Corn) dec. Tyler Banks 9-3
165-Craig Eifert (Corn) pinned PJ Gillespie 4:46
174-Mack Lewnes (Corn) pinned Ryan Patrovich 4:10
184-Steve Bosak (Corn) dec. Ben Clymer 3-0
197-Cam Simaz (Corn) pinned Matt Loew 1:53
285-Stryker Lane (Corn) dec. Paul Snyder 4-0.
|Cornell's defending NCAA champion, Kyle Dake, takes Hofstra's Matt Spataro to the mat en route to a first period fall.
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|Coach Rob Koll with Kyle Dake.|