MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - The University of Dubuque wrestling team took an early lead over the #18-ranked Cornell College Rams on Friday night, but the host Rams captured the final four matches to claim the dual 24-14 over the Spartans. UD falls to 8-7 overall in dual meets. The Spartans continue their conference season on Saturday, Feb. 1 with a dual at Simpson College at 1:00 p.m.
The Spartans opened with an 8-5 victory by Nicholas Rivera at 125 lbs. and would win four out the opening six matches to surge into the lead of the dual. The Spartans lost just one of the final four matches by more than two points. Manuel Mendoza was battling for a takedown as time ran out at 174 lbs. Derek Minch trailed early in the 184 lbs. match before tying the match in the third period and was working for back points as time expired. The tied match ended in favor of Cornell after collecting a two point takedown. Nathan Cristion lost the 285 lbs. match by just two points, 6-4, as the two active heavyweights would wrestle down to the final seconds of the match.
#18 Cornell-24, Dubuque-14
Friday, Jan. 31 Small Multi-Sport Center Mount Vernon, Iowa
125 – Nicholas Rivera (Dub) dec. Ben Rosen, 8-5.
133 – Phillip Opelt (Cor) maj. dec. Stephen Rosenburg, 15-6.
141 – Brian Travis (Dub) dec. Samuel Chalkley, 5-0.
149 – #9Trevor Engle (Cor) pinned Nick Drendel, 4:56.
157 – Joshua Lewis (Dub) maj. dec. Chase Ridenour, 12-4.
165 – Derek Mizaur (Dub) maj. dec. Danny Klema, 14-2.
174 – Brent Hamm (Cor) dec. Manuel Mendoza, 3-2.
184 – Aburough Abegesah (Cor) dec. Derek Minch, 10-8 SV-1.
197 – #5Alex Coolidge (Cor) tech fall Shykeem Williams, 17-1.
285 – Carl Gaul (Cor) dec. Nathan Christion, 6-4.
Takedowns – Cornell 15, Dubuque 9. Nearfall points – Cornell 16, Dubuque 9. Reversals – Cornell 0, Dubuque 1. Escapes – Cornell 12, Dubuque 15. Penalty points – Cornell 1, Dubuque 0. Riding time points – Cornell 1, Dubuque 3.
Referee: Curt Frost Length of match: 1:32 Attendance: 235
Records: Cornell 10-3 overall Dubuque 8-7 overall