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College wrestling: Big Red falls to No.1 Iowa at Cliff Keen championship

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Cornell’s performance at the Cliff Keen National Wrestling Duals this weekend was telling.

The Big Red (4-1) knows exactly what lies ahead in its quest for a national championship.

After wins over No. 17 Michigan, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 2 Iowa State, Cornell — ranked third — finished runner-up at Cliff Keen following Sunday evening’s 23-13 loss to No. 1 Iowa.

The Hawkeyes (14-0) ended the match with four straight wins, starting with No. 5 Jay Borschel’s 7-3 decision over No. 3 Steve Anceravage and ending with No. 12 Dan Erekson’s pin of Taylor Moore at heavyweight.

Highlighting the loss for Cornell was Mack Lewnes, the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 165. Lewnes earned a 3-2 decision over Ryan Morningstar, ranked third nationally. Lewnes finished the duals with a 4-0 record, with three wins coming against top-five opponents.

Cornell opened Saturday with a 23-9 win over Michigan, the highlight coming when 17th-ranked Cam Simaz upset fourth-ranked Tyrel Todd at 197, 3-2. The Big Red followed that up with a 17-16 win over Ohio State. In that match, Lewnes knocked off fourth-ranked Colt Sponseller in overtime, 3-1.

That led to Sunday’s match with Iowa State, in which Cornell received a major decision victory from Troy Nickerson  — ranked fourth — against No. 5 Cyler Sanderson. The score was 13-5. At 125, Troy Nickerson beat fifth-ranked Tyler Clark, 4-2, and 133-pounder Mike Grey upset sixth-ranked Nick Fanthorpe, 7-5.

Nickerson and Leen also went 4-0 on the weekend.

By: Ithaca Journal (Original Here)

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