ITHACA â€” It didn’t take long for Troy Nickerson or the No. 2 Cornell wrestling team to seize control of its matches Saturday.
Nickerson set a school record for the fastest pin, taking down Eastern Michigan’s Jordan McGuire in 13 seconds to help send the Big Red on its way to a 28-10 victory over the Eagles at the Friedman Wrestling Center.
A Chenango Forks graduate and the third-ranked wrestler in the country at 125 pounds, Nickerson broke the school’s previous record for fastest fall by one second. Bruce Morgan had a 14-second pin at heavyweight in 1990.
And heavyweight is where it all got started Saturday, with the Big Red’s Zach Hammond earning a 5-3 decision over Wes Schroder to give the hosts a three-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the day.
Eastern Michigan (4-7) cut the deficit to 9-7, but D.J. Meagher recorded a 9-0 major decision at 149 to start a run of 19 consecutive points for the Big Red (5-1).
A pair of fifth-ranked wrestlers then turned in dominating technical falls to blow the match open for Cornell â€” Jordan Leen, the defending NCAA champion at 157, and Steve Anceravage at 174. Josh Basting (165) and Justin Kerber (184) also recorded decisions for the Big Red.
Cornell will shift over to Newman Arena on Sunday for a dual meet against No. 12 Missouri at 1 p.m.
By: Ithaca Journal (Original here)