Thursday, January 11, 2024

#7 Cornell Vs #15 Lehigh (Saturday Jan 14th)


This is a dual that I look forward to every season.  Two powerhouse east coast schools, one in New York & the other in Pennsylvania. This particular meet features affirmation Vs retribution. Certain wrestlers own victories over other wrestlers & one of two things are gonna happen.  Either they're gonna win again or the other wrestler is going to take revenge.  149 & 174, I really don't have a lot of opinions.  Obviously 184 strongly favors Cornell.  As to the other seven weight classes, things look to be mighty interesting.  Dual will be streamed live by Flowrestling.

 #13                                    U.R.
     Brett Ungar                  Sheldon Seymour

Despite ranked Vs unranked, it is the Mountain Hawk who owns a victory over the Big Red here at 125 lbs. The last the two met, Sheldon Seymour scored a 3-1 decision over Brett Ungar.  Now he has the opportunity to knock off the #13 ranked wrestler once again, this time in front of a home crowd on his home mat. Excellent opportunity for the redshirt sophomore.  Ungar of course will want to score a victory here, not only to keep his ranking in tact, but to also help himself out come EIWA tournament time. 

#3                                   #2 
  Vitali Arujau               Ryan Crookham

After watching Vitali Arujau dismantle both Daton Fix of Oklahoma State & Roman Bravo-Young of Penn State at last year's NCAA DI championships, many of us thought we'd never see the two time PAN-AMERICAN gold medalist & World champ ever face collegiate defeat again.  Then out of nowhere redshirt freshman Ryan Crookham took the wrestling world by complete shock & pulled off an 8-4 stunning upset. Now it's time to see if it was for real, or if it was just an off day for Arujau.  Of all of the matches coming up this weekend, this may very well be the most anticipated. 

#13                                    #12
Vince Cornella                   Malyke Hines

Pride, ranking & an eventual seed at the EIWA championships, there is a lot on the line here in this matchup between Vince Cornella & Malyke Hines.  The last the two met, it was a tight 4-2 victory for the Mountain Hawk. Should be another geat match-up between the two talented grapplers. 

#7                                UR
Meyer Shapiro            Max Brignola 

Meyer Shapiro has been on a role as of late.  Scored a very impressive 15-0 tech over Ohio State's Paddy Gallagher & it's very plausible before the unfortunate injury suffered by Bryce Andonian, that he very well could have been on his way to majoring the Hokie for the second time this season.  On paper this looks like a sure bet for the Big Red, with bonus points not out of the question. On the mat however, I wouldn't count out Max Brignola. An NCAA qualifier in his own right, let's not forget he's wrestling in front of his home crowd, in a dual between two rival institutions.  Environment & atmosphere have an effect on performance & we could see that illustrated here in Bethlehem. 

#3                                  U.R. 
Julian Ramirez                 Jake Logan 

Here's another match where on paper Vs on the mat don't seem to see eye to eye.  Looking at a #3 Vs an U.R., it would seem this ought to be an easy victory for the Big Red & that bonus points shouldn't be a problem.  Yet the last time these two met, which by the way was only two months ago, it was only an 8-5 victory for Ramirez. Logan at the moment carries a record just a hair above .500.  Can you imagine the noise of the white & brown faithful if Logan were to somehow pull this off?  The roof might come clear off of Stabler Arena. 

#8                                   #5
Jacob Cardenas              Michael Beard

Here is the match of the dual my wrestling friends. A rubber match between two All American candidates.  Jacob Cardenas owns a 10-9 win & Michael Beard owns a 6-2 win.  As to how this particular match will turn out? I'll say that Michael Beard looked as good as I've ever seen him at the Midlands championships. At the same time though, Jacob Cardenas looked pretty gal darn good himself capturing a 4th place finish at CKLV. I'd say being on Lehigh's mats, the advantage goes to Beard but it's not like Cardenas hasn't competed in front of a hostile crowd before.  Will be a great match. 

#20                                     #11
Lewis Fernandes                 Nathan Taylor 

This time it is Cornell that goes into the match the underdog looking to knock off the higher seeded wrestler.  Collegiately, Lewis Fernandes & Nathan Taylor have not met.  They have fairly similar results Vs like opponents, so it's hard to say what exactly will happen when the two lock horns.  Will be another good match. 

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