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No. 11 Cornell tops No. 20 Princeton, 21-12, sets up Sunday's matchup with Penn for Ivy title

by Cornell Athletics

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Cornell''s strength at the upper weights made certain the Big Red would continue its winning ways against Ivy League competition, avenging its only loss since 2001 with a 21-12 victory over No. 20 Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Jadwin Gymnasium. Cornell improved to 9-2 (4-0 Ivy) and set up a Sunday afternoon match against Penn (3-0 Ivy) for the Ivy title.

The Big Red improved to 96-1 in Ivy dual meets since the 2001-02 season, with the only blot its 19-13 defeat at the hands of the Tigers on Feb. 9, 2020 in the last meeting between the teams. After a season away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Big Red had to wait nearly two years to set the Ivy order back in place.

The teams split the four matchups between ranked opponents, with a sudden victory takedown by Jacob Cardenas against No. 18 Luke Stout the swing match at 197. Jonathan Loew, ranked No. 15 at 184, knocked off No. 20 Travis Stefanik 5-2 in a rematch of the clinching 2020 contest won by the Tiger was also a highlight of the Big Red win.

In a high-scoring preview of what might be the EIWA or even NCAA final, Patrick Glory's third period takedown was the difference in an 11-9 win over Vito Arujau at 125. It was one of three matches decided by a takedown or less. Six were three-point decisions or less. Arujau's defeat was his first ever in a dual match for the Big Red (24-1).

One match that wasn't close was top-ranked Yianni Diakomihals' 16-0 first period tech fall. A quick takedown of Marshall Keller turned into three four-point turns and another for two to end it after two minutes of action. He has now won 63 consecutive matches in a Cornell singlet.

Other bonus points came from Lewis Fernandes at heavyweight, as the sophomore topped Princeton's Matt Cover 13-4. Both Dom LaJoie at 133 and Chris Foca at 174 earned wins for the Big Red as well.

The big Red returns to competition on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Penn before heading over to Drexel for a 5 p.m. dual.

#11 Cornell 21, #20 Princeton 12

at Princeton, N.J., February 5

165: Jake Marsh (Princeton) won by decision over #8 Julian Ramirez (Cornell), 7-6

174: #12 Chris Foca (Cornell) won by decision over Nate Dugan (Princeton), 10-4

184: #15 Jonathan Loew (Cornell) won by decision over #20 Travis Stefanik (Princeton), 5-2

197: #19 Jacob Cardenas (Cornell) won by decision over #18 Luke Stout (Princeton), 3-1 (sv1)

HWT: #17 Lewis Fernandes (Cornell) won by major decision over Matt Cover (Princeton), 13-4

125: #2 Patrick Glory (Princeton) won by decision over #3 Vito Arujau (Cornell), 11-9

133: #30 Dom LaJoie (Cornell) won by decision over Nick Kayal (Princeton), 4-1

141: Danny Coles (Princeton) won by decision over JJ Wilson (Cornell), 8-5

149: #1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) won by technical fall over Marshall Keller (Princeton), 16-0 (2:04)

157: #11 Quincy Monday (Princeton) won by decision #25 Hunter Richard (Cornell), 8-4
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