Newcomers lead No. 19 Cornell to 30-10 upset over No. 13 Northern Iowa

By Cornell Athletic Communications | Nov. 17, 2017, 11:54 p.m. (ET)
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The youth movement has begun, and Cornell wrestling proved that rebuilding isn't part of the plan. The Big Red won seven matches, including three over ranked wrestlers, as the home team won its ninth consecutive dual meet with a 30-10 victory over No. 13 Northern Iowa on Friday evening at Newman Arena.

Six of the Big Red victories came courtesy of wrestlers who had combined to compete in one varsity dual. Sophomore Chaz Tucker got the party started with a second period fall, the first of three pins by Big Red wrestlers that set the tone for the team's largest margin of victory against a ranked team since a 34-0 sweep of No. 16 Virginia Tech in 2014.

Freshman Max Dean had the biggest win of the day, holding on late after building a solid lead to top returning All-American and fourth-ranked Drew Foster at 184 pounds. Sophomore Mike Russo also earned a win over a ranked opponent, using a pair of four-point turns to claim a 10-4 win over No. 19 Jay Schwarm at 125.

Freshman Yianni Diakohimalis earned his stripes with a 5-2 triumph over No. 14 Josh Alber. The Panthers won at 149 and 157 to get back within 9-7, but the Big Red won five of the final six matches of the dual, including the final four.

Junior Jon Jay Chavez and freshman Ben Darmstadt also racked up six points with falls, with Chavez winning a wild one of Dan Kelly with a pin in the final seconds of the second period in a match he was well on the way to winning by bonus points. Darmstadt finished Jacob Holschlag at 197 midway through the first period after jumping out to a decisive lead.

In the headline match of the day, eighth-ranked Taylor Lujan was able to hold off Cornell's returning All-American Brandon Womack by a 5-3 score. The 174-pound match was high-flying, but low-scoring for the amount of scrambling both wrestlers did.

Ben Honis, an NCAA qualifier a year ago at 197, stepped up to heavyweight and was able to control his match with Carter Isley, eventually winning 8-4 to improve to 5-1 on the season.

A number of Big Red wrestlers will compete in the New York State Championships on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Barton Hall. Cornell will be looking for its record 13th title overall and its sixth consecutive.

#19 Cornell 30, #13 Northern Iowa 10

133: Chaz Tucker (C) won by fall over Jack Wagner (UNI), 3:54
141: #13 Yianni Diakohimalis (C) won by decision over #14 Josh Alber (UNI), 5-2
149: #3 Max Thomsen (UNI) won by major decision over Jonathan Furnas (C), 10-1
157: Paden Moore (UNI) won by decision over Joey Galasso (C), 8-2
165: Jon Jay Chavez (C) won by fall over Dan Kelly (UNI), 5:00
174: #8 Taylor Lujan (UNI) won by decision over #6 Brandon Womack (C), 5-3
184: #17 Max Dean (C) won by decision over #4 Drew Foster (UNI), 9-7
197: Ben Darmstadt (C) won by fall over Jacob Holschlag (UNI), 1:38
285: #18 Ben Honis (C) won by decision over Carter Isley (UNI), 8-4
125: Mike Russo (C) won by decision over #19 Jay Schwarm (UNI), 10-4