No. 9 Cornell downs No. 14 Virginia Tech on criteria, 17-16 in Blacksburg

By Virginia Tech and Cornell Athletics | Feb. 15, 2019, 9:50 p.m. (ET)
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Cornell Tops Virginia Tech 17-16 on Criteria

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Sophomore Max Dean set the tone by opening the match up with a major decision victory over the third-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds and No. 9 Cornell never looked back as the Big Red improved to 12-2 on the season with a 17-16 win over the Hokies on Friday evening at Cassell Coliseum.

Dean had the only three takedowns of the match to upset No. 3 Zack Zavatsky to open the dual, a match that would play a big role in the Big Red's criteria win.

Despite the team score being tied at 16-16, Cornell scored more match points from decisions, major decisions and technical falls by a 65-54 margin, nearly entire made up of the nine-point shutout for the returning All-American in the feature match of the day.

Both teams won five bouts, though the Big Red won two of three matchups between top 20 wrestlers. In addition to Dean's win, Chas Tucker earned a decisive 8-3 victory over No. 14 Korbin Myers at 133, while seventh-ranked David McFadden of Virginia Tech used a late takedown to topple No. 14 Brandon Womack at 174 to close the match.

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Tech rallies back to win the final four bouts but the comeback falls short


BLACKSBURG – Despite both teams winning five bouts each, ninth-ranked Cornell came out with a 17-16 win over No. 14 Virginia Tech on criteria in front of 1,985 fans in Cassell Coliseum.

The Big Red (12-2) won on criteria 3.15.3, total match points scored only from decisions, major decisions and technical falls, by a score of 65-54. The Hokies fall to 8-4 on the season with the loss. After NC State's 20-14 win over North Carolina this evening, Tech is still in contention to share the ACC Dual Meet Championship.

The Hokies return to action tomorrow at the Moss Arts Center against No. 22 Virginia at 7 p.m. where there a limited number of walk-up tickets still available. Virginia Tech students get in for free and the first 20 students will receive a free This Is Home t-shirt.

MATCH NOTES
- Cornell now leads the all-time series, 4-0.

- The last match decided on criteria in Cassell Coliseum was the Hokies' 19-18 win over Ohio State on Nov. 23, 2014.

- Redshirt junior Brooks Wilding started at 197 pounds for the Hokies, his first career start.

- Trailing 3-2 in the third period at heavyweight, Billy Miller used a spin move to get to a low single and converted for two to go ahead 4-3 in the match. Miller eventually rode out the period to get Tech on board.

- Mitch Moore fought hard against defending national champion Yianni Diakomihalis, holding the undefeated 18-0 sophomore to only his third win by decision this season.

- Ryan Blees scored three takedowns in a 9-6 win over Jonathan Furnas that started a streak of four-straight wins for the Hokies.

- B.C. LaPrade scored eight points in the first period that helped lead him to a 10-5 decision at 157.

- Mekhi Lewis' 14-5 major decision was his seventh major of the season and his 11th bonus point victory.

NO. 9 CORNELL 17, NO. 14 VIRGINIA TECH, 16

184: #13 Max Dean (Cornell) MD #3 Zack Zavatsky, 9-0
197: #7 Ben Honis (Cornell) dec. Brooks Wilding, 11-5
285: Billy Miller (VT) dec. Jeramy Sweany (Cornell), 4-3
125: #8 Vitali Arujau (Cornell) dec. Joey Prata, 4-2
133: #13 Chas Tucker (Cornell) dec. #14 Korbin Myers, 8-3
141: #1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) dec. Mitch Moore, 6-1
149: Ryan Blees (VT) dec. Jonathan Furnas, 9-6
157: B.C. LaPrade (VT) dec. Adam Santoro, 10-5
165: #8 Mekhi Lewis (VT) MD Andrew Berreyesa, 14-5
174: #7 David McFadden (VT) dec. #14 Brandon Womack (Cornell), 8-6

Cornell wins on criteria 3.15.3, total match point scored only from decisions, major decisions and technical falls, 65-54.
Attendance: 1,985