CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Cornell College dropped from the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III team rankings.
The Rams gave those coaches a little something to think about, improving to 5-1 with a 3-0 performance at Candlewood Suite Duals hosted by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday. They dropped two ranked teams, including a one-point win over ninth-ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Cornell also beat No. 25 St. John's (Minn.), 23-19, following a decisive 37-9 win over University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
"For us to go into that event and win three duals... it's a very big lift for our guys, just from a confidence-point of view," Cornell head coach Mike Duroe said in a news release. "We showed signs of maturity. A lot of our young guys are growing up. They are starting to understand that the little things you do on a daily basis make a difference. Over time, those little things tip the scale in your favor."
The Rams, who opened the season ranked 24th and lost only to University of Iowa, exchanged leads with the UWSP before fourth-ranked 197-pounder Alex Coolidge moved up to heavyweight and won the final match by decision to secure the upset. Bonus points were also important, as Ben Rosen (133) 165-pounder Colin Bertucci won by major decision and pin, respectively. Trevor Engle (149) and Ben Stahmer (184) added decisions.
Bertucci, Coolidge, Rosen and Engle were all unbeaten for the day.
"Colin Bertucci was our man of the tournament," Duroe said. "This was basically his first outing in a month. He was outstanding."
Cornell will compete at Wartburg's Dick Walker Invitational on Saturday, and then host Augustana (Ill.) on Wednesday, Dec. 12, for Military Appreciation Night. The meet against Augustana is set for 7 p.m. at the Small Multi-Sport Center.
Upper Iowa leads NCAA in pins
Upper Iowa University leads all of NCAA wrestling in pins.
According to an UIU news release, the Peacocks rank first in all divisions in pins. They have tallied 78 falls in three open tournaments and one dual so far, owning 12-pin advantage over NCAA Division I power Oklahoma State. Upper Iowa has 26 more pins than University of Nebraska-Kearney, which is second in NCAA Division II.
Peacock 157-pounder Bryce Lumzy (12-1) is tied for eighth overall with eight pins, which is tied for first in D-II.
Upper Iowa is 10th in all divisions in total team points scored with 862. Wartburg, ranked first in NCAA Division III, is sixth with 893.
Former Postville prep Mitch Schultz is tied for third among D-II wrestlers with four major decision. Schultz is 7-2 at 184.