This Sunday, we are hosting the first ever “Ball and Brawl," a basketball and wrestling double-header. The basketball team takes on American East rival Hartford at 2PM and we will wrestle Cornell at 5PM. Both events are going to be in the Events Center, which is the first ever dual meet that we have held in the Events Center. Also, the dual meet will be carried on Time Warner Cable. Cornell enters the match ranked 5th in the country. So far, they have only wrestled two dual meets beating #4 Minnesota 21-16 and #15 Lehigh 24-12. Between now and our match, they will also wrestle the (honorable mention in the rankings) University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Here is a look at their line-up and the potential match-ups.
125 – Steeley vs. Dixon or #6 Perrelli
Frank Perrelli is ranked 6th in the country after qualifying for the national tournament last year. Perrelli is a senior and so far this season, he is 17-4. He won the Binghamton Open, took 2nd at the Body Bar, 2nd at the Las Vegas Invitational, and 3rd at the Southern Scuffle. He beat Steeley last year in the dual meet by major decision. He rides legs and a two-on-on on top. On his feet, he shoots doubles and singles. They could also enter Bricker Dixon into the line-up at 125 and bump Perrelli up to 133, like they did in their last match against Lehigh. Dixon, ranked as a top fifty recruit in the country last year, is freshmen that was a four-time Missouri State Finalist and two-time champion. So far this year he has competed in two tournaments, placing 6th at the Binghamton Open and 8th at the Southern Scuffle. Dixon is scrappy and tough to score on.
133 – Hunter vs. Perrelli or Pena
As mentioned, Perrelli could move up to 133 for the dual meet. If he stays down at 125, watch for Nick Pena to wrestle. Pena has been the starter for Cornell of late at 133 pounds. He currently has a 9 wins and placed 3rd at the Mat Town Open. Pena is a freshman that was a top 100 recruit in the country last year. He won two California State Championships and placed in the state four times. Pena shoots straight on shots and likes to Peterson and granby on bottom. Also, he will ride a left leg on top and a two-on-one.
141 – Bonaldi vs. #15 Nevinger
Mike Nevinger, a redshirt sophomore, is ranked 15th in the country for the Big Red. He is 18-7 on the season with 2nd place finished at both the Body Bar and the Binghamton Open. He also took 7th at the Southern Scuffle and 8th at the Las Vegas invitational. He is very powerful and solid on his feet. He really excels on top as he is a very good leg rider and can tilt as well. Nevinger beat Bonaldi by technical fall earlier this year at the Body Bar.
149 – #4 Vinson vs. Villalonga or Eifert
Cornell has two good grapplers wrestling here. Craig Eifert was starting for the Big Red in the first part of the season and was nationally ranked here. Eifert is 15-6 and won the Binghamton Open, was 5th at the Body Bar, finished top 12 at the Las Vegas Invitational, and 8th at the Sothern Scuffle. Eifert flows well, doesn’t stop wrestling, and can scramble. He is deceptively strong. Chris Villalonga began the year as a ranked 141 pounder but has moved up to 149 and is probably going to start for Cornell. He is nationally ranked and is 16-4 on the season. Villalonga was top 8 at the Binghamton Open, 1st at the Cleveland State Open, and 5th at the Southern Scuffle. Villalonga is defensive on his feet and a hammer on top. He is very good at riding and turning with a high half.
157 – #8 Lister vs. #1 Dake
Kyle Dake, a junior, is a returning two-time national champion. He is undefeated this year with a 21-0 record. He won the Binghamton Open, beating Lister 6-2 in the finals. He also won the Body Bar, the Las Vegas Invitation, and the Southern Scuffle. He has a great combination of strength, balance, positioning, and technique. He is good dangerous in all positions and can run up the score on top.
165 – Kaylor vs. Peppelman
Marshall Peppelman has been in and out of the rankings this season. He is a sophomore with an 18-8 record. He placed 3rd at the Binghamton Open, 5th at the Body Bar, and 7th at the Southern Scuffle. He is very good on top with a cross wrist tilt, which is where he wins most of his matches. He can create scrambles on his feet.
174 – Wallace vs. George
Billy George is having a breakout year as a redshirt freshman. He took 4th at the Binghamton Open before winning the Body Bar. He has a 12-7 record and is nationally ranked by Wrestling Report. He wrestles with a lot of enthusiasm and fire.
184 – Schiedel vs. #3 Bosak
Steve Bosak is a senior that is ranked 3rd in the country after earning All-American honors last year. He is a two-time national qualifier who is coming off a win over Lehigh’s returning National Champion, Robert Hamlin. Bosak is 18-2 on the season. He won both the Binghamton Open and the Body Bar this season and took 2nd at both the Las Vegas Invitational and the Southern Scuffle. He is good defensively on his feet and very tough on top with a leg ride. Bosak beat Schiedel 7-0 in the dual meet last year.
197 – Reed vs. #1 Simaz
Cam Simaz is ranked 1st in the country for a reason. Earlier this season, he wrestled the #2 ranked wrestler in the country. In that match, he was winning by fifteen points before pinning his opponent. He is 12-1 on the year but his one loss was an injury default. He won the Binghamton Open and injury defaulted in the finals of the Southern Scuffle. He is very good offensively on his feet and a hammer on top. He has six pins, three technical falls, two major decisions, and one decision so far this year. He pinned Reed in both the dual last year and in the finals of the Binghamton Open this season.
HWT – Gwiazdowski vs. Jochym
Maciej Jochym is the heavyweight starter for the Big Red. He enters the dual meet with a 10-9 record. Jochym finished 4th at the Binghamton Open, 6th at the Body Bar, and also top 12 at the Southern Scuffle. He is very strong and good when he good when he gets to his leg attacks. Gwiazdowksi beat Jochym 14-4 at the Binghamton Open this season.
Also, check out this article in this morning's Press & Sun about the Bearcats.