That's a weird comment considering Cornell can't give out athletic scholarships.
Being recruited to wrestle for an Ivy League school and receiving athletic scholarship are two totally different things.
I remember reading an article/interview with Travis Lee back in 2005 where he talks about how college coaches were not interested in him until after winning Junior National Freestyle and Greco titles at which point most schools have already used up their scholarship budgets. The fact that Cornell is an Ivy League school that doesnt offer athletic scholarships helped him choose Cornell due to the fact that there weren't many scholarship offers coming his way anyways from other schools. He spoke of how inspite of winning 3 HS state titles being from Hawaii effected the way he was viewed compared to other wrestlers from more reputable states. I cant find that article anymore as I read it 12 years ago.
With that said if you say he was highly regarded and heralded as a high school senior I'm not going to argue against you, but I will certainly believe what he said about his college search process.