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Yianni says he'll wrestle for Cornell next year (as if that wasn't completely obvious) in an interview on Flo (via Twitter).  He'll also go for the
Olympic team, which was also obvious.

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On 4/6/2020 at 1:55 PM, NJDan said:

Is he even better that brother Yianni?

 

I would say no but that's only based off Yianni college record and a couple of big national tournament losses Greg has had. It's hard for anyone to compete with when comparing to big brother. Greg will do just fine in college and if he hits another gear in Ithaca he could be the next big thing.

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On 4/6/2020 at 9:22 PM, NJDan said:

Does he have international titles the way Yianni does?

Greg blew out his ACL almost exactly one year ago, so he wasn't able to compete for an age-level world team in 2019.

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Is he even better that brother Yianni?

Greg doesn't have the body type or the crazy wingspan that Yianni has, nor does he quite have Yianni's gumby-like flexibility. That said, Greg is very technically sound, and is otherwise similar to his older brother. And he's a winner, just like Yianni. Greg's high school career was stellar, and you'd have to expect him to have a very successful college career (IMO, he may be a career 125-lb wrestler at the collegiate level).

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13 minutes ago, wrestleFan12 said:

 

 

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Greg doesn't have the body type or the crazy wingspan that Yianni has, nor does he quite have Yianni's gumby-like flexibility. That said, Greg is very technically sound, and is otherwise similar to his older brother. And he's a winner, just like Yianni.

How are his triceps?

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3 hours ago, Softmats said:

I'm sorry I missed the call-in event last night. Was anything particularly interesting addressed?

Greg D not listed at 125 on next year's tentative roster.  Saunders said he could go at either 141 or 149.

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42 minutes ago, hotspur said:

Greg D not listed at 125 on next year's tentative roster.  Saunders said he could go at either 141 or 149.

I just hope there is a next year this team is going to be fire for the next two. These are Knolls last shot at a title.

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Best of luck to him.  Honis to PRTC:

 

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The Pennsylvania Regional Training Center (PRTC) has announced the addition of Ben Honis to its freestyle program.

A 2019 All-American and First-Team All-Ivy selection, Ben competed with Cornell for four seasons in both the heavyweight and 197-pound classes. He earned All-American status in gritty fashion when he was upset in his first match at the NCAA tournament, but rebounded to win four straight matches to finish in eighth place.

Ben also has impressive freestyle credentials having finished as the 97kg runner-up at the 2019 Marine Corps US Open, which earned him a spot in the World Team Trials.

After finishing his collegiate wrestling career, Ben joined Syracuse’s football team where he played in nine games for the Orangemen.

“Ben Honis has made the US Open finals at 97kg in a convincing manner and his freestyle skills are extremely impressive. More importantly, after spending time with Ben and getting to know him personally, it is immediately clear that he is a man of substance and character. Ben is an ideal fit for our PRTC culture, and we are blessed to have him on board,” said Brandon Slay, executive director and head coach of the PRTC.

 

 

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I saw this item when it first came out -- best first-hand account I've seen of dealing with the virus.  With some useful advice -- if you find yourself having trouble breathing, lie on your stomach.  I never would have thought of that.

 

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Cornell has posted a draft of its 2020-21 roster.  The Olympic Three are back, as is Yapoujian.  No Stroker, no incoming freshmen yet.  Nothing surprising about weights -- Furman still listed at 285.

As I was posting this I thought of a question -- if there's not going to be a wrestling season in 2020-21, should the NCAA allow a second greyshirt year before enrollment?   Not granting another year to athletes because the NCAA tournament was canceled was one thing, but this would allow students not yet in school to delay their enrollment and save their teams some dough on budgets that we know are being trimmed, at least in the short term.

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On 5/29/2020 at 10:00 PM, Plasmodium said:

How does greyshirting save Cornell money? 

Probably if you use the Old Dominion math and only factor in wrestling expenses and not tuition revenue.

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Just amazing Cornell doesn't win a National title every year...Nobody even sniffs the amount of talent they bring in every year and have been doing forever under Koll...Most top schools bring in around 4 studs every year...Cornell brings in 10 a year and have their Finger Lakes Farm team...Koll is the Master of how to load up on National recruits and laugh at the 9.9 Scholarships everyone else plays by.

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1 hour ago, 1032004 said:

Probably if you use the Old Dominion math and only factor in wrestling expenses and not tuition revenue.

If Old Dominion athletes are required to pay those enormous athletic fees to keep FB floating, their scholarship is a loss.  

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22 hours ago, klehner said:

Video detailing the Class of 2024.

No Greg D, but Saunders, Ramirez, Foca, Cardenas (so much for those rumors), and Fernandes.

would you go to Arizona today?Saunders at 141. Either Yianni is at 149 or a wrestle-off is coming between Saunders and Richard.

On 5/29/2020 at 7:13 PM, jdalu75 said:

Nothing surprising about weights -- Furman still listed at 285.

 Where else would he be listed? Furman would have to lose both of his legs to make 197. I know this post is a month old but where did you see the preliminary roster?

CP tweeted about Chas going in the portal so that he could talk to other schools about a grad assistant job but that he doesn't intend to wrestle and also that he could have stayed but is electing not to (which sounds like Vito at 133...) but the explanation was as thin and confusing as this sentence. Anyone else know what's up?

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28 minutes ago, ugarte said:

would you go to Arizona today?Saunders at 141. Either Yianni is at 149 or a wrestle-off is coming between Saunders and Richard.

 Where else would he be listed? Furman would have to lose both of his legs to make 197. I know this post is a month old but where did you see the preliminary roster?

CP tweeted about Chas going in the portal so that he could talk to other schools about a grad assistant job but that he doesn't intend to wrestle and also that he could have stayed but is electing not to (which sounds like Vito at 133...) but the explanation was as thin and confusing as this sentence. Anyone else know what's up?

The comment about Furman at 285 was a joke.  The roster can be found on the Cornell wrestling website:  https://cornellbigred.com/sports/wrestling/roster  When the page comes up it defaults to 2019-20, but if you click on the year you can scroll up to 2020-21.  BTW, they're finally admitting that Darmstadt is 6' 5".

Richard has never wrestled at any weight other than 149 since he's been at Cornell.  Can he make 141?  For that matter, Saunders competed at 145 this past year, so if he's still growing he might have trouble making 141.  Yianni is the 500-lb gorilla -- he goes where he wants, which might maybe possibly be another ORS year.

I've seen the item about Tucker entering the transfer portal ("Beam me out, Scotty!) and I don't understand it.  I also don't understand Tucker's comments a few months ago about having another year of eligibility, at Cornell.  He was there for five years although I'm sure he wasn't in school every semester.  He was 0-0 his first two years.  Never took a gap year, never was shown wrestling for Finger Lakes.  So he could apply for a medical hardship waiver and try to get a 6th year, but I don't know that Cornell would support that sort of thing; my understanding is that the school and not just the athlete is part of the process.  And since he's already graduated it would mean competing as a grad student and the Ivies don't allow that.  So I don't understand why a guy would have to enter the transfer portal because he's going to grad school elsewhere, unless he intends to try to get the 6th year after the transfer.  I don't understand Garrett Hoffman in the portal either; Hoffman was a good 184-pounder at Bucknell (which has had only one exception to its no-redshirt rule) until he was injured midway through the 2017-18 season.  He missed the remainder of that year, all of 2018-19, and went 1-0 in 2019-20 at 285.  So he's been at Bucknell for four years, has almost certainly graduated, and is shown as transferring to Ohio State at 197/285.  He could wrestle as a grad student and could possibly get a 6th year, but since he's wrestled just one bout in the past 30 months or so, is he really going to be a factor for the Buckeyes?

Maybe it's just a case of both guys keeping their options open.

I saw the recruiting video; listed four guys that aren't shown on Intermat's commits list.  Does anyone know who posted it?  I didn't see a reference on Youtube.  The date was June 10, I think; not mentioned at all on Cornell's athletics website.

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23 minutes ago, jdalu75 said:

The comment about Furman at 285 was a joke.  The roster can be found on the Cornell wrestling website:  https://cornellbigred.com/sports/wrestling/roster  When the page comes up it defaults to 2019-20, but if you click on the year you can scroll up to 2020-21.  BTW, they're finally admitting that Darmstadt is 6' 5".

Richard has never wrestled at any weight other than 149 since he's been at Cornell.  Can he make 141?  For that matter, Saunders competed at 145 this past year, so if he's still growing he might have trouble making 141.  Yianni is the 500-lb gorilla -- he goes where he wants, which might maybe possibly be another ORS year.

I've seen the item about Tucker entering the transfer portal ("Beam me out, Scotty!) and I don't understand it.  I also don't understand Tucker's comments a few months ago about having another year of eligibility, at Cornell.  He was there for five years although I'm sure he wasn't in school every semester.  He was 0-0 his first two years.  Never took a gap year, never was shown wrestling for Finger Lakes.  So he could apply for a medical hardship waiver and try to get a 6th year, but I don't know that Cornell would support that sort of thing; my understanding is that the school and not just the athlete is part of the process.  And since he's already graduated it would mean competing as a grad student and the Ivies don't allow that.  So I don't understand why a guy would have to enter the transfer portal because he's going to grad school elsewhere, unless he intends to try to get the 6th year after the transfer.  I don't understand Garrett Hoffman in the portal either; Hoffman was a good 184-pounder at Bucknell (which has had only one exception to its no-redshirt rule) until he was injured midway through the 2017-18 season.  He missed the remainder of that year, all of 2018-19, and went 1-0 in 2019-20 at 285.  So he's been at Bucknell for four years, has almost certainly graduated, and is shown as transferring to Ohio State at 197/285.  He could wrestle as a grad student and could possibly get a 6th year, but since he's wrestled just one bout in the past 30 months or so, is he really going to be a factor for the Buckeyes?

Maybe it's just a case of both guys keeping their options open.

I saw the recruiting video; listed four guys that aren't shown on Intermat's commits list.  Does anyone know who posted it?  I didn't see a reference on Youtube.  The date was June 10, I think; not mentioned at all on Cornell's athletics website.

The original reference I found said that Koll "circulated" the video, but I can't verify that.  The poster said it was in email sent by Koll, so it would seem legit.

Tucker said he was done wrestling at Cornell, unless they (and the Ivy League) chose to make a COVID-19 exception for graduating seniors who lost out on some or all of their senior year competition.  He knew the rules.

If you look at the 20-21 roster and the video, it would seem like

125:  Arujau

133: Moomey/Wilson

141:  Yianni

149:  Richard/Saunders

157:  Yapoujian

165:  Santoro/Ramirez

174:  Berreyesa/Foca

184:  Dean

197:  Darmstadt/Cardenas (one of only two listed frosh)

285:  Fernandes/Furman

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3 minutes ago, klehner said:

Cardenas (one of only two listed frosh)

 

That'll change.  Cornell is one of the few teams that appear to gradually update the website roster; many just wait until they have the full thing and then do it all at once.  Cardenas and Benny Baker are the only two freshmen shown right now.

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13 minutes ago, klehner said:

Tucker said he was done wrestling at Cornell, unless they (and the Ivy League) chose to make a COVID-19 exception for graduating seniors who lost out on some or all of their senior year competition.  He knew the rules.

Not sure how Cornell/Ivy could make a covid exception since the NCAA isn't. 

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