MOUNT VERNON – Coe was all about the style.
It wasn’t the Kohawks’ crimson singlets, the shoes or headgear the displayed that impressed head coach John Oostendorp. The way they competed in them, however, provided the positive vibes.
“At most of the weights I thought we came out and wrestled the style we pride ourselves on,” Oostendorp said. “That’s just wrestling hard-nosed and attacking.”
The 11th-ranked Coe overpowered No. 18 Cornell early, winning six of the first seven weights and rolled to a 27-12 victory last night in the latest Bremner Cup All-Sports Series event at Small Multi-Sport Center. Coe is now 13-4 overall and Cornell fell to 10-4.
Oostendorp said this dual would serve as a good gauge with the postseason approaching quickly. The emphasis was placed on “wrestling with an edge” and they delivered, according to Oostendorp.
“Overall, you’re looking for progress this time of year,” Oostendorp said. “You watch for the identity your team is taking on or hopefully has. I felt good about that tonight.”
The wins were not as eye-opening as the manner they were earned. The Kohawks scored bonus points in five of those victories. Second-ranked 157-pounder Dmitry Boyer (24-5) provided the biggest blow to the Rams, scoring a first-period fall over Chase Ridenour.
“I’m always looking to score bonus points,” said Boyer, who notched his 35th career pin to rank 5th all-time at Coe. “They come along with our style of wrestling.”
Boyer’s pin bridged technical falls from Coe’s Beau Westpfahl (19-13) at 141 and 165-pounder Farai Sewera (26-5). Westpfahl handled Nathan Shank, tallying 12 nearfall points, in a 16-0 win terminated in the second period.
“He’s had a couple of really good weeks of practice,” Oostendorp said. “I really like where he is at and where he’s going.”
Sewera gave the Kohawks a 19-3 lead at intermission. He had seven takedowns in a 19-4 win over Michael Maksimovic.
“I thought Farai was the epitome of what we look for,” Oostendorp said. “From start to finish, he was going forward.”
Fourth-ranked Ethan Ball (174) and 184-pounder Ryan Sheldon (22-5) continued the streak, securing the win with consecutive major decisions. NCAA runner-up and sixth-ranked Jimmy Gotto (19-5) opened the dual with a decision for Coe.
It was Coe’s eighth straight win in the series and 14th in the last 15.
“We realize we’ve been winning this,” Boyer said. “It means a lot to us, and I know it means a lot to Coach O for us to come over to Cornell and dominate like we have been in the past and what we’re going to continue to do.”
Cornell had some bright spots despite the final team score. The Rams won the final three matches and received a win from 149-pounder Trevor Engle. He remained one of Cornell’s hottest wrestler, five takedowns with riding time for a 14-8 win over Josh Donkle.
He has won 18 of his last 19 matches, improving to 25-5. Cornell Coach Mike Duroe said he has the opportunity to achieve some major goals, including contending for a national title.
“He’s a relentless worker,” Duroe said. “We have to clean up some technical things, but I think he can if he continues at the pace he is at right now.
“He’s got a real positive attitude and that’s so important.”
NCAA finalist Alex Coolidge, ranked as high as first nationally, used an escape and takedown in the second tiebreaker period to beat No. 10 Donnie Horner, 4-1. It was the only matchup of ranked wrestlers. Duroe wasn’t hanging his hat on just coming away with a win.
“He didn’t really stick with the game plan we had for him,” Duroe said about Coolidge (20-4). “I think Horner stayed with his game plan, controlling the ties and pressure during the match. I give Horner credit. He had a plan to beat us and he stayed with it and he almost did.
“When Alex gets in tight situations, he doesn’t move laterally like he has the ability to. When he moves and wrestles, he is really, really good.”
Heavyweight Carl Gaul followed with his own overtime win, getting a takedown with 18 seconds to go in sudden victory for a 3-1 decision over Cory Becker. Ben Rosen capped the dual with three points in the second period for a 5-4 win, erasing an early three-point deficit at 125.
“We expected to win those matches and we did,” Duroe said. “I didn’t expect them to be that close.”
Duroe said the Rams came out flat and didn’t adjust during the dual. Intensity was the difference.
“They came out at a different pace,” Duroe said. “It was higher than ours. We weren’t ready for that level of fight.”
The bigger winner of the entire evening was charity. The “Take Down Cancer” event also included a kids wrestling clinic, featuring former University of Iowa wrestlers and a speech from former Hawkeye coach Dan Gable. The $10 fee, included a t-shirt and admission to the dual, was part of fundraising that included t-shirt sales, raffle and general donations.
More than $5,000 was raised to benefit the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
“I’m really proud of the community and how it turned out,” Duroe said. “It was great.”
AT MOUNT VERNON
Coe 27, Cornell 12
(Individual takedowns in parentheses)
133 pounds – Jim Gotto (Coe) dec. Phillip Opelt, 9-2 (3, 0); 141 – Beau Westpfahl (Coe) tech. fall Nathan Shank, 15-0 (1, 0); 149 – Trevor Engle (Cor) dec. Josh Donkle, 14-8 (5, 1); 157 – Dmitry Boyer (Coe) pinned Chase Ridenour, 2:46 (1, 0); 165 – Farai Sewera (Coe) tech. fall Michael Maksimovic, 19-4 (7, 0); 174 – Ethan Ball (Coe) major dec. Brent Hamm, 11-3 (3, 0); 184 – Ryan Sheldon (Coe) major dec. Aburough Abegesah, 13-3 (4, 1); 197 – Alex Coolidge (Cor) dec. Donnie Horner, 4-1 TB1 (1, 0); Hwt. – Carl Gaul (Cor) dec. Cory Becker, 3-1 (1, 0); 125 – Ben Rosen (Cor) dec. Jan Rosenberg, 5-4 (1, 2).
Takedowns – Coe 22, Cornell 9. Reversals – Coe 1, Cornell 0. Escapes – Coe 11, Cornell 18. Nearfall points – Coe 25, Cornell 0. Penalty points (awarded) – Coe 2, Cornell 1. Riding time points – Coe 3, Cornell 1. Total match points – Coe 87, Cornell 38. Attendance – 1,040.
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