INDIANOLA – Cornell's wrestling team racked up big points in the middle of the lineup and continued its dominance over Simpson with a 29-12 dual win Thursday night in Hopper Gymnasium.
The Rams (1-1) won seven of the 10 matches and recorded their 16th consecutive series victory over the Storm (0-1).
The meet was tied 6-6 after three bouts when Cornell 149-pounder Klayton Keller (SO/Des Moines, Iowa) started a stretch of bonus-point wins that put the Rams in control. Keller took down Jakob Slavin in the opening minute and then sent Slavin to his back for a quick pin in 58 seconds.
After Simpson drew within 12-9, the Rams broke the meet open with back-to-back technical falls from Nic Jarvis (SR/Iowa City, Iowa) at 165 and John Engelbrecht (SR/Mount Vernon, Iowa) at 174. Jarvis piled up nine first-period points in his 22-7 victory over Dalton Cockman.
Engelbrecht built more than five minutes of riding time in his 18-3 rout of Nicholas Blasko. He scored half of his points in the final period, giving the Rams a 22-9 team advantage.
Cornell 184-pounder Bryce Oveson (JR/Wilton, Iowa) sealed the meet with a 12-4 major decision over Shyler Langley. Kendale McCoy (SR/Oak Park, Ill.) continued the team's roll with a 3-2 decision at 197 over Sam Mathis, scoring the winning takedown with 47 seconds remaining in the match.
The Rams received tight wins early in the dual from freshman Evan Husko (FR/Wauconda, Ill.) at 133 (5-3 over Josh Bower) and Jake Wulf (SR/Odebolt, Iowa) at 141 (7-6 over Sam McCoy).
Cornell heavyweight Drake Fox (FR/Danville, Iowa) dropped a 2-1 battle with Colton Kinnison. Freshman Vincent Vass (FR/Ottumwa, Iowa) lost 7-4 to Simpson's Robert Silva at 157. Simpson's lone bonus-point win came at 125 with Dylan McChesney pinning Joey Shaw (FR/Colorado Springs, Colo.) in 2:02.
Coming up – The Rams travel to Decorah Nov. 16 for the Luther Open. Matches begin at 9 a.m.