Cornell Comes At You In 3D

New look, same ol’ dominance.

Gone are the days of Gabe Dean rocking the red singlet with the Cornell "C" on it. However, the new-look Big Red are still crushing opponents and eyeing another EIWA title behind their dynamic trio of Yianni Diakomihalis, Ben Darmstadt, and Max Dean at next weekend's conference tournament at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. 

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A true freshman, Diakomihalis came into his first NCAA season with big expectations, and so far the two-time Cadet world champ and #3-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds has lived up to the hype. 

In just his first year, his resume already includes some big-time wins, most notably a CKLV semifinal triumph over current #1 Bryce Meredith. That victory propelled Diakomihalis to the finals, where he took out Josh Albert to win it all.

Watch Yianni D and Bryce Meredith in a wild semifinal at CKLV:

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Yianni D’s one blemish of the season came against returning All-American and the dominantly unpredictable Jaydin Eierman, whom Diakomihalis was beating until very late in the match. In a stacked weight class, the youngster is a serious title contender and has powered Cornell to the top of the conference once again.

But obviously he hasn’t done it alone. Darmstadt, the top-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, also brings a slew of bonus points. Behind his deadly combination of an assassin and a crossface cradle, the redshirt freshman enters the EIWA tournament at 27-1 with 16 pins this season. His lone loss came in November and has since been avenged. Darmstadt has recorded bonus points in 24 of his 27 wins and has gone over two months without dropping a match.

Cornell's third conference contender is the man ruling the 184-pound spot for the Big Red. It might not be Gabe, but it is still being run by Dean — Max, that is. With 26 wins against just two losses, Max is hoping to keep the EIWA title in the family for another year. 

At a collective 75-4, these three young guys all average over a 93 percent winning percentage and are looking to make sure Cornell’s firm grasp on the conference doesn’t start slipping away. With Lehigh returning to full strength, the Mountain Hawks are a threat to stop the Big Red's multi-year streak. 

So the law firm of Dean, Darmstadt, and Diakomihalis better keep their love for bonus points burning if their team is going to claim another title. 

FRL 387: The 125lb Landscape Next Season

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FRL 387: The 125lb Landscape Next Season

2020 Title Contenders: 149 Pounds

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A lot of heavy hitting 149-pounders used up their final year of NCAA eligibility last season, including the champ Anthony Ashnault, three-time All-American Micah Jordan, and 2018's fourth-place finisher Mitch Finesilver. A solid crop of contenders return, however, to a weight class that is very much up for grabs. 

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2020 Title Contenders: 141 Pounds

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Ohio State's Three-time All-American Joey McKenna has exhausted his NCAA eligibility, but just about every other 141-pounder from last season has time left to earn an NCAA title. Four-time national qualifier Josh Alber of UNI is another noteworthy departure from the division. 

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2020 Title Contenders: 133 Pounds

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For as gnarly as the hunt for the 125-pound NCAA title looks to be, 133 is going to be an absolute bloodbath. Although the weight class loses two All-Americans to graduation in John Erneste and Ethan Lizak, and it looks like 2018 third-placer Tariq Wilson will be bumping up to 141 for the 2020 season, the weight class does expect to see the return of Seth Gross, the 2019 133-pound champ. 

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Six Questions For Ohio State's Lineup In 2020

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For three straight years now Ohio State has finished as the second best team in the country. Their lineups have totaled 341 points at NCAAs in that time, an average of nearly 114 per tournament.

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2020 Title Contenders: 125 Pounds

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A good amount of talent returns to the lightest NCAA weight class next season, as only a couple of All-Americans in Ronnie Bresser and Sean Russell have used up their eligibility. 

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