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Cornell vs Virginia Tech Wrestling Dual Meet Preview

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Cornell vs Virginia Tech will be going down this Friday at 7pm EST. The dual will be at Virginia Tech and can be streamed live on ESPN.

Projected Matches:

125- Brett Ungar vs Eddie Ventresca

Both of these guys have looked decent so far this season and have similar rankings. As far as matchups go Ungar definitely has the better wins and record vs common opponents so I will give him the edge here.

133- Vito Arujau vs Sam Latona

These two met at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational where Vito won the match 6-1. Both of these guys are up from 125 pounds last year and it has looked to greatly benefit them both.

For the time being with the wins that Vito has already at this weight class he is the undisputed #3 behind RBY and Daton Fix and it will most likely stay that way.

141- Vince Cornella vs Tom Crook

This is a very interesting bout here, on paper all things point to Crook winning the match but Cornella has looked solid with a 11-3 record this season and a big win over Jesse Vasquez on Wednesday

I will give Cornella the victory here by decision.

149- Yianni Diakomihalis vs Caleb Henson

Henson has had a phenomenal run so far in his freshman campaign, and even with Yianni taking a loss earlier he will most likely be too much for Henson to handle here.

Yianni should be able to grab the win here with little to no issue and possibly a major although that maybe a little much.

157- Gage McClenahan or Colton Yapoujian vs Clayton Ulrey or Bryce Andonian

Hard to be sure on who will be wrestling at this weight class given the circumstances. Andonian has not wrestled a match this season and McClenahan wrestled on Wednesday night for the Big Rec.

Let’s assume we see McClenahan vs Ulrey here. Ulrey is definitely a big favorite here and should be able to get the win. It might be close but there is also a chance that Ulrey starts blowing it wide open.

165- Julian Ramirez vs Connor Brady

Brady had a very close match with Shane Griffith of Stanford falling in the tie breakers. He has not looked to beat his opponents by substantial margins but at the same time has held his own in matches he has lost. Ramirez will most likely see a decision victory here.

174- Chris Foca vs Mekhi Lewis

Match of the dual here most likely, Foca has been climbing up the rankings and has showed no sign of slowing down. The last two times it was a one point match with Mekhi winning, and one of them even went into the tie breaker periods.

Foca has a legitimate chance to pull the upset here so do not be surprised if that happens. However you probably have to go with past results here and say Mekhi by a close decision.

184- Jonathan Loew vs Hunter Bolen

This is a very intriguing match, these guys have not met in over a year. They are 1-1 against each other with Loew winning the last meeting 7-5 in sudden victory at the Collegiate Duals in 2021.

Both of these guys have looked solid and it is up in the air whether or not Loew will be the guy at 184, but assuming he is I would have to give Bolen the edge here.

197- Jacob Cardenas vs Andy Smith

Smith has been having a decent season so far, Cardenas won this matchup back in 2021 3-2. From the looks of it this should be another close bout.

There is nothing sticking out with results that would prove either one to have a massive advantage or pull for an upset so I will go with Cardenas here.

285- Lewis Fernandes vs Hunter Catka

Fernandes is coming off of a rough patch of losses falling to Cohlton Schultz on Wednesday night 4-2. However he is still one of the best guys in the country and we have seen that time and time again. Catka has looked solid as well but I’ll take Fernandes by decision here.

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Akil Murugan
Akil Murugan
Senior Editor for Heavyweight Nation

1 COMMENT

  1. Was disappointed to learn TODAY that the match will be at Moss Theater and not Cassell Arena and is SOLD OUT .After I booked a hotel.

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