Small College Sports

Pins power Coe wrestling to victory over Cornell

Kohawks with 4 falls to top Rams, 32-15

Coe head wrestling coach John Oostendorp. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Coe head wrestling coach John Oostendorp. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Coe Coach John Oostendorp likes an attacking style of wrestling.

The Kohawks made him pretty happy Friday night.

Tenth-ranked Coe recorded four pins and handled Cornell 32-15 in the Bremner Cup series dual at Kohawk Arena. The Kohawks have won 19 of the last 22 meetings between the rivals, evening the series at 19-19-2 since 1983.

Oostendorp witnessed an open style that produced bonus points in all six victories.

“That’s the name of the game in wrestling,” Oostendorp said. “You have to be the aggressor. You have to make that guy react. I thought we did that in most matches.”

Coe (13-7) stormed to a 22-3 lead with four wins in the first five weights. Keegan Powers (133) and 149-pounder Josh Gerke posted first-period falls before All-American Cole Erickson decked John Engelbrecht in 3:24 at 157. Jake Voss needed just 58 seconds to pin Nic Jarvis at 174, restoring Coe’s 19-point advantage.

Coe’s Brady Wilsie (125) opened the dual with three takedowns and four nearfall for a 13-1 major decision over Keegan Schultschik. Taylor Mehmen, ranked seventh at 197, downed Kendale McCoy, 9-1, scoring three takedowns

“I saw it a lot more, especially in myself, where we were just going out there, flipping the switch and just wrestling,” Erickson said. “You’re always looking for and a point for riding time.

Erickson wrestled in his first match since the NWCA National Duals on Jan. 5. He has battled injury and tried to get healthy for the final stretch. The Kohawks have received a boost from starters returning to the lineup.

“We’re kind of getting some guys back from injury that are bringing more energy to the practice room and the mat,” Oostendorp said. “I think it’s like anything. They start feeding off each other and that’s what you look for.

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“This is Cole’s first match in about three weeks. I was glad to see him go out, control his weight and have a good match.”

Cornell (4-11) received a fall from All-American Ben Hewson at 165 and decisions from Jake Wulf (141), 184-pounder Bryce Oveson and heavyweight Chris Lyons.

The Kohawks own a 7-3 overall lead in the Bremner Cup series between the two schools this year.

AT KOHAWK ARENA

Coe 32, Cornell 15

(Individual takedowns in parentheses)

125 pounds — Brady Wilsie (Coe) major dec. Keegan Schultschik, 13-1 (3,0); 133 — Keegan Powers (Coe) pinned Brody Lamb, 2:31 (2,0); 141 — Jake Wulf (Cor) dec. Amier Khamis, 3-1 SV1 (1,0); 149 — Josh Gerke (Coe) pinned Austin Thomas, 1:12 (1,0); 157 — Cole Erickson (Coe) pinned John Engelbrecht, 3:24 (1,0); 165 — Ben Hewson (Cor) pinned Nate Olsen, 4:20 (1,0); 174 — Jake Voss (Coe) pinned Nic Jarvis,: 58 (1,0); 184 — Bryce Oveson (Cor) dec. Josh Edel, 5-2 (2,0); 197 — Taylor Mehmen (Coe) major dec. Kendale McCoy, 9-1 (3,0); Hwt. — Chris Lyons (Cor) dec. Kaleb Reeves, 8-7 (3,1).

MEET STATISTICS

Takedowns — Coe 12, Cornell 7. Reversals — Coe 1, Cornell 1. Escapes — Coe 10, Cornell 6. Nearfall points — Coe 4, Cornell 0. Penalty points (awarded) — Coe 2, Cornell 0. Riding-time points — Coe 2, Cornell 0. Total match points — Coe 44, Cornell 22. Official — Rick Stahl.

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