InterMat Wrestling – Ten Years of: Cornell Wrestling (2013-22)

3x NCAA Champion Yianni Diakomihalis (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we’ll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our “Ten Years of…” feature. Even if you’re a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it’s a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We’re going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is…Cornell!

For past teams:

Air Force

American

Appalachian State

Arizona State

Army West Point

Binghamton

Bloomsburg

Brown

Bucknell

Buffalo

Cal Poly

Campbell

Central Michigan

Chattanooga

Clarion

Cleveland State

Columbia

NCAA Qualifiers (70)

2022

125 – Vito Arujau (#2); 133 – Dom Lajoie (#32); 149 – Yianni Diakomihalis (#1); 157 – Hunter Richard (#30); 165 – Julian Ramirez (#13); 174 – Chris Foca (#14); 184 – Jonathan Loew (#11); 197 – Jacob Cardenas (#19); 285 – Lewis Fernandes (#18)

2020

125 – Dom Lajoie (#32); 133 – Chas Tucker (#3); 141 – Noah Baughman (#22); 149 – Hunter Richard (#25); 174 – Brandon Womack (#30); 184 – Jonathan Loew (#28); 197 – Ben Darmstadt (#4); 285 – Brendan Furman (#28)

2019

125 – Vito Arujau (#8); 133 – Chas Tucker (#9); 141 – Yianni Diakomihalis (#1); 174 – Brandon Womack (#16); 184 – Max Dean (#5); 197 – Ben Honis (#9); 285 – Jerami Sweany (#23)

2018

133 – Chas Tucker; 141 – Yianni Diakomihalis (#3); 165 – Jon Jay Chavez (#16); 174 – Brandon Womack; 184 – Max Dean (#9); 197 – Ben Darmstadt (#2); 285 – Jerami Sweany

2017

133 – Mark Gray; 157 – Dylan Palacio (#7); 165 – Brandon Womack (#16); 174 – Brian Realbuto (#2); 184 – Gabe Dean (#1); 197 – Ben Honis

2016

125 – Dalton Macri; 133 – Nahshon Garrett (#1); 149 – Joey Galasso; 157 – Dylan Palacio (#5); 165 – Duke Pickett; 174 – Brian Realbuto (#2); 184 – Gabe Dean (#1); 197 – Owen Scott; 285 – Jerami Sweany

2015

125 – Nahshon Garrett (#2); 133 – Mark Gray; 149 – Chris Villalonga (#5); 157 – Brian Realbuto (#2); 165 – Dylan Palacio (#12); 174 – Duke Pickett; 184 – Gabe Dean (#1); 197 – Jace Bennett (#9); 285 – Jakob Aiken-Phillips

2014

125 – Nahshon Garrett (#2); 133 – Mark Gray (#15); 141 – Mike Navinger; 149 – Chris Villalonga (#3); 157 – Brian Realbuto (#7); 165 – Dylan Palacio (#14); 184 – Gabe Dean (#3); 197 – Jace Bennett (#10)

2013

125 – Nahshon Garrett (#6); 141 – Mike Nevinger (#11); 149 – Chris Villalonga; 165 – Kyle Dake (#1); 184 – Steve Bosak (#4); 197 – Jace Bennett; 285 – Stryker Lane

NCAA Champions

Yianni Diakomihalis (141 – 2018, 2019; 149 – 2022)

Nahshon Garrett (133 – 2016)

Gabe Dean (184 – 2015, 2016)

Kyle Dake (165 – 2013)

NCAA All-Americans

2022: Vito Arujau (125 – 3rd); Yianni Diakomihalis (149 – 1st); Jonathan Loew (184 – 8th)

2019: Vito Arujau (125 – 4th); Yianni Diakomihalis (141 – 1st); Max Dean (184 – 2nd); Ben Honis (197 – 8th)

2018: Yianni Diakomihalis (141 – 1st); Jon Jay Chavez (165 – 7th); Mat Dean (184 – 8th); Ben Darmstadt (197 – 6th)

2017: Dylan Palacio (157 – 6th); Brandon Womack (165 – 8th); Brian Realbuto (174 – 5th); Gabe Dean (184 – 2nd)

2016: Nahshon Garrett (133 – 1st); Dylan Palacio (157 – 4th); Gabe Dean (184 – 1st)

2015: Nahshon Garrett (125 – 5th); Chris Villalonga (149 – 6th); Brian Realbuto (157 – 2nd); Gabe Dean (184 – 1st)

2014: Nahshon Garrett (125 – 2nd); Brian Realbuto (157 – 6th); Gabe Dean (184 – 3rd)

2013: Nahshon Garrett (125 – 3rd); Mike Nevinger (141 – 5th); Kyle Dake (165 – 1st); Steve Bosak (184 – 3rd)

NWCA All-Americans

Chas Tucker (133 – First Team)

Ben Darmstadt (197 – First Team)

NCAA Round of 12 Finishers

Julian Ramirez (2022 – 165)

Lewis Fernandes (2022 – 285)

Mark Gray (2014 – 133)

Chris Villalonga (2014 – 149)

Dylan Palacio (2014 – 165)

EIWA Champions

2022: Vito Arujau (125); Yianni DIakomihalis (149); Jonathan Loew (184)

2020: Chas Tucker (133); Ben Darmstadt (197)

2019: Chas Tucker (133); Yianni Diakomihalis (141); Max Dean (184)

2018: Yianni Diakomihalis (141); Jon Jay Chavez (165); Ben Darmstadt (197)

2017: Dylan Palacio (157); Brandon Womack (165); Brian Realbuto (174); Gabe Dean (184)

2016: Nahshon Garrett (133); Dylan Palacio (157); Brian Realbuto (174); Gabe Dean (184)

2015: Nahshon Garrett (125); Chris Villalonga (149); Brian Realbuto (157); Gabe Dean (184); Jace Bennett (197)

2014: Nahshon Garrett (125); Chris Villalonga (149); Gabe Dean (184); Jace Bennett (197)

2013: Nahshon Garrett (125): Kyle Dake (165); Steve Bosak (184)

EIWA Runners-Up

2022: Lewis Fernandes (285)

2020: Hunter Richard (149)

2019: Vito Arujau (125); Brandon Womack (174); Ben Honis (197)

2018: Chas Tucker (133); Max Dean (184)

2016: Joey Galasso (149); Duke Pickett (165)

2015: Dylan Palacio (165)

2014: Dylan Palacio (165)

Dual Record

2021-22: 3-12

2021: No Season (Ivy League)

2019-20: 7-11

2018-19: 13-3

2017-18: 13-2

2016-17: 13-2

2015-16: 6-5

2014-15: 17-2

2013-14: 13-1

2012-13: 14-4

EIWA Tournament Placement

2021-22: 1st

2021: No Season (Ivy League)

2019-20: 2nd

2018-19: 2nd

2017-18: 2nd

2016-17: 1st

2015-16: 1st

2014-15: 1st

2013-14: 1st

2012-13: 1st

NCAA Tournament Team Placement

2021-22: 7th (54.5 points)

2021: No Season (Ivy League)

2019-20: No Tournament

2018-19: 7th (59.5 points)

2017-18: 7th (48 points)

2016-17: 8th (60.5 points)

2015-16: 7th (67 points)

2014-15: 5th (71.5 points)

2013-14: 7th (53 points)

2012-13: 5th (65 points)

Head Coaching History

Mike Gray (2021-Present)

Rob Koll (1993-2021)

Best Lineup (Comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

125 – Vito Arujau: 2x All-American (3rd, 4th), 2x EIWA Champion

133 – Nahshon Garrett: 4x All-American (3rd, 2nd, 5th, 1st), 2016 NCAA Champion, 4x EIWA Champion

141 – Yianni Diakomihalis: 3x All-American (1st, 1st, 1st) 3x NCAA Champion, 3x EIWA Champion

149 – Chris Villalonga: 2015 All-American (5th), 2x EIWA Champion

157 – Dylan Palacio: 2x All-American (4th, 6th), 2x EIWA Champion, 4x EIWA finalist

165 – Kyle Dake: 4x NCAA Champion, 3x EIWA Champion

174 – Brian Realbuto: 3x All-American (2nd, 5th, 6th), 3x EIWA Champion

184 – Gabe Dean: 4x All-American (2nd, 1st, 1st, 3rd), 2x NCAA Champion, 4x EIWA Champion

197 – Ben Darmstadt: 2018 NCAA 6th, 2020 NWCA 1st Team All-American, 2x EIWA Champion

285 – Lewis Fernandes: 2022 NCAA Round of 12 Finisher, 2022 EIWA Runner-Up

Recruiting

Big Boarder’s Per Year

2022: #56 Erik Gibson (PA); #96 Aiden Hanning (NH); #238 Ashton Davis (TN)

2021: #26 Brett Ungar (NJ); #46 Ryan Sokol (MN); #50 Vince Cornella (CO); #61 Cooper Kropman (NY); #147 Justin Mayes (OH); #167 Christian Hansen (NY); #275 Evan Canoyer (NE): #249 Ethan Fernandez (NJ)

2020: #10 Joshua Saunders (MO); #18 Greg Diakomihalis (NY); #69 Cole Handlovic (PA); #76 Ethan Hatcher (OH); #89 Gage McClanahan (PA); #129 Chayse LaJoie (MI); #158 Najee Lockett (OH)

2019: #6 Jacob Cardenas (NJ); #16 Julian Ramirez (FL); #26 Colton Yapoujian (CO); #31 Chris Foca (NJ); #58 Phillip Moomey (NE); #70 Mason Reiniche (TN); #97 Lewis Fernandes (NJ)

2018: #40 Andrew Merola (NJ)

2017: #3 Yianni Diakomihalis (NY); #4 Vito Arujau (NY); #54 Jake Brindley (FL); #59 Seth Janney (PA); #65 Andrew Berreyesa (NV); #70 Brendan Fuhrman (PA)

2016: #16 Ben Darmstadt (OH); #86 Noah Baughman (OH); #92 Max Dean (MI); #114 Foster Karmon (MI); #150 Trence Gillam (CA)

2015: #49 Chas Tucker (MA); #145 Jonathan Furnas (OH)

2014: #23 Joey Galasso (PA); #32 Jon Jay Chavez (ID); #42 Dalton Macri (PA); #52 Dillon Artigliere (NJ); #59 Jerami Sweany (CA); #94 Andrew Garcia (MI); #103 Brandon Womack (AL)

2013: #44 Jake Taylor (PA); #190 Dan Choi (NY)

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