MOUNT VERNON – Cornell 125-pounder Ben Rosen created a highlight ending to his home career, rallying for a sudden victory in the final match of Monday's dual with top-ranked Wartburg on Senior Night in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
Rosen brought the Ram fans to their feet with a 7-5 overtime triumph over Jake Agnitsch. The senior provided one of four match wins for 18th-ranked Cornell, which battled tough with three-time defending NCAA champion Wartburg in a 26-15 setback.
Rosen (14-9) scored a pair of third-period takedowns, the second coming with just three seconds left on the clock to force overtime. Rosen finished his comeback with the winning takedown 25 seconds into the extra one-minute period for win No. 89 of his career.
The Rams (10-5) received bookend wins from Rosen and freshman Phillip Opelt, who posted a pin in 3:27 over Charlie Jones in the opening bout at 133 pounds. Opelt (18-10) used a reversal to turn Jones to his back for a second-period fall.
Cornell also got wins from sophomore ninth-ranked Trevor Engle at 149 and senior fifth-ranked Alex Coolidge at 197. Engle (26-5) needed just nine seconds of overtime to tally a takedown in his 3-1 sudden victory over Mark Pinero.
In the night's lone bout between rated wrestlers, Coolidge dominated sixth-ranked Puna Soriano for a 7-0 decision. After a scoreless first period, Coolidge earned three points in the second and then sealed it on a takedown early in the third.
Coolidge (21-4) avenged a 4-2 loss suffered in mid-November against Soriano, and now has beaten every Division III foe he's faced this season. Coolidge bumped his career record to 97-32, moving into a tie for 13th place on Cornell's all-time wins list.
Senior heavyweight Carl Gaul put up a fight in a 6-5 loss to Wartburg's Ben Nagle. Gaul (20-8) outscored Nagle, 4-2, in the final period before running out of time.
Engle's win gave the Rams a 9-4 lead through three matches. Wartburg (17-0) responded by winning the next four matches to build a 23-9 cushion.
Cornell's Samuel Chalkley fell 14-3 to seventh-ranked Connor Campo at 141. Chase Ridenour lost by injury default in the first period at 157. Michael Maksimovic dropped an 18-8 major decision at 165 to third-ranked Cole Welter.
The Knights held a 21-9 advantage in total takedowns and finished with 15 near-fall points.
Coming up – Cornell concludes the dual portion of its schedule Thursday night against 26th-ranked Augustana (11-5) at 7 p.m. in Rock Island, Ill. The Vikings took last year's meet, 27-20, snapping a five-dual winning streak in the series by the Rams.
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