Unseeded Engle finishes as NCAA runner-up
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Men's Wrestling - Sat, Mar. 11, 2017

LA CROSSE, Wis. – For the second straight year, Cornell landed an Engle as 149-pound runner-up at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.

Senior Aaron Engle (SR/Kansas City, Mo.) took out three seeded wrestlers over two days before dropping a 4-1 championship battle with Southern Maine's No. 4 Dan Del Gallo on the big stage Saturday night at the La Crosse Center.

The unseeded Engle became the fourth Ram in five years to reach the national finals. That includes his twin brother Trevor, who was second at the same weight class in 2016.

Aaron Engle (21-10) held his own in a physical match with Del Gallo (45-1), who upset Wartburg's two-time defending champion Kenny Martin in the semifinals. After a scoreless first period, Del Gallo got on the board with an escape early in the second.

Engle trailed 1-0 entering the third period, where he started in the down position. Del Gallo recorded a pivotal two-point near fall to push the margin to 3-0. Engle was able to escape with less than a minute remaining, but couldn't mount a late comeback. Del Gallo earned riding time for the final margin.

Engle closed a fine three-year career with the Rams as a two-time NCAA qualifier, garnering his first all-America medal this weekend.

Engle's impressive tournament was highlighted by Saturday's semifinal victory over Lycoming's Seth Lansberry, who entered the match undefeated on the season. Engle won the bout in overtime by pin in 7:37.

On Friday, Engle scored tight wins over Olivet's No. 6 Austin Kelly (9-7 in the first round) and Ithaca's No. 3 Sam Schneider (11-10 in the quarterfinals).  

Cornell 174-pounder Michael Maksimovic (SR/Northbrook, Ill.) competed Friday and finished with a 2-2 record, one win shy of all-America status.

The Rams finished 20th in the final team standings with 18 points.