DUBUQUE – On the heels of a big victory at Wartburg last week, Cornell junior Carl Gaul tacked on four more wins Saturday and captured the heavyweight crown at Loras College's Duhawk Open.
Gaul surrendered just one point in four matches during a dominant performance that boosted his season record to 24-10. He was among 10 placewinners for the Rams, who received runner-up finishes from Ben Rosen at 125 pounds and Trevor Engle at 149.
Gaul took down four Iowa Conference foes on his path to the title, capped with a 4-0 decision over Luther's Andrew Waites in the championship bout. He scored a 3-0 win over Luther's Jake Johnson in the first round, followed by a 9-1 major decision against Creighton Fox of Coe. Gaul beat Wartburg's Zachary Henaman in the semifinals, 4-0.
Gaul entered the tournament fresh off a pin over nationally-ranked Ryan Fank in a Jan. 24 dual with Wartburg.
Rosen and Engle both were nipped by a single point in their respective championship matches.
Rosen (22-13) fell 8-7 to Jared Parvinmehr of Coe in the 125-pound final. The Cornell junior scored an 11-3 semifinal win over Jake Agnitsch of Wartburg. Rosen also recorded a 19-9 major decision and a first-period pin (1:53).
Engle (24-7) dropped a 6-5 decision to Wartburg's Brandon Welter in his title bout at 149. The Ram freshman posted a pin (6:02) and a major decision (16-7), before taking an 8-4 semifinal victory over Matt Holmes.
The Rams got third-place showings from freshmen Samuel Chalkley (141) and Aburough Abegesah (184), along with a fourth from freshman Eric Tucker (285). Chalkley (14-11) went 5-1 on a day that included three pins in just over five minutes of total match time. He won 18-5 in the consolation semifinal, and then took the third-place match over Dubuque's Adrian Collier, 10-3.
Abegesah (13-11) prevailed 12-6 in his third-place match against Bryan Levsen of Wartburg. He also had wins of 10-5 and 10-2. Tucker (13-17) finished 4-2 in the heavyweight division. He fell 5-4 in the third-place bout.
Sophomore Brent Hamm placed fifth with a 3-2 mark at 174. Cornell got sixth-place finishes from Scott Smith at 125, Daniel Klema at 157 and Benjamin Rosen at 165.
Coming up – The No. 28 Rams (5-3) are back in Dubuque Wednesday, Feb. 6 to face 26th-ranked University of Dubuque (9-7) in a 7 p.m. dual meet. Cornell has taken the last two meetings with the Spartans, including a 25-7 victory last year in Mount Vernon.