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šŸ» How Does Cornell's Lineup Look in 2023?

publishedabout 2 months ago
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Cornell lost exactly two starters from 2022 to 2023. So are they still lethal? Yes. Can they pack a heavy punch? Yes. Let's take a look. . .


Who's Returning & Leaving?

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The only starters leaving Cornell are Hunter Richard and Dominic LaJoie. Both are national qualifiers, so those are tough gaps to fill.

But the good news is All-Americans Vito Arujau (3rd), Yianni Diakomihalis (1st), and Jonathan Loew (8th) are all returning.

On top of that, round of 12 guys who just missed the podium are also returning: Julian Ramirez (165) and Lewis Fernandes (285). Qualifiers Chris Foca (174) and Jacob Cardenas (197) round out the dangerous bunch.


Filling in the "Gaps"

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Vito dropped to 125 last season, but I see him wrestling 133 this year now that Spencer is back. This also gives Greg Diakomihalis, Flo's #15 recruit of 2020, a chance to start as the lightweight.

Cornell failed to qualify 141 lbs for NCAAs in 2022; so, Senior JJ Wilson's weight will be contested by top 50 recruit of 2021 Vince Cornella and #8 recruit of 2020 Josh Saunders. I'd predict Saunders starts since he already has a win over Wilson.

Finally at 157, look for Colton Yapoujian to take over the spot again. He started last season until he was injured.


2023 Lineup Preview

Here's how I expect the team to look in 2023:

  • 125. Greg Diakomihalis
  • 133. Vito Arujau (*3rd at 125)
  • 141. Josh Saunders
  • 149. Yianni Diakomihalis (1st)
  • 157. Colton Yapoujian
  • 165. Julian Ramirez (R12)
  • 174. Chris Foca (NQ)
  • 184. Jonathan Loew (8th)
  • 197. Jacob Cardenas (NQ)
  • 285. Lewis Fernandes (R12)

What to Expect

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Cornell can realistically qualify all ten wrestlers for the 2023 NCAA Championships, and I fully expect them to dominate the EIWA again. 2023 could be historic year for Big Red as Yianni Diakomihalis could become a 4Xer, making Cornell the first school to have two 4X Champs.

As far as the team race, I see Cornell realistically scoring 60 points. If a few guys right outside of the top 8 find a way onto the stand, then Cornell could even crack the top 5. It's going to have to be a total team effort.

šŸ‘‰ If you think Yianni will become a 4Xer, reply to this email with one word you'd use to describe him. . .

Josiah Hritsko

Wrestling Fan & Founder of Fanco Wrestling

P.S. Thanks to Gerard Freisinger, Felix Morales, Brian Hritsko, Gary Poole, Bruce Reeves, El McMeen, Mitch Coleman, and the other Cornell fans who requested this preview.

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