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Kyle Dake wins World Championship

By NYWN, 10/24/18, 3:00PM EDT


NY natives Dake & Gwiazdowski both earn World Freestyle Medals


BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Kyle Dake '13 became the first Cornell wrestler to win a World title, winning the 79 kg freestyle crown after a 2-0 win over Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan in the finals. Dake outscored his opponents 37-0 in capturing his weight class at the 2018 UWW Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Dake picked up a first period passivity point to go into the break leading 1-0, then used a late pushout to hold off Hasanov, who didn't have any significant scoring opportunities in the match.

The former Big Red great did not allow a point in the entire tournament, earning tech falls to the finals before scraping out a win on Monday evening.

 Dake became the first NCAA wrestler to win national titles in four different weight classes, the first to win four national titles without taking a redshirt season and just the third athlete to claim four national titles overall. The 2013 Hodge Award winner as the national Wrestler of the Year was a three-time EIWA Wrestler of the Year. The Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA tournament in 2013, Dake became the third Cornell wrestler to capture the award and the first since Dave Auble in 1960. He wrapped up his amazing career with a 137-4 record, including winning his final 79 collegiate matches. Dake was named the Charles H. Moore Senior co-Athlete of the Year at Cornell, the Sports Illustrated Male College Athlete of the Year and was an ESPY finalist for Best Male College Athlete in 2013. The four-time NCAA All-American was elected to the EIWA Hall of Fame in 2014.

NY Native Nick Gwiazdowski captures 2nd straight Bronze Medal


Nick Gwiazdowski is a world bronze medalist for the second year in a row after the American defeated Sumit Malik of India at 125 kilograms at the 2018 Senior World Wrestling Championships on Sunday in Budapest, Hungary.

Gwiazdowski, a two-time NCAA champion at North Carolina State, won his repechage match to get to the bronze-medal match, where he made it 4-for-4 for the Americans competing in the medal round Sunday.

Gwiazdowski forced a step-out and then time ran down on Malik to give the Raleigh, North Carolina, native a 2-0 lead. He expanded that to 4-0 with a takedown and with just 30 seconds remaining in the match he was ahead 7-2. When time ran down, that is how the score stood and the nation’s top-ranked wrestler at 125 kg laid claim to his second world bronze. 

In order to reach the match, the top-seeded Gwiazdowski defeated 2014 junior world champion Amar Dhesi of Canada in the repechage 7-0. He defeated Zolboo Natsatgsuren, who was fifth at last year’s world championships, 9-4, before losing to China’s Zhiwei Deng 5-4.


Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.