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Three Stars of the Week: December 31 – January 6

  1. Gabe Dean

Gabe Dean headed the Big Red’s efforts in the Defense Soap & Flips Wrestling Southern Scuffle by earning his second consecutive Southern Scuffle title. In doing so, Dean pinned No. 1 Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh in the 184-pound final.

While capturing back-to-back Southern Scuffle titles, Dean has put on outstanding performances in the tournament. Last year, the sophomore snapped the 84-match win streak of Penn State’s Ed Ruth, a two-time national champion. This time, Dean defeated three wrestlers nationally ranked within the top 16, including Thomusseit.

Dean lost twice at the Las Vegas Invitational just less than a month ago, but bounced back in a big way with two bonus wins and a pin.

Cornell finished sixth as a team with 79.5 points, as three Big Red wrestlers earned spots on the podium.

The squad will host the University of Missouri at the Friedman Wrestling Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  1. Nicholle Aston

Nicholle Aston’s career-high 22 points led the women’s basketball team to a 75-63 comeback victory over Youngstown State Friday. The sophomore forward shot an outstanding 11-of-13 from the field, while chipping in six rebounds.

After falling behind by four at halftime, Aston started a Big Red 11-4 run to open up the second half. She converted on two straight buckets, as the team would eventually take the lead and push ahead by as many as 16 points.

Overall, the Big Red improved to 8-5 on the season, while the Penguins dropped to 11-2.

The victory ensures a third consecutive season with a winning non-conference record for Cornell with just one non-league game remaining on the schedule. This accomplishment has never been achieved in program history.

This final non-conference game will be played at 7 p.m. on Wednesday when the team plays host to Howard University at Newman Arena.

  1. Jillian Saulnier

Senior captain Jillian Saulnier recorded two goals and an assist to help lift the women’s hockey team to a 3-0 win against McGill in an exhibition game at Lynah Rink on Friday night.

Saulnier netted the first goal of the game only 3 minutes and 4 seconds into the contest. She came down on a rush with freshman defenseman Sarah Knee, as the two attempted a give-and-go, but Knee’s pass got broken up before it could reach Saulnier. Fellow senior co-captain Brianne Jenner made a great hustle play to reach the puck between two Martlet defenders and fed Saulnier in the slot, who only had the goalie to beat, finishing a wonderful deke with a five-hole finish to put the home team up 1-0.

Saulnier scored her second goal near the end of the second period, which was then followed by a Jenner score to give Cornell the 3-0 lead. Saulnier powered home a one-timer on the power play near the top of the right circle, which was set up by classmate Emily Fulton. Saulnier’s shot ripped right past the left shoulder of McGill goaltender Brittany Smrke into the back of the net.

The Big Red resume ECAC play with a home game at 7 p.m. on Friday against St. Lawrence and another at Lynah Rink at 4 p.m. with Clarkson.

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