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Three Stars of the Week: February 4 – 10

  1. Wrestling

The Big Red captured its 13th straight Ivy League title by defeating Columbia 38-0 on Saturday, which was really a perfect metaphor for the team’s conference dominance since the early 2000s. Cornell has now won 68 consecutive matches against Ivy League opponents, a streak that extends more than 13 seasons.

The team experienced a busy day, as the Big Red first claimed a 41-7 victory against Hofstra before moving on to rout the Lions. With the initial win, Cornell earned its 42nd straight over EIWA opponents, 61st against unranked teams, and 27th consecutive victory in matches with New York State foes.

In total, the Big Red recorded five falls and had 11 bonus point wins in 18 matches. Sophomore Gabe Dean, currently ranked first in the nation at 184 pounds, posted both a fall and technical fall in his two matches. Dean, junior Nahshon Garrett, sophomore Brian Realbuto, and senior Jace Bennett all took two victories on the day by way of bonus point decisions.

Cornell secured the outright Ivy League title before half of the eight conference squads have even participated in their second conference dual meet. In defeating Columbia, the Big Red improved its win streak against the Lions to 29.

The team will return to action on Sunday, as Cornell takes on Drexel at 2 p.m. in Newman Arena for the first round of the NWCA National Duals.

  1. Galal Cancer

Senior guard Galal Cancer led the Big Red’s 22-0 run to come back from a 12-point deficit in the team’s 68-60 victory over Princeton.

Cancer, one of four players in double figures, led all Cornell scorers with 17 points, while also chipping in four rebounds and two steals. He scored nearly half of the Big Red’s points in the final nine minutes and picked up two crucial steals to propel the squad’s impressive stretch.

To begin the late second half run, Cancer drove the lane and converted on a tough layup. The senior then contributed two free throws and two consecutive steals before another pair of perfect trips to the charity stripe. Cancer scored 10 of the team’s 22 points with under nine minutes remaining in the contest.

Cancer connected on 7-of-8 free throws for the night, as Cornell went 31-of-36 as a team, which included 10-of-12 for the last 90 seconds of the game.

The Big Red will hit the road to face Dartmouth at 7 p.m. on Friday, which is followed by a 6 p.m. matchup against Harvard on Saturday.

  1. Hannah Bunton

Sophomore Hannah Bunton sent home a backhand shot with just 40.7 seconds left in overtime to secure a huge 4-3 victory for the women’s hockey team against No. 5 Quinnipiac on Friday night.

Bunton’s heroic goal capped off an outstanding performance for her first game back from five consecutive lineup scratches. She finished with two points on the night, as Bunton picked up an assist on a Jess Brown score to start the game.

Junior Jess Brown began the play in overtime by winning a crucial battle in the corner of the Quinnipiac zone. She made a pass to classmate Taylor Woods on the blue line, who walked the puck halfway across the line before firing a shot at Bobcat goaltender Chelsea Laden. She made the initial save, but Bunton was in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the rebound and give Cornell the dramatic victory.

The Big Red will play host to Harvard at 7 p.m. on Friday and Dartmouth at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Lynah Rink as part of the team’s senior weekend.


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