Cross Cannone wins 44th consecutive match
The No. 2 Wartburg College wrestling team had four champions at the Buena Vista Open Saturday: Brady Kyner (125 pounds), Cross Cannone (157 pounds), Mike Ross (165 pounds) and Kyle Briggs (174 pounds).
No. 1 ranked Cannone increased his winning streak to 44, which dates back to the NCAA Championship match in 2017. He has now won all but one of his matches this season by bonus points.
Cannone had an 18-0 first-round win over Morningside’s Brody Kacmarynski and he won by the same technical fall score in the second round against Minnesota State’s Daniel Close 18-0.
In the quarterfinals, Cannone defeated Southwest Minnesota’s Cortez Arredondo, 17-1, before topping Iowa Central’s Ethan Karsten, 10-2, in the semifinals.
In the finals, unattached Tyson Dowler could not continue because of an injury at 0.53.
Cannone needs four more techs to be Wartburg’s all time tech leader and needs two more wins for 100 collegiate victories.
Kyner won by fall at 1:12 against Carter Cox of Ellsworth.
No. 3 Ross won by 4-1 decision against Kenny O'Neil, who was unattached from South Dakota State (NCAA DI).
Ross moved his winning streak to 10.
No. 6 Briggs won by tech fall (20-2) against Zach Johnston of Minnesota State Mankato (DII).
Briggs has now won his last four-straight matches and all by bonus points.
The Knights return to the mat Friday when they host Cornell at 7 p.m.