Skip to comments.Dake vs. Taylor slated for championship finale (NCAA Wrestling Championships)
Posted on 03/23/2013 3:55:47 PM PDT by FlJoePa
Cornells Dake puts 76-match win streak on the line Saturday
Roger Moore, NCAA.com
DES MOINES, Iowa It is the unstoppable force against the immovable object.
A Ferrari versus a Mack truck. A thoroughbred and a Clydesdale.
David Taylor and Kyle Dake.
Since word spread Dake, a three-time NCAA champion for Cornell, was moving up to a fourth weight class for the fourth year, the chatter from California to New York has been about 165 pounds.
Dake, an Ithaca, N.Y., native, has won 76 consecutive matches and is trying to add his name to yet another column of the NCAA record books. No other wrestler has won three championships at three weights; Dake will try to win four at four. Only two, Pat Smith and Cael Sanderson, have won four NCAA titles at the Division I level. If the Cornell senior beats Taylor on Saturday night (8 p.m. ET on ESPN), Dake, already a member of wrestlings Mount Rushmore, will put his name at the top of the list.
Dake is that immovable object, the Mack, the Clydesdale.
[Taylor] is a goer, that is his MO, said Dake, who beat Taylor in freestyle last summer at the Olympic Trials, at the NWCA All-Star Classic, and in the finals of the Southern Scuffle. My defense, counter offense is really good and, you know, if he makes a mistake Im going to pounce on it.
[Taylor] is going out and hes basically imposing his will and everyone is scared to wrestle him.
Most would agree, the All-Star exhibition match was a yawner. The Scuffle finals created a buzz that has continued for two months. A little controversy, a tough call, and an instant classic.
Friday nights semifinals was classic Dake.
Facing Oklahoma States Tyler Caldwell, Dake went 0-0 through three minutes of tough hand fighting. Dake started the second period in the bottom position and escaped for a 1-0 lead. More hand fighting and it was 1-0 after five minutes.
Caldwell, a finalist in 2011, made the unwise decision to go bottom in the third. Getting to a minute on the riding time clock for Dake is like death and taxes. Two minutes later, Dake had a two-minute ride and a 2-0 victory.
Fridays semifinals were also classic Taylor.
The unstoppable force, the Ferrari, the thoroughbred, pinned Virginia Techs Peter Yates in 3:25. It was Taylors fourth pin of the tournament and first time he wrestled past the first period.
One of the most amazing statistics in sports right now shows Taylors 100 career victories include 37 pins, 34 technical falls, and 22 major decisions. The math shows 93 bonus-point wins.
I just need to go out and wrestle my match more than I have, Taylor said. I believe I can win a 3-2 match. I know I am better than [Dake] in the top and bottom position and on our feet. The more I open him up the more I can exploit his weaknesses.
Opening up Dake is like cracking open a thousand-year-old clam, like trying to dig out a buried tick. It has not been done in 76 matches.
Taylor, a native of St. Paris, Ohio, has had the aid of Sanderson in trying to solve Dake. The Penn State coach is anticipating the match as much as anybody. He is not unlike the 1972 Miami Dolphins crew always keeping an eye on those potential unbeaten NFL teams.
Sanderson did not lose a match in four seasons of collegiate wrestling. He did, however, lose a match during a redshirt season. There are no redshirt seasons at Cornell.
And the spotlight will be on. The NCAA Championships traditionally starts at 125 pounds and ends with the heavyweights. On Saturday night, the 174-pounders will open the show.
Dake and Taylor will finish it.
“Sanderson did not lose a match in four seasons of collegiate wrestling. “
I was there for just about everyone of the home meets. Have some good Cael stories.
I’m getting ready to switch over from basketball to watch this on ESPN with the hope the two OSU wrestlers perform to their seeding and win their match to put OSU in position to win the championship. Performances by OSU wrestlers in the consolations have been key in keeping this in reach for #35.
If everything falls according to seed (w/ no bonus points), PSU will be down 1 point going into Taylor/Dake match.
How about that Taylor stat: 100 wins, 93 with bonus points. Amazing. I hope Dake actually wrestles tonight.
Good luck to the Cowboys!
ESPN showed Dake’s tweet about tonight where he called it “epic” — good word but I’m not sure there’s a word that really covers it.
Your guy wrestled tough at 174, both were afraid to make a mistake so they wrestled tight. Perry was lucky not to catch another stall to lose the match.
Ruth got the major. We just need another win...and we have to face Kilgore, Delgado, and Dake. That’s all.
This is nerve wracking to say the least.
Way to go Q!!! Awesome. Congrats to the Cowboys for the fight they put up.
Congrats on the 197 win and the NCAA championship again!
Now I can relax a bit and wait for Taylor to pin Dake ;)
No cable here. Your thread is my only source right now. Thanks!
I’ll let you know when Taylor/Dake starts and give you updates. 2 more matches to get through first.
Thanks! I appreciate it!
I think it’s Taylor’s time but Dake is indeed like death and taxes. Of course if you looked at my NCAA bracket you’d know not to bet the house on my picks.
Dake up 3-2 after 1st period
Dake up 3-2 after 1st period
Dake up 4-2 after 2nd period
Thanks for posting this
Dake wins 5-4 on riding time (1:13). Dake got hit with a point for stalling which made it 4-4.
Thanks for the updates. Stalling...yuck. Was hoping this would be Taylor’s night. Congrats to the Nittany Lions for championship, Wright and Ruth wins, and everyone who got us there. Now I get to hear the bragging from the People’s Republic of Ithaca tomorrow.
Thanks for the post. I never really watched college wrestling before. Amazing! Thanks again for giving the heads up so I could see history being made
That’s how I looked when I heard Cael was leaving Iowa State.