BY GARY ABBOTT USA WRESTLING | NOV. 22, 2014
THACA, N.Y. – The first three Global Wrestling Championships belt winners were crowned on its inaugural event, in front of a capacity crowd at the Friedman Wrestling Center on the campus of Cornell University.
In the main event, in an agreed-upon three round freestyle bout, Kyle Dake won the welterweight championship belt with a victory over Andrew Howe, one round to none, with a cumulative 2-0 score.
Dake scored a takedown with nine seconds left to win the first round, 2-0. In the second and third rounds, neither athlete could score. Based upon the three-round agreement between the athletes, Dake was awarded the championship belt.
Dake won his first match since February 2013, when he injured a foot and could not complete the 2014 international season.
“It’s been a long time. I am glad I could do it in front of the Cornell fans. This is my hometown and I love the Cornell fans,” said Dake.
Dake praised Howe for his ability and toughness after the match.
“He is a great competitor, a tough opponent. I couldn’t get the takedowns I wanted, but I was able to win it at the end,” said Dake.
Howe asked the organizers to continue the match after three rounds, because neither wrestler had won two rounds. GWC rules have a provision for overtime, if one wrestler wins the most rounds but the other wrestler had the most total points. His request was not granted.
“I’d like to keep wrestling,” said Howe on center mat when the bout was finished. “I’m going to keep coming.”
Dake and Howe battled in an amazing match at the 2013 World Team Trials, which went into sudden death overtime. Dake won the match 4-2, in a bout that went 11:40, including 5:44 of sudden death.
Dake was a four-time NCAA champion for Cornell, the first to win four titles in four different weight classes. Howe was an NCAA champion for Wisconsin, and finished his career at Oklahoma as a four-time All-American. He was second in the 2012 Olympic Trials.
A total of $30,000 was awarded, with the three championship winners earning $7,500 each, and the three wrestlers who lost in the matches awarded $2,500 each.