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Svingala verbally commits to Cornell

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Nicole Freeman/For Columbia-Greene MediaMaple Hill's Trent Svingala wins his first New York state championship last year.
October 27, 2017 - 10:00 pm

Maple Hill wrestler Trent Svingala verbally committed to attend Cornell University on Friday night.

The junior grappler had interest from a number of Division 1 universities, many of which are Ivy League institutions, but ultimately landed with the Big Red.

The Cornell team has been home to some of the best wrestlers in the country, including four-time National Champion Kyle Dake and two-time National champ Gabe Dean, who visited Maple Hill High School for a clinic last week.

Dake was the first-ever wrestler to win four National Titles in four different weight classes, from 141 pounds up to 165.

Four Big Red athletes have competed in the Olympics on the mats.

Cornell has put together a solid roster from top to bottom, landing a number of Blue Chip recruits prior to this season including fellow New Yorkers Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton HS) — a two-time Cadet World Championships winner and four-time NYS champ who went 256-3 in high school — and Vito Arujau, who went 216-1 with four NYS championships while competing for Syosset HS.

Arujau is red-shirting this season.

Svingala put together a sophomore season that was equally as impressive, going 42-0 en route to claiming his first NYS title. He currently has 162 victories at the high school level.

Svingala is gearing up for his junior season with the Wildcats and will join a Cornell team when Diakomihalis and Arujau are entering their junior years, making the Big Red a squad that will be tough to take down.