Mat Side with Rob Koll – Weekend Review 10-09

This weekend we finished up the dual meet portion of our season by defeating Brown and Harvard. The victory over Harvard secured our eighth consecutive Ivy League title. The program’s Ivy League winning streak now stands at forty-three straight dual meet victories over Ancient Eight opponents and this year we outscored the rest of the league by a combined score of 204-19.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

This weekend we finished up the dual meet portion of our season by defeating Brown and Harvard. The victory over Harvard secured our eighth consecutive Ivy League title. The program’s Ivy League winning streak now stands at forty-three straight dual meet victories over Ancient Eight opponents and this year we outscored the rest of the league by a combined score of 204-19.

Box Scores

Cornell 44, Harvard 6

125: No. 2 Troy Nickerson (Cornell) Win By Fall, Steven Keith (Harvard), 1:20
133: No. 10 Mike Grey (Cornell) Win By Fall Chad Eason (Harvard), 1:45
141: Cody Kelly (Cornell) Win By Forfeit
149: Corey Manson (Cornell) Mej. Dec. Paul Liguori (Harvard), 10-2
157: No. 1 J.P. O’Connor (Harvard) Dec. Derek Schreiner (Cornell), 7-2
165: No. 16 Justin Kerber (Cornell) Win By Fall Michael Sadler (Harvard), 3:40
174: No. 1 Mack Lewnes (Cornell) Win By Fall David Lalo (Harvard), 2:59
184: No. 6 Louis Caputo (Harvard) dec. No. 16 Steve Bosak (Cornell), 5-0
197: No. 5 Cam Simaz (Cornell) Win By Fall, Sean Murphy (Harvard), 0:36
HWT: Josh Arnone (Cornell) Maj. Dec. Spencer DeSana (Harvard), 12-3

Detailed Harvard Results

Cornell 46, Brown 4

125: No.2 Troy Nickerson (Cornell) Win By Fall, Greg Einfrank, 4:04 (Cornell 6, Brown 0)
133: No.10 Mike Grey (Cornell) Win By Fall, T.J. Popolizio, 1:56 (Cornell 12, Brown 0)
141: Cody Kelly (Cornell) Win by Forfeit (Cornell 18, Brown 0)
149: Corey Manson (Cornell) dec. Phil Marano, 6-2 (Cornell 21, Brown 0)
157: Derek Schreiner (Cornell) dec. Brian Tracy, 6-3 (Cornell 24, Brown 0)
165: Jeff Lemmer (Brown) Maj. Dec. Cody Hutcheson, 20-4 (Cornell 24, Brown 4)
174: No.1 Mack Lewnes (Cornell) Win By Fall, Jack Roberts, 6:30 (Cornell 30, Brown 4)
184: Nate Holley (Cornell) Win By Forfeit (Cornell 36, Brown 4)
197: No.5 Cam Simaz (Cornell) Maj. Dec. Branden Stearns, 20-6 (Cornell 40, Brown 4)
HWT: Josh Arnone (Cornell) Win By Fall, Larry Otsuka, 5:50 (Cornell 46, Brown 4)

Detailed Brown Results

Pin Pool final results:

The team finished with a flurry racking up fourteen falls in the final three duals. For the year we finished with twenty-one falls, 33% more than last season. At $1,813 per fall this equates to $38,073! Many of you have asked me when I am going to send out the “bills”. I hope to get these out on Monday.

I am thrilled with the results of the Pin Pool. Not only did we raise funds for the program but we also found a fun way to further motivate our wrestlers to go for the fall. I believe the increase in falls is directly related to the contest and I also believe this “pinning attitude” will continue into the EIWA and NCAA tournament. Special thanks in advance to, Jeff New, Joe Tucceri, Bruce Munster, Bob McDonald, and Carter Mario for volunteering to continue the contest into the tournament season!

The Homestretch:

This is the focal point of the year from the first day of practice. Tomorrow, when the team arrives for practice, the countdown clock will remind all that there are only 23 days, 16 hours, 45 minutes until the NCAA tournament. I am confident the team is exactly where it needs to be, in terms of physical and mental conditioning. We will continue to train with high intensity but practices will be short; usually no more than an hour. We can get away with this type of training because of the type of team we have. All of our starters and most of our back-ups live in the wrestling room. We don’t have to ask or tell them to get extra workouts because they truly enjoy training. Probably the greatest advantage of the Friedman Wrestling Center, other than recruiting, is the fact that it is a fun place to be. I compare it to a high end fitness club, without the smoothie bar. It is clean, well lit, there is always someone there and you will be able to hear Lady GaGa and Britney Spears pumping out of the sound system with dance club loudness. It’s not that I dislike these two “artists” but my office is not very well sound proofed and when our guys come in to work out they just play whatever CD is already in the CD player. This means the coaching staff has the pleasure of hearing the same CD ten times a day or fifty times each week. Since music is not any good unless played at 100 decibels or louder, I have been systemically brain washed/damaged into memorizing the lyrics of many of today’s most popular songs. But I digress; allow me to get back to the matter at hand.

Now that the most important part of our season is upon us I would love to eliminate all risk of injury, however we need to maintain our “peak”. Realistically we could probably back off more than we do because it takes a couple weeks of reduced activity to actually lose a discernible level of physiological conditioning. However we need to keep our wrestlers “close to the pain” so that we continue to increase our mental conditioning. Just because a wrestler has excellent cardiovascular conditioning does not mean that they are used to the extreme discomfort that accompanies complete exhaustion caused by the stress of wrestling. I believe the ability to respond to this “pain of fatigue”; can only be mastered through familiarity with pain. Over the next couple weeks we will make sure that this “pain” is not something that is ever too far from our wrestlers’ memory. We can’t afford any significant injuries at this point in the season so we will try to get the wrestlers to experience this sensation by using treadmills, bikes and other torture devices.

Sorry if I rambled on too long. Hopefully I adequately explained how we will be training the team over the next two weeks without coming across as overly philosophical. I also realized I might have over used the word “pain” in the above paragraph. You will notice that in the last sentence I used the word “sensation”. That is so if any of my wrestlers happen to read this update they won’t dread their upcoming practices!

All the best,

Rob Koll
“Dunlop” Coach of Wrestling
Cornell University

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