Mat Side with Rob Koll: The National Duals

For those who have been in a coma for the past three days, I am excited to tell you that the Big Red won the national dual meet championship this past weekend. Cornell became the first team outside of the Big Ten or Big Twelve to ever win this title.

Cornell Team Photo at National Duals

For those who have been in a coma for the past three days, I am excited to tell you that the Big Red won the national dual meet championship this past weekend. Cornell became the first team outside of the Big Ten or Big Twelve to ever win this title.

We traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa without the services of Mike Grey or Cameron Simaz. With this in mind, I was not optimistic about our chances of bringing home the title. Despite our team’s handicap, our guys wrestled heroically and I could not be more proud of how they performed. Every wrestler did his part in earning the championship; whether that meant earning bonus points or avoiding the fall. To read a more in-depth review of the competition, go to
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THE ROAD TO THE NATIONAL DUALS TITLE
Round 1 #1 Cornell 27 Ohio State 6
Quarterfinals #1 Cornell 18 Missouri 15
Semifinals #1 Cornell 20 Minnesota 16
Finals # Cornell 25 Virginia Tech 10

This was an incredible accomplishment for our team and I was disappointed that the local newspaper, The Ithaca Journal, all but ignored the achievement. We received a brief mention on Page 5, essentially deeming our performance barely worthy of note.

In the past, I have spoken to the Sports Editor directly, asking him to be more supportive. I have gone so far as to volunteer to write the pre and postmatch stories myself because he claims to be shorthanded, but unfortunately nothing has worked. I don’t believe our local audience should have to go to ESPN.com or the New York Times to read about Cornell wrestling!

For this reason, I am asking all of you to help put pressure on the Journal. The Sports Editor’s name is Brian Delaney and his email address is: bdelaney@gannett.com.

Please let him know that there are people out there that care about sports other than hockey and basketball. If you advertise in the Journal, let them know that you are not pleased.

Why do I care so much? Is my ego really that big?

Well yes it is, but that is not why I am so rankled by this issue. Every athlete who wrestles for Cornell is expected to promote the sport within the local community. Our wrestlers are involved in countless promotional activities and community service projects in order to help make our community a better place to live, to help build a positive image for our team and to help increase our fan base. I can say without reservation that no other Cornell team works half as hard as our wrestlers do in promoting our sport. Our efforts would be much more effective if we had the support of the Ithaca Journal. Our athletes deserve more and I hope all of you will help.

Pin Pool Progress

We are up to 85 pledges worth $1,560 per fall. Since we registered two falls at the National Duals and one at the Central Michigan match we are up to $4,680! This a great start but we still need 15 more lucky participants to get us up to our goal of 100 pledges. Don’t worry; the phone-a-thon is on Thursday so I will track you down!

All the best, Rob

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