Mat Side With Rob Koll – Doubleheader Weekend

It was a great weekend for the Big Red. We had a doubleheader on Saturday, starting with a 1 p.m. match at Hofstra, and then culminating in a 6 p.m. Ivy League faceoff at Columbia. Over the course of the day, our guys only gave up eight offensive points. Continue reading “Mat Side With Rob Koll – Doubleheader Weekend”

Matside with Rob Koll – Opening Weekend Recap

The Big Red officially opened the season with a Friday night match against #6 Central Michigan and followed it up with the Arno Niemand Body Bar Invitational.

The Big Red officially opened the season with a Friday night match against #6 Central Michigan and followed it up with the Arno Niemand Body Bar Invitational. Continue reading “Matside with Rob Koll – Opening Weekend Recap”

Friday Night Showdown: #1 Cornell vs. #6 Central Michigan Preview

CornellCentral Michigan

What: #1 Cornell vs. #6 Central Michigan

When: Friday November 19th, 2010

Time: 6:30 pm EST

Where: Friedman Wrestling Center (Ithaca, NY)

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Mat Side with Rob Koll: The Binghamton Open Report

After waiting 238 days the wrestling season is finally upon us! Today we wrestled at the Bearcat Open in Binghamton.

Rob Koll 2010 EIWA

After waiting 238 days the wrestling season is finally upon us! Today we wrestled at the Bearcat Open in Binghamton. Continue reading “Mat Side with Rob Koll: The Binghamton Open Report”

Cornell’s Big Red: A green light for an NCAA team title?

“This year I think we’re going to win the national title.”


Rob Koll 2010 EIWA

“This year I think we’re going to win the national title.” Continue reading “Cornell’s Big Red: A green light for an NCAA team title?”

Four Sure….Big Red Get Verbal from Fourth Top-100 Recruit, Mizzou State Champ Bricker Dixon

Cornell Big Red

A quote from one of my favorite movies of all-time, “Prefontaine,” stated that the protagonist’s drug was winning at everything. Apparently, this is a personal philosophy that Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll, also subscribes to. The owner/operator of the preseason #1 team in the nation, Koll continued his pursuit of the top-ranked recruiting class in 2011 today by getting a verbal commitment from 3x Missouri State finalist/2010 State Champion, Bricker Dixon, the #41 recruit in the current senior class. The Park Hill High School stud is the highest regarded of the quartet, joined by #65 Joe Rendina (Dundee, MI), #97 Caleb Richardson (Blair Academy), and #93 Duke Pickett (Woodberry Forest, VA)….The Big Red have also landed  twin 2010 NYS DII State Champions in Craig and Owen Scott (Palmyra-Macedon). Continue reading “Four Sure….Big Red Get Verbal from Fourth Top-100 Recruit, Mizzou State Champ Bricker Dixon”

Pickett Makes His Pick: #93 Recruit Makes It Another Banner Day for Big Red

Duke Pickett

I like Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll; I really do. However, if he continues to make these recruiting press releases a daily ritual, than I am afraid I am going to have to end our friendship….While it goes without saying that the previous statement was obviously meant in good fun, the one thing that is not a joke is the amazing job that Koll and staff have been doing thus far in landing elite talent from the class of 2011. As the calendar switches to October and next month’s early signing period will be here before we know it, there has been no rest for the weary in Ithaca as seemingly every day a new blue-chip recruit is informing us that they have selected the Big Red as their college choice. Less than 24 hours after putting the finishing touches on the press release announcing that #65 recruit, Joe Rendina, has decided on the returning NCAA runners-up, I find myself experiencing a touch of deja vu as again I am back on my laptop to formally break the news that for the second straight evening, an InterMat top-100 recruit, #93 Duke Pickett of Woodberry Forest High School has given a verbal commitment to the Ivy League institution of higher learning. Pickett, a 2010 Virginia State Champion, becomes the third top-100 honoree and fifth overall student-athlete to pick (no pun intended) Cornell.  He joins Rendina, along with #79 Caleb Richardson and twin NYS DII champs Craig and Owen Scott. Continue reading “Pickett Makes His Pick: #93 Recruit Makes It Another Banner Day for Big Red”

Redman Wants You, Gets Rendina: Michigan Standout Becomes Latest to Commit to Koll…

Redman

Just 10 days after getting verbal commitments from a pair of NYS DII Champions in the persons of the Scott twins, Cornell Head Coach, Rob Koll had cause to celebrate again when 2010 Michigan State Champion, Joe Rendina, the #65 ranked recruit in the land according to InterMat, announced live on Wrestlingaddix.com that the Big Red had won the sweepstakes for his services.  The EIWA conference powerhouse beat out the hometown favorite Spartans of Michigan State (who in their own right have had an impressive start to the class of 2011 recruiting season), as well as the University of North Carolina, who represented the only other institutions to make the final cut on Rendina’s short list of schools. Continue reading “Redman Wants You, Gets Rendina: Michigan Standout Becomes Latest to Commit to Koll…”

Twin Killing: DII State Champions, Scott Brothers, are Cornell Bound

Cornell Big Red

The Banachs, the Brands, the Altons, and now the Scotts. For as long as I can remember, the sport of amateur wrestling has been no stranger to its fair share of historic tales involving twin brothers who have gone on to lead their respective schools to national prominence. For Cornell University Head wrestling Coach, Rob Koll, the hope is that there is magic in another set of siblings as late last night, Craig and Owen Scott broke the news on their facebook accounts that they have elected to verbally commit to the reigning EIWA team Champions/NCAA National runners-up. The brothers, who enter their senior campaign as both returning individual and NYS DII team champions, become the second and third blue-chip members of the class of 2011 to announce their intentions to continue their academic and athletic careers at the Ithaca, New York based campus. They are joined by Caleb Richardson of Blair Academy who several weeks ago become the first student-athlete to commit to Koll and his staff. Continue reading “Twin Killing: DII State Champions, Scott Brothers, are Cornell Bound”

Matt Side With Rob Koll: 2010/11 Season Preview

My wife loves the summer, my kids love the summer. I love when the summer ends. The end of summer symbolizes one thing: wrestling season is almost here.

My wife loves the summer, my kids love the summer. I love when the summer ends. The end of summer symbolizes one thing: wrestling season is almost here. Continue reading “Matt Side With Rob Koll: 2010/11 Season Preview”

The Neverending Story: Cornell Continues to Dominate Recruiting War by Securing Verbal from 2011 #80 Caleb Richardson

Cornell Big Red

If you are an avid reader of Lighthouse, it is likely that you recall that every other week it seemed that I was writing a press release announcing that another blue-chip recruit had committed to wrestle for coach Rob Koll and staff at Cornell University. In fact, so deep was the 2010 recruiting class that Earl Smith from D1collegewrestling.net ranked it as the #4 class in the nation…Following the finalization of such a talent class, one might make the assumption that 2011 would be a down year on the recruiting front. Nothing could be further from the truth as Cornell began its quest to turn in their third consecutive top-10 with last night’s breaking news that the #80 ranked recruit in the InterMat-100, Caleb Richardson, has given a verbal commitment to the reigning NCAA National runner-up, Big Red. Continue reading “The Neverending Story: Cornell Continues to Dominate Recruiting War by Securing Verbal from 2011 #80 Caleb Richardson”

Meet Cornell’s Class of 2014

The Big Red wrestling team will add ten members to its roster as the class of 2014. The class has been recognized as one of the best in the country (third by WIN magazine, fourth by TheOpenMat.com and D1CollegeWrestling.com and eighth by Intermat). The group represents eight different weight classes and six states.

Cornell Big Red

The Big Red wrestling team will add ten members to its roster as the class of 2014. The class has been recognized as one of the best in the country (third by WIN magazine, fourth by TheOpenMat.com and D1CollegeWrestling.com and eighth by Intermat). The group represents eight different weight classes and six states. Continue reading “Meet Cornell’s Class of 2014”

Mat Side With Rob Koll – 2010 EIWA Recap

Rob Koll recaps the Big Red’s performance at the 2010 EIWA Championships.

Rob Koll and Troy Nickerson at EIWASix days until the NCAA’s and I am pleased to say the Big Red grapplers are ready to roll. Special thanks to all the Cornell red clad fans who showed up in Bethlehem to support the team. Although I look at this tournament as nothing more than an NCAA qualifier I have to admit I enjoy winning it if for no other reason so that Lehigh doesn’t. Continue reading “Mat Side With Rob Koll – 2010 EIWA Recap”

Big Red Storm Through EIWA on Day One

Cornell powers through the first day of the EIWA championship as 8 of 10 Big Red wrestlers stormed through the quartfinal round.


EIWA LogoCornell powers through the first day of the EIWA championship as 8 of 10 Big Red wrestlers stormed through the quarterfinal round. Continue reading “Big Red Storm Through EIWA on Day One”

Eight Cornell Wrestlers Earn Ivy First Team Honors

Cornell earned All-Ivy accolades at a total of nine different weight classes. Eight earn first team honors for the 2009-2010 season. Lewnes and O’Connor named Co-Wrestlers of the year; Dake named rookie of the year.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

ITHACA, N.Y. — For the second consecutive season, Cornell wrestler Mack Lewnes earned Ivy League Wrestler of the Year and joined seven classmates as unanimous selections to the All-Ivy first team, including Rookie of the Year Kyle Dake, when the conference announced the award winners on Thursday afternoon. Cornell earned All-Ivy accolades at a total of nine different weight classes.

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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.

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Mat Side with Rob Koll – Weekend Review 10-08

Rob Koll recaps the Big Red’s weekend performance against Penn and Princeton.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

It was a great weekend for the guys. Everyone wrestled well and I am very happy with where we are at this point in the season. Obviously the competition is not as tough as it has been in the past but I still get nervous whenever we wrestle Penn at Penn. We used to have some very tough battles in the Palestra so it is nice to dominate the Quakers on their home turf. Continue reading “Mat Side with Rob Koll – Weekend Review 10-08”

Mat Side with Rob Koll – Weekend Observations 10-07

Now that we have wrestled through the most rigorous portion of the season it is nice to have a few “lighter” matches leading up the EIWA tournament. Out of twenty matches wrestled, we had only one wrestler lose a match.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

Now that we have wrestled through the most rigorous portion of the season it is nice to have a few “lighter” matches leading up the EIWA tournament. Out of twenty matches wrestled, we had only one wrestler lose a match. Unfortunately that same wrestler, John Basting, not only lost a match but suffered an injury in his final bout. I am not sure when he will return to the mats.

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#7 Cornell vs. Hofstra Preview (Updated w/Results)

Cornell

What: #7 Cornell University vs. Hofstra

When: Saturday February 6th, 2010

Time: 5pm EST

Where: Ithaca, NY

Coverage: Live Video (Courtesy of Cornell Redcast)

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#2 Iowa State vs. #7 Cornell Preview

Cornell

What: #2 Iowa State vs. #7 Cornell University

When: Sunday January 31st, 2010

Time: 1pm EST

Where: Newman Arena

Coverage: Live Text (Courtesy of Light House Wrestling)/Live Video (Courtesy of Cornell Redcast)

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Mat Side with Rob Koll – Weekend Observations 10-05

Cornell had a full weekend of wrestling with Lehigh on Friday evening and the New York Intercollegiate Championships all day Saturday and Sunday. We tied #8 Lehigh 15-15 and won the NY States, crowning five champions.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

We had a full weekend of wrestling with Lehigh on Friday evening and the New York Intercollegiate Championships all day Saturday and Sunday. We tied #8 Lehigh 15-15 and won the NY States, crowning five champions.

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Mat Side with Rob Koll – Mid Terms

Cornell head coach gives his mid term report on the Big Red Wrestling team with an in depth analysis of each weight class.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

The season is over half way complete and there are only 62 days remaining until the NCAA tournament. Since my last update, we have competed and won the Southern Scuffle and placed sixth at the National Dual meet championships. Continue reading “Mat Side with Rob Koll – Mid Terms”

Big Red Repeat As Scuffle Champions: Dake, Lewnes, and Simaz Win Individual Crowns

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

They practice scrambling at Cornell; this is a certainty. If the finals of the 2009 Southern Scuffle on the campus of UNC-Greensboro taught us nothing else, it is that Big Red wrestlers have made an art out of countering their opponents’ offensive attacks and utilizing their scrambling ability to remain in control of matches at all times…If you need convincing, I suggest that tomorrow when the video hits the intermit, you check out the masterful job that true freshman, Kyle Dake, did in his 141-pound title bout against Minnesota’s Mike Thorn. A battle of two top-10 ranked wrestlers in the nation, Dake not only maneuvered his way out of a spladle-like predicament early in the first period, he also continually got the best of the not stop hit/react action that best described the final period of the title match…Trailing 4-2 to start the third period, the former 3x NHSCA National Champion, quickly scored the reversal to even the match. However, realizing that a Thorn escape could very well be all she wrote, the true freshman from Lansing, NY did whatever it took to avoid surrendering that make or break point…Dake’s efforts paid off as he successfully rode out remainder of the period, thus locking up the riding time point to claim the title by a score of 5-4. This victory was doubly special for the CU wrestler in that in addition to individual glory, the win served as the nail in second place, Minnesota’s coffin as the Big Red repeated as the team champions at the annual holiday tournament. Continue reading “Big Red Repeat As Scuffle Champions: Dake, Lewnes, and Simaz Win Individual Crowns”

By George, I Think They Got Him: NHSCA Junior National Champ Verbals to Big Red

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

It was several months ago that a Cornell University insider informed me that they felt extremely confident that they would land the services of 2009 NHSCA Junior National Champion, Billy George…Yesterday, speculation became fact when the Long Branch High School senior verbally committed to wrestle for the Big Red and Head Coach, Rob Koll….The announcement that George would be Ithaca, NY bound further added to the already deep 2010 recruiting class that InterMat recently ranked as #5 following the conclusion of last month’s early signing period. Continue reading “By George, I Think They Got Him: NHSCA Junior National Champ Verbals to Big Red”

Mat Side with Rob Koll – Las Vegas Invitational

Sorry it took me an extra day to get this update out. We took the redeye back and I expected to write it on the plane flight back.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

Sorry it took me an extra day to get this update out. We took the redeye back and I expected to write it on the plane flight back. Unfortunately Delta Airlines chose to play an evil joke upon me by wedging me between Damion Hahn and Taylor Moore. I attempted to reach my computer, which was under my seat, but my arms were tightly pinned to my side by Damion and Taylor’s massive girth. Taylor prides himself on his weight gain now that he has moved up to 285. Damion on the other hand still claims to be hovering around 200 lbs. This claim is accuratel; however, it is based on what he would weigh on the planet Mars. Despite terrible travel, 28 hours of travel time to get there and a redeye back, the team wrestled very well finishing a point shy of first place.

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Mat Side with Rob Koll – Maryland Dual Meet Analysis

I was going to put this off until after the Body Bar but l figured I might as well get it over with. We lost a heartbreaker tonight. There were some absolutely amazing performances and an equal number of less than stellar performances. I will start with the positives.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

I was going to put this off until after the Body Bar but l figured I might as well get it over with. We lost a heartbreaker tonight. There were some absolutely amazing performances and an equal number of less than stellar performances. I will start with the positives.

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