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”

EIWA weekly review: Penn goes undefeated in Ivy League weekend

Ivy League competition dominated this weekend’s slate of EIWA matchups as all of the Ivy Leaguer’s in the conference stepped into the circle. No team put itself in better position to challenge Cornell for the Ivy League title than Penn, who went 3-0 on the weekend.

Ivy League competition dominated this weekend’s slate of EIWA matchups as all of the Ivy Leaguer’s in the conference stepped into the circle. No team put itself in better position to challenge Cornell for the Ivy League title than Penn, who went 3-0 on the weekend.

The Quakers kicked off the weekend by hosting Brown and Harvard in Philadelphia. Penn quickly disposed of Brown, 35-0, before dominating Harvard by a 35-7 tally. Both duals started of the same with Mark Rappo getting things going at 125 pounds. Against Brown’s Billy Waterson, Rappo finished things off in the second period with a 21-6 technical fall at 4:48 to put Penn up 5-0. Rappo really helped his EIWA Tournament seeding later in the day by defeating Harvard’s Steven Keith Keith. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Penn goes undefeated in Ivy League weekend”

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. Continue reading “Mat Side with Rob Koll: The National Duals”

Mat Side With Rob Koll – The Scuffle

It has been a while since my last musings, but that does not mean nothing has been happening in the Cornell wrestling world. As a matter of fact, we have been very busy and I am slightly surprised and disappointed that I have not heard many complaints about my silence.

Rob Koll 2010 EIWA

It has been a while since my last musings, but that does not mean nothing has been happening in the Cornell wrestling world. As a matter of fact, we have been very busy and I am slightly surprised and disappointed that I have not heard many complaints about my silence. I can only surmise this means no one reads my ramblings or those who do are enjoying the break. For better or worse, however, I am back and here is the update.

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EIWA weekly review: Navy takes seventh at Reno Tourney

Just two weeks after fellow EIWA school Cornell took first at the Las Vegas Invitational, Navy headed to the state of Nevada on Dec. 19 with similar aspirations at the Reno Tournament of Champions. When the dust settled out West, the Midshipmen came away with a solid seventh-place finish out of a total of 30 programs.

Just two weeks after fellow EIWA school Cornell took first at the Las Vegas Invitational, Navy headed to the state of Nevada on Dec. 19 with similar aspirations at the Reno Tournament of Champions. When the dust settled out West, the Midshipmen came away with a solid seventh-place finish out of a total of 30 programs.

Navy finished with 70.0 points, five less than sixth-place Chattanooga but five points ahead of eighth-place Stanford. Wyoming took first overall with a score of 106.0, edging out Boise State by a total of one and half points. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Navy takes seventh at Reno Tourney”

Mat Side with Rob Koll: Season Recap December 9th

We have made it through the first half of the season with our record unblemished and I am excited for what awaits us in the second semester. Considering our wrestlers are getting ready for finals, I feel it is an appropriate time to give them performance evaluations as well.

We have made it through the first half of the season with our record unblemished and I am excited for what awaits us in the second semester. Considering our wrestlers are getting ready for finals, I feel it is an appropriate time to give them performance evaluations as well.

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EIWA week in review: Quakers take Keystone Classic

For the first time this season, all 13 EIWA programs hit the mat in competition this past weekend highlighted by four teams who headed to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic. Home cooking was in true order as Penn took the tournament behind five, first place finishes and one “Outstanding” performance.

At 197 pounds, Micah Burak breezed through the bracket by winning all three of his matches, two via pins and one major decision. Burak met American’s Daniel Mitchell in the finals and put the Eagle on his back in 6:28. For his efforts, the tournament named Burak its Outstanding Wrestler. Continue reading “EIWA week in review: Quakers take Keystone Classic”

The Bearcat Report: Week 3 in Review

This past weekend was action packed as Binghamton wrestlers competed in the Cornell Body Bar and East Stroudsburg University Open tournaments on Saturday, as well as the Sprawl and Brawl Duals on Sunday.

Justin Lister

This past weekend was action packed as Binghamton wrestlers competed in the Cornell Body Bar and East Stroudsburg University Open tournaments on Saturday, as well as the Sprawl and Brawl Duals on Sunday. Continue reading “The Bearcat Report: Week 3 in Review”

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”

Hofstra Pride: Looking forward after an injury-plagued last season

Last season was a rough one for the Hofstra University wrestling program. Hit hard by a number of season-ending injuries to key starters, the Pride failed to have any wrestlers earn All-American honors at the 2010 NCAA Division I championships.

Last season was a rough one for the Hofstra University wrestling program. Hit hard by a number of season-ending injuries to key starters, the Pride failed to have any wrestlers earn All-American honors at the 2010 NCAA Division I championships. Continue reading “Hofstra Pride: Looking forward after an injury-plagued last season”

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?”

Mat Side with Rob Koll – NCAA Analysis and Interview with Scott Casber

I’m back from Omaha and still riding a high from the weekend. Every wrestler wrestled well whether in victory or defeat. I am so honored to be a part of the greatest NCAA tournament performance in Cornell wrestling history.

Coach Koll and Nickerson at EIWA

I’m back from Omaha and still riding a high from the weekend. Every wrestler wrestled well whether in victory or defeat. I am so honored to be a part of the greatest NCAA tournament performance in Cornell wrestling history.

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2010 NCAA DI Championship Preview and Predictions

With only days left before the opening round of the 2010 NCAA DI wrestling championships, wrestling fans across the nation are seething with anticipation of a donnybrook amongst the top teams in the nation challenging for the coveted team championship.

by Matt Diano and Bill Miller

With only days left before the opening round of the 2010 NCAA DI wrestling championships, wrestling fans from coast-to-coast are seething with anticipation of a donnybrook amongst the top teams in the nation challenging for the coveted team championship. Last year’s championship ended with Iowa winning over Ohio State by the slimmest margin in NCAA tournament history by the score of 96.5 to 92. And this year’s may yet again go down in the history books. Continue reading “2010 NCAA DI Championship Preview and Predictions”

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”

2010 EIWA Recap and Interviews

When the final hand was raised at Lehigh’s Stabler arena, Cornell extended its conference championship winning streak to four, crowned five champion, two third, and one forth place finishes.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

When the final hand was raised at Lehigh’s Stabler arena, Cornell extended its conference championship winning streak to four, crowned five champion, two third, and one forth place finishes. Continue reading “2010 EIWA Recap and Interviews”

CMU Claims Ninth Straight MAC Championships Title-Tom Borrelli Talks to TDR

Central Michigan claimed individual championships in five weight classes on its way to a ninth consecutive Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships title on Sunday.

MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Michigan claimed individual championships in five weight classes on its way to a ninth consecutive Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships title on Sunday.

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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”

2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Preview:

Coaches around the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) circled 2010 on their calendar as the year Hofstra’s eight-year run as conference champions could be ending. Barring a monster tournament by the Pride, this will be the year the championship trophy goes somewhere other than Hempstead, N.Y.

But which university snatches up that team championship is still in doubt. Three teams have legitimate shots at winning the conference tournament: Old Dominion, Binghamton, and Rider. The tournament will be held on Rider’s campus in Lawrenceville, N.J., March 5-6 Continue reading “2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Preview:”

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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Scott Goodale and his 23rd Ranked Rutgers Knights Ready Lehigh Snow or no Snow

The No. 23 Rutgers wrestling team will put its school record 12-match unbeaten streak on the line this Saturday when it travels west to face No. 7 Lehigh at the Stabler Arena for a 1 p.m. match.

Rutgers

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Feb. 4, 2010) – The No. 23 Rutgers wrestling team will put its school record 12-match unbeaten streak on the line this Saturday when it travels west to face No. 7 Lehigh at the Stabler Arena for a 1 p.m. match.

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