Post Dual Interview with Rob Koll, Troy Nickerson, and Kyle Dake

After the Iowa State dual meet at the Newman Center on January 31, Lighthouse Wrestling sat with Cornell Head Coach Rob Koll, 3x All-American Troy Nickerson, and freshman standout, Kyle Dake for a brief interview.

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Cornell Big Red

After the Iowa State dual meet at the Newman Center on January 31, Lighthouse Wrestling sat with Cornell Head Coach Rob Koll, 3-times All American. Troy Nickerson, and freshman standout, Kyle Dake for a brief interview.

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Iowa State at Cornell Coverage Details

Coverage details of Iowa State wrestling at Cornell on January 31st at 1PM.

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Cornell Big Red

MATCH INFORMATION

Match #8: No. 2 Iowa State at No. 6 Cornell
Time: Sunday, January 31, at 1:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2009-10 Records: Iowa State (9-2, 2-0 Big 12); Cornell (3-3-1, 0-0 Ivy League)
Series Record: Iowa State leads 4-2
Last Meeting: Cornell won 22-15, January 11, 2009 in Cedar Falls, Iowa
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports
Live Stats: available at CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: available at CornellBigRed.com
Live Blog: available at lighthousewrestling.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

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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.

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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

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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”

Bearcat Brief – Quadrangular

Great day of duals for the B-cats yesterday, as we went 3-0 to extend our record to 7-2. The guys have all shown flashes of brilliance 1st semester, and it was nice to be able to showcase our skills in front of former Coach Steve Erber as well as prominent alumnus Billy Baldwin. 7-2 with our lone dual losses coming against traditional powers Nebraska and Michigan State is no small feat- and we still feel that our best wrestling is ahead of us this year.

BinghamtonGreat day of duals for the B-cats yesterday, as we went 3-0 to extend our record to 7-2. The guys have all shown flashes of brilliance 1st semester, and it was nice to be able to showcase our skills in front of former Coach Steve Erber as well as prominent alumnus Billy Baldwin. 7-2 with our lone dual losses coming against traditional powers Nebraska and Michigan State is no small feat- and we still feel that our best wrestling is ahead of us this year. Continue reading “Bearcat Brief – Quadrangular”

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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Bearcat Brief – Penn State Nittany Open

Yesterday, the Bearcats kept up with the early season grind, heading to Penn State to take on some of the best wrestlers in the NE. The team continues to show improvement as hard work is paying off for many young Bearcats.

BinghamtonWe close out the 1st semester at home on Saturday at noon, wrestling 3 duals against Liberty, Princeton and Merchant Marine. We hope to see everyone there. admission is free and all the Bearcats will be in action. Plenty of giveaways as well.

Yesterday, the Bearcats kept up with the early season grind, heading to Penn State to take on some of the best wrestlers in the NE. The team continues to show improvement as hard work is paying off for many young Bearcats. Continue reading “Bearcat Brief – Penn State Nittany Open”

Bearcat Brief – North East duals

Your BU Bearcats were in action yesterday at the prestigious North East Duals held in Troy, NY. This event attracts many of the best teams in all the land, and boasts to be “the best wrestling east of the Mississippi.”

BinghamtonYour BU Bearcats were in action yesterday at the prestigious North East Duals held in Troy, NY. This event attracts many of the best teams in all the land, and boasts to be “the best wrestling east of the Mississippi.” Continue reading “Bearcat Brief – North East duals”

Bearcat Brief with Scott Green: Week 09-48

The first two weeks of the season brought many success for the Bearcats. It also showed growing pains associated with having a young lineup.

BinghamtonThe first two weeks of the season brought many success for the Bearcats. It also showed growing pains associated with having a young lineup. Continue reading “Bearcat Brief with Scott Green: Week 09-48”

Journeymen Wrestling Presents Mega Events: Sprawl & Brawl (Nov. 22); Northeast Duals (Nov. 28th)

As the calendar hits mid-November, three certainties await the fanatical wrestling fan…First, the college season is now underway and will absorb the majority of your free time for the next five months; Second, Thanksgiving will probably be the last time you are allowed to hit as much as you want without feeling guilty about hunger pains to your friend, child, neighbor, etc. (yes wrestlers, we see the dirty looks you give us when we pig out in front of you); and finally, we are only weeks away from two of the premier early season collegiate events, the Sprawl and Brawl and Northeast Duals, both presented by Frank Popolizio and the Journeymen Wrestling Club. Continue reading “Journeymen Wrestling Presents Mega Events: Sprawl & Brawl (Nov. 22); Northeast Duals (Nov. 28th)”

2010 NCAA DI Dual Meet Top-25 Ranking and Top-10 Analysis

While a team can place highly at the NCAA championships on the strength of a handful of qualifiers, as Maryland demonstrated last season by placing 10th with four, to break the top 10 in dual meets a team must have an outstanding wrestler at every weight. And unlike tournament success, dual meet success mostly falls on the shoulders of the faces who will debut this season.

NCAA 2010 Wrestling Championship LogoWhile a team can place highly at the NCAA championships on the strength of a handful of qualifiers, as Maryland demonstrated last season by placing 10th with four, to break the top 10 in dual meets a team must have an outstanding wrestler at every weight. And unlike tournament success, dual meet success mostly falls on the shoulders of the faces who will debut this season. Continue reading “2010 NCAA DI Dual Meet Top-25 Ranking and Top-10 Analysis”

2010 NCAA DI Tournament Predictions and Team Rank

As the 2009-2010 wrestling season approaches, teams are planning and strategizing how they can improve upon last season’s performance, break into the top ten, or even vie for a title. But as Helmuth Von Moltke, a 19th century Prussian Field Marshall, is famed for saying, “no battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” While each team develops and works their plan, for sure their fierce competitors will have something to say about it.

NCAA 2010 Wrestling Championship LogoAs the 2009-2010 wrestling season approaches, teams are planning and strategizing how they can improve upon last season’s performance, break into the top ten, or even vie for a title.  But as Helmuth Von Moltke, a 19th century Prussian Field Marshall, is famed for saying, “no battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”   While each team develops and works their plan, for sure their fierce competitors will have something to say about it.  Continue reading “2010 NCAA DI Tournament Predictions and Team Rank”

A Little Pep(pelman) In Koll’s Step: #4 Recruit In the Nation Commits to Cornell

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Marshall Peppelman was in seventh grade when he first started attending Rob Koll’s Cornell wrestling camps in the summer with his teammates. His team attended the camp every summer and Peppelman’s relationship grew with Koll as did his admiration for the Cornell wrestling program. But it wasn’t until Peppelman started looking at colleges when he realized that Cornell offered everything he was looking for in a college.. Continue reading “A Little Pep(pelman) In Koll’s Step: #4 Recruit In the Nation Commits to Cornell”

Matside with Rob Koll: 2009-10 Season Preview

The summer has passed by all too quickly, and the entire team has returned to Ithaca. We had a productive summer, and I am ecstatic to have everyone back. Actually this comes as no surprise to me since we had plus or minus 20 wrestlers training in Ithaca for all or part of the entire summer.

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The summer has passed by all too quickly, and the entire team has returned to Ithaca. We had a productive summer, and I am ecstatic to have everyone back. Actually this comes as no surprise to me since we had plus or minus 20 wrestlers training in Ithaca for all or part of the entire summer. Continue reading “Matside with Rob Koll: 2009-10 Season Preview”

Mat Side with Rob Koll

It has been awhile since I last wrote, but that does not mean that nothing has been going on in the world of Big Red wrestling. We had to replace two assistant coaches as Cory Cooperman and Travis Lee have moved on. Cory accepted a coaching position closer to home at Rutgers, while Travis has decided to move to California to pursue a career in the biotechnology field. Cory has been a wonderful member of our Cornell wrestling family over the past three years, and he will undoubtedly make a significant impact with the Scarlet Knights.

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It has been awhile since I last wrote, but that does not mean that nothing has been going on in the world of Big Red wrestling. We had to replace two assistant coaches as Cory Cooperman and Travis Lee have moved on. Cory accepted a coaching position closer to home at Rutgers, while Travis has decided to move to California to pursue a career in the biotechnology field. Cory has been a wonderful member of our Cornell wrestling family over the past three years, and he will undoubtedly make a significant impact with the Scarlet Knights.

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2009-2010 Hofstra University Wrestling Schedule Released

On Tuesday afternoon, the Hofstra University athletic office released the schedule for the upcoming ’09-’10 varsity wrestling season…Highlighting this series of matches/tournaments will be road trips to Albany, NY for the Northeast Duals (vs. Virginia, Northern Colorado, and Nebraska—November 28th), Primm, NV for  the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (December 4th-5th), Greensboro, NC for the Southern Scuffle (December 29th-30th), Fairfax, VA for the annual CAA Duals (vs. Sacred Heart, George Mason, Boston University, and Old Dominion—January 16th), as well as journeys to Ithaca, NY and College Park, MD for duals against Cornell University (February 6th)  and the University of Maryland (February 14th)….The Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament will be contested On the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ on March 5th & 6th….The NCAA tournament will be held March 18th-20th at the QWest Center in Omaha, Nebraska.   Continue reading “2009-2010 Hofstra University Wrestling Schedule Released”

This Week at Cornell with Rob Koll 13-09

Unfortunately we came up short on our goal of a national championship. However, I was extremely proud of the team’s performance in general. We demonstrated to the wrestling community that Cornell is a serious contender and not just a “flash in the pan”. As long as we continue to bring in quality young man and work hard and smart we have teams that will challenge for title. It may take some time, but we will eventually reach our goal of a national championship!

cornellbigredHello all, we could not get back to Ithaca until Tuesday, thus the delay in my NCAA update.  I actually tried to send it out from my hotel room but my list-serve would not work from that location.  I am sure someone with a modicum of intelligence could figure out how to make it work but I am not that guy.

Each year our Cornell “C” of red continues to grow.  Special thanks to Chris and Ken Griffin for their help with producing the shirts as well as to Gene Nighman for distributing them. At one point “Gypsy Gene” looked like a New York City street vender as he turned the Hyatt lobby into the Cornell shirt distribution center.  I don’t believe the hotel could complain too much consider we booked over one hundred rooms per night at their residence. Unfortunately our current wrestlers choose to stay elsewhere because the Hyatt would not accommodate their request for one room with twenty additional cots. Continue reading “This Week at Cornell with Rob Koll 13-09”

This Week at Cornell with Rob Koll 11-09

By now all of you know that we won our third straight EIWA title. If anyone reading this is not aware of that fact, then shame on you and go back to watching NCAA basketball! On with my recap.

cornellbigredBy now all of you know that we won our third straight EIWA title. If anyone reading this is not aware of that fact, then shame on you and go back to watching NCAA basketball! On with my recap.

I was pleased with the team’s performance from top to bottom. As I expected every guy wrestled with spirt and pride. When we lost a match we were inevitably the aggressor. Every wrestler placed up to or above their seed and the element that I am most proud of is that we did not take a single injury time-out. This is so important to me because this statistic is representative of the nature and personality of our team. This group of young men are just plain physically and mentally tough. One reason I am confident that we will do well next week at the NCAA tournament is because this charachteristic is necessary to excel in the post season. We also have a history of performing well in the post season and I see every indication that this trend will continue. Continue reading “This Week at Cornell with Rob Koll 11-09”

This Week At Cornell with Rob Koll 10-09

The EIWA tournament is finally upon us. I hope to see a large and boisterous pack of Cornell fans on Saturday and Sunday. Here is complete schedule of the weekend’s events.

cornellbigredThe EIWA tournament is finally upon us. I hope to see a large and boisterous pack of Cornell fans on Saturday and Sunday. Here is complete schedule of the weekend’s events.

Saturday, March. 7
Session I (Preliminaries): 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session I (Quarterfinals and Consolation Round 1): 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Session I (Consolation Round 2): 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
*7:00-9:00 Cornell Wrestling Social at the Sheraton University City in the Fairmont Room. There will be food and a cash bar. The Sheraton is a short walk from the Palestra on 36th and Chestnut Streets. Continue reading “This Week At Cornell with Rob Koll 10-09”

This Week at Cornell with Steve Anceravage 08-09

This is Steve Anceravage and I will be writing Coach Kolls weekly update. On the bus trip home from Boston I was trying to get a sneak peak of what coach was writing about me. He got tired of me reading over his shoulder and decided to let, or should I say, make me write it.

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Steve Anceravage 171lbs Senior at Cornell

Hey everyone,

This is Steve Anceravage and I will be writing Coach Koll’s weekly update. On the bus trip home from Boston I was trying to get a sneak peak of what coach was writing about me. He got tired of me reading over his shoulder and decided to let, or should I say, make me write it. Continue reading “This Week at Cornell with Steve Anceravage 08-09”

This Week at Cornell with Rob Koll, 07-09

It was great to see so many friends come out on Sunday for the Penn match. Sunday also marked our seniors final home competition. This year’s seniors include: Steve Anceravage, Drake Hovis, Zach Hammond, Tim Ironman and Jordan Leen. We wrestled in the always Cornell friendly confines of the Friedman Wrestling Center. If you have never been to a match at the Friedman Center you are missing out on one of the country’s great wrestling experiences. The sold-out gym is hot, cramped, and loud; a true wrestlers paradise!

cornellbigredIt was great to see so many friends come out on Sunday for the Penn match. Sunday also marked our seniors final home competition. This year’s seniors include: Steve Anceravage, Drake Hovis, Zach Hammond, Tim Ironman and Jordan Leen. We wrestled in the always Cornell friendly confines of the Friedman Wrestling Center. If you have never been to a match at the Friedman Center you are missing out on one of the country’s great wrestling experiences. The sold-out gym is hot, cramped, and loud; a true wrestlers paradise! Continue reading “This Week at Cornell with Rob Koll, 07-09”