Cornell Wrestling Earns Top Spot In EIWA Preseason Rankings

The No. 3 nationally ranked Cornell wrestling team has earned the top spot in EIWA Preseason rankings it was released this weekend. The Big Red has won the EIWA team title the past three seasons and will contend for its fourth-straight win in March. Seven Big Red wrestlers are ranked in the top six of their individual weight classes with four ranked first. Freshmen are not eligible to be ranked.

cornellbigredITHACA, N.Y.—The No. 3 nationally ranked Cornell wrestling team has earned the top spot in EIWA Preseason rankings it was released this weekend. The Big Red has won the EIWA team title the past three seasons and will contend for its fourth-straight win in March. Seven Big Red wrestlers are ranked in the top six of their individual weight classes with four ranked first. Freshmen are not eligible to be ranked. Continue reading “Cornell Wrestling Earns Top Spot In EIWA Preseason Rankings”

All Victories Starts With V: #3 Recruit Villalonga Commits to Cornell

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On Tuesday evening, it was confirmed that after weeks of speculation about which Ivy League institution would land his services, Blair Academy senior, Chris Villalonga, had given a verbal commitment to continue his academic and athletic career under the guidance of Big Red head Coach, Rob Koll…This decision came just weeks after Villalonga’s Bucs teammate, #99 recruit Jesse Shanaman, also announced to attend the Ithaca, NY based campus.

With the addition of the three-time defending National Prep champion to their recruiting class, the Big Red have now successfully managed to land both the #3 and #4 recruits in the nation, having received a verbal from Marshall Peppelman (2x PA AAA State Champion) in late September…And what’s scary, is that according to Koll, the Big Red are expected to receive at least three more big name commitments in the coming weeks (per NCAA guidelines, names were not permitted to be discussed) Continue reading “All Victories Starts With V: #3 Recruit Villalonga Commits to Cornell”

Big Red Land Another: #99 Recruit Jesse Shanaman Cornell Bound

On Wednesday, InterMat broke the news that the #99 recruit in the land, Blair Academy’s Jesse Shanaman, had given a verbal commitment to Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll and his staff…In doing so, Shanaman become the second Bucs wrestler in the past week and a half to formally announce his collegiate plans. On October 4th, 2009 National Prep Champion, Max Huntley (who will wrestle on the Blair College team in 2010) revealed that he would continue his wrestling career at Missouri under the tutelage of Brian Smith….Remaining uncommitted from Jeff Buxton’s returning National Championship team are a pair of top-15 recruits in the persons of #3 Chris Villalonga (also rumored to be heavily considering Cornell) and #12 Mike Evans (a 2010 transfer who is believed to be down to a short list consisting of the University of Iowa and the aforementioned University of Missouri).

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On Wednesday, InterMat broke the news that the #99 recruit in the land, Blair Academy’s Jesse Shanaman, had given a verbal commitment to Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll and his staff…In doing so, Shanaman become the second Bucs wrestler in the past week and a half to formally announce his collegiate plans. On October 4th, 2009 National Prep Champion, Max Huntley (who will wrestle on the Blair College team in 2010) revealed that he would continue his wrestling career at Missouri under the tutelage of Brian Smith….Remaining uncommitted from Jeff Buxton’s returning National Championship team are a pair of top-15 recruits in the persons of #3 Chris Villalonga (also rumored to be heavily considering Cornell) and #12 Mike Evans (a 2010 transfer who is believed to be down to a short list consisting of the University of Iowa and the aforementioned University of Missouri). Continue reading “Big Red Land Another: #99 Recruit Jesse Shanaman Cornell Bound”

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.

Continue reading “Mat Side with Rob Koll”

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”

Ivy-League Cornell Takes On College Wrestling’s Giants

“Arising from the east may be the most prodigious group of red wrestlers since the fall of the Soviet Union — and the least likely. Cornell University, coming off its third straight victory in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association tournament held this past weekend in Philadelphia, has the second-ranked wrestling team in the nation. Rarely has an East Coast team been ranked so high; for the Ivy League, it is unprecedented.”

by DAN ACKMAN

“Arising from the east may be the most prodigious group of red wrestlers since the fall of the Soviet Union — and the least likely. Cornell University, coming off its third straight victory in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association tournament held this past weekend in Philadelphia, has the second-ranked wrestling team in the nation. Rarely has an East Coast team been ranked so high; for the Ivy League, it is unprecedented.”

Read more at the Wall Street Journal

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”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/9): Jordan Leen

Every individual that steps foot on the wrestling mat battles two opponents: the opponent the fans see and the opponent only the wrestler sees – THEMSELF. It’s the voice in your mind that tells you, you’re too tired to go on; it hurts too much to continue to fight; it fills you with self-doubt and makes you tentative in your attack.

Jordan Leen EIWA Finals vs JP O'Conner - Photo By Lindsey M. Mechalik
Jordan Leen EIWA Finals vs JP O'Conner - Photo By Lindsey M. Mechalik

Every individual that steps foot on the wrestling mat battles two opponents: the opponent the fans see and the opponent only the wrestler sees – THEMSELF.  It’s the voice in your mind that tells you, you’re too tired to go on; it hurts too much to continue to fight; it fills you with self-doubt and makes you tentative in your attack.

The champions win these battles; the repeat champions slay these demons. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/9): Jordan Leen”

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”