EIWA weekly review: Lehigh topples No. 19 Central Michigan

Over half of the EIWA was in action this past weekend and while six of the seven schools won at least one dual in that span, none were more impressive than No. 11 Lehigh’s 23-9 trouncing of visiting No. 19 Central Michigan on Dec. 12.

Over half of the EIWA was in action this past weekend and while six of the seven schools won at least one dual in that span, none were more impressive than No. 11 Lehigh’s 23-9 trouncing of visiting No. 19 Central Michigan on Dec. 12.

The Mountain Hawks brought Leeman-Turner Arena to its feet and made a statement, taking seven of ten bouts from the Chippewas, including the only two major decisions of the day.

Lehigh took three straight in the middleweights, highlighted by Brian Tanen’s 9-1 major over Adam Miller at 157 pounds with the match tied at six apiece. The Mountain Hawks never looked back from that four-point lead and only dropped one more match on the day, reeling off three straight wins again to finish out the dual. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Lehigh topples No. 19 Central Michigan”

The Garden (State) Strikes Back: Scarlet Knights Steal One of NYS Finest….

After weeks of sitting back and watching as their neighbors stock-piled blue-chipper upon blue-chipper, New Jersey struck back hard on Tuesday night, landing one of the top unsigned talents in the Empire State when 2009 NYS DI runner-up, Steven Rodrigues of Fox Lane High School in Section I, announced on his facebook that he had given a verbal commitment to Rutgers University. The landing of Rodrigues, the #8 prospect in New York’s senior class, marks the second consecutive year that Scarlet Knight Head Coach, Scott Goodale, has enticed a top-10 student-athlete from the N-Y to take his respective talent to the New Brunswick based campus. Last season, Goodale, now in his fourth year at the helm of the rising EIWA contender, won the sweepstakes for eventual 2010 NYS DI State Champion, Anthony Volpe…Now including the #4 national recruit, 3x NJ State Champion Andrew Campolattano, who for the time being is considered the exclusive property of the Scarlet Knight football program, Rodrigues becomes the second member of the class of 2011 to select Rutgers from among his many suitors. He joins 2010 New Jersey State placewinner (6th) Anthony Perrotti of West Essex Regional High School, who announced his college intentions in mid-October. Continue reading “The Garden (State) Strikes Back: Scarlet Knights Steal One of NYS Finest….”

Previewing the EIWA

The EIWA season is upon us and it’s time to take a look at the teams and wrestlers looking to make a splash when the NCAA Tournament invades Philadelphia this March. Lighthouse Wrestling brings you a breakdown of the top-five squads in the conference as selected in the coaches’ poll along with some big-time duals and other wrestlers to note this season.

The EIWA season is upon us and it’s time to take a look at the teams and wrestlers looking to make a splash when the NCAA Tournament invades Philadelphia this March. Lighthouse Wrestling brings you a breakdown of the top-five squads in the conference as selected in the coaches’ poll along with some big-time duals and other wrestlers to note this season.

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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”

Resurgence of Rutgers rests on NJ talent

It is a date that has been circled on Scott Goodale’s calendar since he arrived at Rutgers University to head the wrestling program: Nov. 7, 2010.  The day not only marks the start of Goodale’s fourth season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights’ program, but also the year that Rutgers rises to national prominence.

And with a bevy of home grown, New Jersey talent, it is already showing in the practice room.

“There’s tension in the room. There’s a lot of competition, which is a good thing,” said Goodale, who boasts nine wrestlers with NCAA Tournament experience. “Guys are fighting hard to survive on that mat and you have to. There are just too many good guys and there are no breaks. That’s the difference — that has to be the difference.  It’s the only way you get to be a great program.”

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Crimson Pins Down Barbato: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Vebals to Harvard

The latin phrase “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae”, translated as “truth for Christ and the Church,” may not mean much to many of us, but today it takes on a much greater significance for one of our native sons, Wantagh High School senior Joe Barbato. As the motto of Harvard University, this is a slogan that the 2010 NYS DI state runner-up will become very familiar with over the course of the next four years as it was announced this afternoon that the Warrior wrestler had given a verbal commitment to Crimson Head Coach, Jay Weiss…In making this decision, Barbato becomes the second wrestler from his high school to give a verbal commitment to a DI institution. He joins fellow state runner-up, Joe Kavanagh, who committed to Hofstra University all the way back in July. Barbato is the first member of the current senior class to select the Cambridge, Massachusetts based school of high learning. Continue reading “Crimson Pins Down Barbato: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Vebals to Harvard”

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”

Editor’s Message – What’s in Store for 2010/2011

Going into our third season at Lighthouse Wrestling, I’m quite excited for the upcoming season. Since the end of the first season, I’ve been busy working to have additional contributors to the site.

Going into our third season at Lighthouse Wrestling, I’m quite excited for the upcoming year.  Since the end of the first season, I’ve been busy working to have additional contributors to the site.  It’s not easy.  To put it succinctly, few contributors will write for the love of it, even less will continue for any length of time.   However, I’m happy to say that a number of good people have offered to contribute in 2010/2011, and I’m hopeful they will deliver. Continue reading “Editor’s Message – What’s in Store for 2010/2011”

Golden Bear: 152-Pound NYS Champion Lanzi Headed to Brown

Early this afternoon, I learned from a person very close to the situation that 2010 152-pound New York State DI Champion, Giuseppi Lanzi, has selected the Bears of Brown University as his college choice. As gifted in the classroom as he is on the wrestling mat, Lanzi, with good reason, had his pick of top colleges/universities. However, as was explained to me, the Rhode Island based university has always felt like the right fit for the Amsterdam High School product. Therefore, when he formally received the acceptance letter from the school long rumored to be his #1 choice, it became a fitting ending to a scholastic career that has been nothing short of remarkable. Continue reading “Golden Bear: 152-Pound NYS Champion Lanzi Headed to Brown”

2010 EIWA Finals Photo Album

Photo album from the EIWA finals at Lehigh’s Stabler arena on March 7, 2010 at the Newman Center.

Photo album from the EIWA finals at Lehigh’s Stabler arena on March 7, 2010 at the Newman Center. Photos by Joe D’Aquila of phototrens.com, professional photography dedicated to wrestling. Continue reading “2010 EIWA Finals Photo Album”

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”

2010 EIWA Day One Results

Day one results from the EIWA championships at the Stabler arena on the campus of Lehigh University, PA. This is updated with Round One results.

Day one results from the EIWA championships at the Stabler arena on the campus of Lehigh University, PA. This is updated with Semin-finals, Quarter-Finals, and Preliminaries results and team standings.

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Scott Casber of TDR Interviews Coaches before Conference Championships

Scott Casber of TDR speaks with Big 12 Assistant Cowboy Coach Eric Guerreo; Colonial Athletic Association coaches Pat Popolizio, Tom Shifflet, and Steve Martin; and EIWA Coach Rob Koll.

tdrScott Casber of TDR speaks with Big 12 Assistant Cowboy Coach Eric Guerreo; Colonial Athletic Association coaches Pat Popolizio, Tom Shifflet, and Steve Martin; and EIWA Coach Rob Koll.

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

Chris Villalonga

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”