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”

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

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What: #1 Cornell vs. #6 Central Michigan

When: Friday November 19th, 2010

Time: 6:30 pm EST

Where: Friedman Wrestling Center (Ithaca, NY)

Coverage: FloWrestling.com  Continue reading “Friday Night Showdown: #1 Cornell vs. #6 Central Michigan Preview”

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.”


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“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

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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

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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…

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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

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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

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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”

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.

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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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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”

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

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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”

(K)night Time: #50 Recruit/2x Iowa State Champion Headed to Cornell

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At first glance, it might have seemed like a foregone conclusion that Evan Knight, a senior at Urbandale High School in Iowa, would end up donning a cardinal and gold Iowa State singlet….After all, his father, Steve Knight, was an All-American for the Cyclones and spent three seasons on the Iowa State coaching staff. His uncle, Dan Knight, was also an All-American for the Cyclones. Three other Iowa high school seniors with Iowa State in their blood, Michael Moreno, Kyven Gadson, and Trevor Voelker, have already announced their intentions to be Cyclones.

But on Tuesday, Knight chose a different path than his father and uncle when he gave a verbal commitment to Rob Koll and the Cornell Big Red. Knight chose Cornell over Iowa State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Arizona State. He projects collegiately at 184 pounds. Continue reading “(K)night Time: #50 Recruit/2x Iowa State Champion Headed to Cornell”

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”

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”

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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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, 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”