Interviews by Scott Casber of TDR, 10-14

Listen to Scott Casber as he interviews Troy Nickerson, Cam Simaz, Angel Escobedo, Craig Brester, Daniel Cormier, Eric Keller, Kevin Bonilla, and Pat Pecora.

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Listen to Scott Casber as he interviews Troy Nickerson, Cam Simaz, Angel Escobedo, Craig Brester, Daniel Cormier, Eric Keller, Kevin Bonilla, and Pat Pecora.

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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”

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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#7 Cornell vs. Hofstra Preview (Updated w/Results)

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What: #7 Cornell University vs. Hofstra

When: Saturday February 6th, 2010

Time: 5pm EST

Where: Ithaca, NY

Coverage: Live Video (Courtesy of Cornell Redcast)

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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.

Cornell Big Red
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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#2 Iowa State vs. #7 Cornell Preview

Cornell

What: #2 Iowa State vs. #7 Cornell University

When: Sunday January 31st, 2010

Time: 1pm EST

Where: Newman Arena

Coverage: Live Text (Courtesy of Light House Wrestling)/Live Video (Courtesy of Cornell Redcast)

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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.

Cornell Big Red
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

Cornell Big Red
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”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part 5: New York Wrestling

So much has changed since I competed in high school during the 1970s. When I wrestled if you had 20 matches during the season, it was a lot. There are more opportunities to compete competitively all year today than in the 70s. Are the top wrestlers better today than in yesteryear? What’s your reasoning?

scott-greenLHW: So much has changed since I competed in high school during the 1970s.  When I wrestled if you had 20 matches during the season, it was a lot.  There are more opportunities to compete competitively all year today than in the 70s.  Are the top wrestlers better today than in yesteryear?  What’s your reasoning?

GREEN: I don’t know.  I know this….there are no surprises anymore.  Everyone is on YouTube, everyone is scout-able.  The best kids in the country see each other at more events then they did then.  Back then, you could theorize that you were the best…now kids lay it on the line maybe a dozen times a year. Would Troy Nickerson or Jesse Jantzen won as many titles as they did 30 years ago?  I say yes.  Could the stars of that era compete today?  Sure, I don’t doubt it.  It’s a fun debate, but anyone who says they know for sure is dangerously myopic.

LHW: We’ve heard that you’ve offered Marty R. a coaching position at Shamrock, as well as a recruiting post at Binghamton.  Is Marty considering the offer?  Is it true that he will be living in an apartment in your home?  Seriously, Marty has many criticisms about wrestling today.  How would you constructively respond to those criticisms?

GREEN: Marty is great for wrestling.  We need more fans like him.  I love the fact that he has his opinions and expresses them, no matter how silly, trite and wrong they are.  Seriously, how can we turn away a fan like him? When you travel to events as much as he has, and put as much into supporting the sport, you are entitled to be wrong as often as you want.  Most people are fans of our sport as long as their kids are involved and then that’s it.  We’ve lost 2/3 of our college programs in the last 30 years, and we think we don’t need fans?

Now, are some of the things he says idiotic?  Of course!  But if you ever had a conversation with the guy off the board you’d see he’s just a provocateur, looking to stir the pot.  Bottom line is he loves the sport, and the sport needs people who love it.  And from what I’ve heard…people aren’t shy about letting him know what they think of him to his face…so check and balance right there.

He can stay at my house whenever he wants…I always have lawn work I need done.

LHW: The Long Island fan base can sometimes be quite enthusiastic about their success; they sometimes voice complaints on the forums about how the upstate teams are trying to stack the deck against them. It must trouble many of the upstate wrestlers and coaches.   Would you like to say anything to the LI fans, wrestlers, and coaches about their position on this?

GREEN: You should be proud of your success.  Regional rivalries drive a lot of successful states.  But I’ve always been more about judging people on an individual basis more than I have groups of people.  A day doesn’t go by in our Bearcat room when we don’t talk a little trash about Sec 2 (Pop), 8 (Dennis) 5 (Patterson’s) and 4.  If people put as much energy into fighting the external factors that threaten our sport as they did in complaining about which ref screwed their kid, or how this coach is a egomaniac, or how upstate hates LI and vice versa, we’d progress a lot more as a unit.  Try this: every time you want to complain, donate a $1 to your local college program, or to an organization that works to save wrestling.  Seems a lot more productive, no?

LHW: What do you think of the change to the regional format for high school wrestling in New York?  Do you feel that the revised format favors any one or group of regions? Might it have an adverse effect on any single or group of regions?

GREEN: I honestly haven’t examined it that closely.  Anything that gets good kids to States is good, I guess.  I thought the wildcard was good.  To me though, until you go back to one state champion, it’s like putting a fresh coat of paint on a house with a cracked foundation.  One State Champ! It’s what set us apart, made us unique.   I’m pretty ambivalent about anything else.

LHW: What does the future hold for New York wrestling?  Where would you like to see the sport go in the Empire State?

GREEN: I think we have great college programs. We are very lucky to have so much access to college wrestling at all levels.  I’d like to see more of NY’s best on the Fargo Dome floor every summer.  The reports of the demise of wrestling in our state have been greatly exaggerated.  We are doing fine at all levels.

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An Interview with Scott Green – Part 3: The Coach

Obviously you’re a great coach as measured by the success of your athletes. What characteristics/traits do you feel makes a great wrestling coach? Can a coach make the difference in the success of these future champions, or have you been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach talent that was destined to be great no matter who coached them? What difference can a coach make? What are you emphasizing in your practices to make a difference in the success of your athletes?

JP O'Conner - Senior at Harvard
JP O'Conner - Senior at Harvard

LHW: Obviously you’re a great coach as measured by the success of your athletes.   What characteristics/traits do you feel makes a great wrestling coach?  Can a coach make the difference in the success of these future champions, or have you been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach talent that was destined to be great no matter who coached them?  What difference can a coach make?  What are you emphasizing in your practices to make a difference in the success of your athletes? Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part 3: The Coach”

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”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part I: Realizing Dreams

“Establish trust with your athletes, demand that they give you their best, and teach them to love the sport as much as you do.” – Scott Green, Owner and Coach of Shamrock AC

“Establish trust with your athletes, demand that they give you their best, and teach them to love the sport as much as you do.”  – Scott Green, Owner and Coach of Shamrock AC Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part I: Realizing Dreams”

NCAA DI Individual Wrestler Power Ranking for 2009-2010

The top 25 NCAA Division I wrestlers eligible to compete in the 2010 season have been ranked across weight classes. A power ranking formula was created to compare performance. No subjective information was used to rank the wrestlers except for arriving at the power point system which was applied the same for each wrestler.

Military StripesThe top 25 NCAA Division I wrestlers eligible to compete in the 2009-2010 season have been ranked across weight classes. A power ranking formula was created to compare performance. No subjective information was used to rank the wrestlers except for arriving at the power point system which was applied the same for each wrestler.

The formula weighs the following factors for each wrestler:

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”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/30): Troy Nickerson

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”

— Muhammad Ali

With the 125lbs championship match tied at 1 and with six seconds into the 2nd overtime period, Troy Nickerson lay facedown on the mat in pain. It was the third time in the tournament that his injured shoulder dislocated.

Photo Courtesy of tech-fall.com
Photo Courtesy of tech-fall.com

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”

— Muhammad Ali

With the 125lbs championship match tied at 1 and with six seconds into the 2nd overtime period, Troy Nickerson lay face down on the mat in pain.  It was the third time in the tournament that his injured shoulder dislocated.  Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/30): Troy Nickerson”