2013-2014 Cornell Preview

Cornell RamCornell College Rams
Head Coach: Mike Duroe
Years at School as head coach: 9th
Career Record at school: 95-66-2
Assistant Coaches: Chad Beatty, Andrew Knaack, Matt Fields, Nick Nothern, Adam Burken (Strength & Conditioning)


2012-2013 Dual Meet Record: 5-6
2012-2013 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Alex Coolidge (197, 2nd), Trevor Engle (149)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans (any year): Alex Coolidge (197/Sr) All-American/NCAA Finalist, Trevor Engle (149/So) NCAA Qualifier.

Top returning starters:
Ben Rosen (125/Sr)
Zach Henning (133/So)
Trevor Engle (149/So) – NCAA Qualifier, 2nd Central Region
Danny Klema (157/So) – 6th Central Region
Brent Hamm (174/Jr) – 5th Central Region
Alex Coolidge (197/Sr) – NCAA Runner-Up, 1st Central Region
Carl Gaul (HWT/Sr) – 4th Central Region

Top incoming wrestlers:
Nick Melon (Brick, NJ), Phillip Opelt (Neillsville, WI), Clint & Jake Allen (Tucson, AZ), Marc Kosiek (Darien, IL), Nathan Shank (Iowa City, IA), Chase Ridenour (St. Louis, MO), Brian Cristion (Port Angeles, WA), Mike Maksimovic (Northbrooke, IL), James Garrett (Fountain, CO) Jim Kirby (Deerfield, IL)

Season outlook:
Cornell will be led by a pair of returning NCAA Qualifiers in 197 lb. runner-up Alex Coolidge and 149 lb. qualifier Trevor Engle. Coolidge was the #2 seed heading into last year’s tournament, and he lived up to his seed in making the finals. This year, he is the #1 ranked preseason wrestler at 197 and is a definite favorite to come home with a title in March. Engle won two matches in Cedar Rapids and fell a single match shy of All-American. He comes in ranked 8th. Just missing the trip last season was heavyweight Carl Gaul who finished 4th in a region that produced a pair of All-Americans. Beyond those three, the lineup is experienced with at least seven returning starters from 2013. With Coolidge and Engle a good bet to place this year, a little bit of improvement from some of the other returns could help the Rams make a run at a top ten finish.