Rob Koll(Picture/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Simply over every week in the past, Stanford’s athletic division shocked the wrestling group as they introduced that the varsity wouldn’t drop wrestling and ten different sports activities, as introduced in July of 2020. Right this moment, one other bombshell is within the works as now we have realized that Rob Koll will probably be Stanford’s subsequent head coach.
Koll involves Palo Alto after spending 28 years on the helm at Cornell. He took a crew from a contender within the EIWA to perennial favourite within the convention and a constant NCAA trophy menace. Underneath his management, the Massive Pink have gained the convention 11 instances and produced 16 NCAA champions. Koll’s groups have completed within the nationwide top-ten an astounding 15 instances and he has gone 317-101 in twin competitors. They’ve gained 4 NCAA crew trophy’s together with runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011.
Cornell has confirmed to be a recruiting pressure below Koll, because the 2021 Class was ranked third within the nation by InterMat and featured 5 of the highest 100 wrestlers within the nation and ten of the highest 300.
The college has additionally been profitable on the Worldwide scene as Kyle Dake has gained world championships in 2018 and 2019 and is a member of the 2021 Olympic Group. Moreover, Vito Arujau, nonetheless a member of the Massive Pink crew, completed as an Olympic Trials runner-up. Present crew member, Andrew Berreyesa was a Junior Greco-Roman silver medalist in 2018.
Along with his accomplishments on the mat, Koll has been adept at mentoring profitable head coaches. Matt Azevedo (Drexel), Steve Garland (Virginia), Damion Hahn (South Dakota State), Troy Nickerson (Northern Colorado), Brian Smith (Missouri) and Jeremy Spates (SIU Edwardsville) have all wrestled for or coached below Koll.
It stays to be seen what Koll will inherit in Stanford. A lot of the crew is at present within the switch portal. The 2021 squad featured the varsity’s second NCAA champion ever, Shane Griffith, together with a All-American in freshman, Jaden Abas. Actual Woods was an NWCA All-American in 2020, as properly. Regardless of many challenges alongside the best way, the varsity managed to ship seven wrestlers to the nationwide event final season.
With Arizona State coming off a fourth-place end in St. Louis and new life injected into the Oregon State program after the rent of Chris Pendleton, the Pac-12 ought to be very fascinating sooner or later.