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Posted on October 28, 2011 , by charley
Rob Koll son of Bill Koll, definitely knows how to walk in his father’s footsteps. Bill Koll is a member of the wrestling hall of fame and was a 3 time NCAA wrestling champion for Iowa State Teachers University (now renamed University of Northern Iowa), he later entered the 1948 London Olympics finishing 5th and later in life he became head coach at Penn State University. Due to his fathers accomplishments, Rob Koll knew what he wanted to do even at an early stage. Rob wrestled and studied at the University of North Carolina, where he became a wrestling genius, posting a career record of 150-20-1 in his 158lbs weight division. Koll became a 4 time All-American, 3 time ACC champion and a NCCA champion in 1988, all in this weight category.
In ’89 he won gold in the Pan-Am Games which led him to winning the US national freestyle championship in ’90 and ’91. During the 1990 season he took the World Cup, which he repeated in 1993. In the 1992 season he won the World Cup Grand Prix, which was the alternative for the Olympic Games. He is now the David R. Dunlop ’59 head coach of wrestling at Cornell University where he has proved an incredible coach, even to this day. Whilst at Cornell, Koll has lead his team to 5 top-five finishes in the NCCA division 1 wrestling tournament. Rob Koll, as a coach, has created many accolades for himself but more importantly the team he is overlooking. He has produced 40 All-American players and 36 individual EIWA champions. He’s singled handedly put Cornell University on the wrestling map by making it what it is today, an elite squad that hold many prospects. Some of the achievements of the Big Red squad at Cornell have been noted in the record books. Rob Koll is a genuinely great guy and really knows what he’s doing, he’s passed on his knowledge of wrestlingmon the mat to young apprentices, don’t stop what you’re are doing, you’re helping bring the Gold home to America.