Audio Interview: Mike Duroe

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Mike Duroe

The Cornell Rams of Mt. Vernon Iowa continue to forge ahead on the strength of Head Coach Mike Duroe and his talented staff along with a team of young men bent on getting better.

Recently The Rams wrestled Simpson College- The final score Cornell over Simpson, 40-6
Cornell's wrestling team racked up five pins and plowed its way to a 40-6 dual victory over Simpson in Tuesday's home opener at the Small Multi-Sport Center.

The Rams (2-1) scored bonus points in six matches and stamped a dominant night with three consecutive falls to end the meet. It was Cornell's largest margin of victory since beating Central, 43-6, on Jan. 29, 2011.
Cornell took eight of the 10 contested bouts and claimed its ninth straight series win over the Storm (0-1). The Rams held a 15-7 advantage in takedowns and scored 17 near-fall points, to Simpson's five.

Junior 125-pounder Jordan Ng (3-4) got the Rams going early, scoring seven unanswered points in the opening match before finishing off James Van Den Berg by fall in 4:03. Junior Ben Rosen (7-7) made it 10-0 Rams with a 12-2 decision over Sam Reichenbacker at 133.

Sophomore Ray Feliz rallied for his first win of the year at 141, getting a reversal and two-point near fall in the final 40 seconds of an 11-8 victory over Jeff Sand. Freshman 149-pounder Trevor Engle (8-3) followed that up with a pin in 3:30 over Derek Entz, stretching Cornell's lead to 19-0 through four matches.

Simpson cut the margin to 19-6 with back-to-back decisions at 157 and 165.

It was all Rams the rest of the way, starting with a 7-2 victory at 174 by sophomore Brent Hamm (7-6). At 184, Cornell freshman Kevin Stahmer (8-7) trailed by a point early in the third period before taking Taylor Witzel to the deck for a pin in 6:01.

Cornell junior 197-pounder Alex Coolidge, ranked fourth in the NWCA Poll, raised his season mark to 10-2 with a fall in 3:20 over Jared Bevins. Junior heavyweight Carl Gaul (10-6) closed the meet in fitting fashion with a first-period pin in 2:07 over Tony Saucedo. It was Gaul's eighth fall of the young season.

Coming up - The Rams carry momentum into the Candlewood Suite Duals Saturday in La Crosse, Wis. Cornell opens up against UW-Eau Claire at 9 a.m., followed by 25th-ranked Saint John's at 10:45 a.m. and ninth-ranked UW-Stevens Point at 2 p.m.