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    Default Koll: "I Don't Plan On Sending Our Guys to NWCA All-Stars"

    http://www.intermatwrestle.com/articles/5458
    Koll won't send wrestlers to NWCA All-Star Classic
    9/13/2009
    InterMat Staff


    Rob Koll competed in the NWCA All-Star Classsic twice when he was a competitor for North Carolina and won both times. But now the Cornell wrestling coach is not a fan of the early-season collegiate all-star event.

    Rob KollOn Saturday's episode of Takedown Radio, Koll expressed his displeasure for the event with Scott Casber.

    "I'm not a big fan of the event," Koll told Casber. "I loved it when it actually had some meaning. It was East vs. West. I don't think they can do it now. I think there are NCAA issues about putting a name to it like that. And then they say, well, it doesn't matter, but it does matter, so it's kind of bull. I love Mike Moyer, so I hate to trash the event. But I hate the event. Does it count? Of course it counts. Either it does or it doesn't. And if it doesn't count, then don't do it."

    This year's event will take place on November 22 at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. It will serve as a fundraiser for the Cal State Fullerton program that is in danger of being cut. The event, which is considered an exhibition and is not counted by the NCAA, attempts to pit the No. 1 and No. 2 wrestlers in the country against each other.

    Last year, three Cornell wrestlers received invitations to the NWCA All-Star Classic. Koll returns five All-Americans this season, including NCAA champion Troy Nickerson. But don't expect to see any of his wrestlers competing in this year's NWCA All-Star Classic.

    "I actually don't plan on sending our guys anymore," said Koll. "It takes up an incredible amount of time. It's basically three days out of your year that you're losing for one dual meet ... and yet it doesn't mean anything. So I'm not going to support it like I have in the past. If I have individuals who really want to go, I'll certainly permit them to do it. But usually they ask me, and realistically at that time of year if they ask me what I think, it won't be something I want to support."

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    Ouch ... but I doubt he's the only coach to feel this way. I think that will be even more true this year with the event taking place on the West Coast, far far away from where most of the top wrestlers are.

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    I like Koll and I understand where he is coming from. I think that ultimately it should be the wrestlers choice to attend or not to, but as the coach he is more entitled to offer his opinion and give them advice.
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    I understand his point too, but if more top coaches begin to withdraw, it's bound to weaken the event at a time when the NWCA is using this meet to bolster programs on the edge.

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    A brief history of the NWCA All-Star Classic: http://tinyurl.com/kpqdgj

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    I agree with Koll and I love the event it just needs to mean more or "count"

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    What was the reasoning for moving it to the beginning of the season? Why not move it back to the middle of the season and make it count?

    Maybe bring back the dual formula and make it a part of the national duals weekend?

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    I think there is a reason that there is nothing similar in any other college sport.

    I love it personally, but I see the coaches perspective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by therick View Post
    What was the reasoning for moving it to the beginning of the season? Why not move it back to the middle of the season and make it count?

    Maybe bring back the dual formula and make it a part of the national duals weekend?
    I recall one of the reasons they made the bouts unofficial, was an attempt to get more wrestlers to go. The thinking was they would be more willing to go if a lose wouldn't count against their record.

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