2016-17 Wrestling
Record: 9-6 Home: 5-2 Away: 2-2 Neutral: 2-2 MWC: 0-0
2016-17 Wrestling Coaches
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Mike Duroe
Head Coach- 12th Season
Duroe, the 2009-10 Iowa Conference Coach of the Year and owner of the six winningest dual seasons in school history, enters his 12th season as Cornell College's head wrestling coach.
Duroe has fashioned a 130-86-2 dual mark on the Hilltop with 42 national qualifiers, 18 all-Americans, four NCAA finalists and one national champion. The Rams have reached 10 wins in nine of the past 11 seasons under Duroe, including the record-setting 15-9-1 club in 2005-06.

Duroe has brought Cornell wrestling back to national prominence, placing in the Top 20 at the NCAA Division III Championships seven times since 2007. His 2015-16 squad finished 10th in the NCAA team race with four qualifiers and two all-Americans. 

The 2013-14 team finished 11-5 in duals, took 16th at nationals and crowned the program's first NCAA champion since 1990 with 197-pounder Alex Coolidge, who also won two Central Region titles in a Ram singlet.

The 2011-12 Rams finished 11-4 in duals and were ranked as high as No. 5 in the NWCA Poll. Cornell qualified five wrestlers for nationals and crowned seven NWCA Scholar All-Americans, the most in Division III that season.  

Rams placed 17th at the 2011 national meet behind seven qualifiers and a pair of all-Americans. It marked the fifth year in a row Cornell crowned multiple all-Americans at nationals. The Rams finished the campaign 14-8-1 overall and 6-2 in IIAC duals. 
Duroe's 2009-10 squad placed 12th at nationals and landed two all-Americans. The team finished 14-11 in dual competition and scored a school-best third-place finish at the 2010 IIAC Championships while crowning a pair of conference champions.

The Rams etched back-to-back top-10 national finishes in 2007-08 (seventh) and 2008-09 (eighth), a feat not matched since the 1950 and 1951 seasons. Cornell crowned three all-Americans in 2009, led by national runner-up Nick Nothern. The Rams' seventh-place showing in 2008 marked the program's highest national finish since 1963. The 2007-2008 squad fielded four all-Americans, the most in a season in 58 years.

Duroe is an accomplished coaching figure at the collegiate, national and world levels. The Charles City native has been an assistant on the U.S. Men's Freestyle coaching staff in four Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) and also served as head coach of Guam's freestyle wrestling team at the 2008 Games in Beijing. He was a member of the U.S. coaching staff for the Pan American Games in 2003 and 2007 and was named Volunteer Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in 2006 and 2007.

Duroe coached the 2007 U.S. Pan American Games team which won seven medals, and was head coach of the U.S. Freestyle World Team in 2005 and 2006. He was head coach of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling Club from 2003-05 and selected USA Freestyle Coach of the Year in 2005.

Prior to coming to Cornell, Duroe was head coach at Northern Michigan University, head coach at New Trier (Ill.) High School, an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania and head coach of the Northwestern University Wildcat Wrestling Club.

At Northern Michigan from 1980-85, Duroe compiled an 82-27 record with 23 all-Americans and two NCAA champions. For two years he was in charge of the Northwestern Wildcat Wrestling Club before leading New Trier from 1986-98. From 1998-2001 Duroe was national resident coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He was the head assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 2001-03 before joining the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in 2003.

Duroe graduated from Drake University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in education. He was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain for the Bulldogs. Duroe competed four years on the U.S. National Team (1981-84) and was crowned National AAU Freestyle champion in 1983.
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Nick Nothern
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

Nothern, a three-time All-American and 2009 NCAA Division III finalist for the Rams, was hired on July 31, 2014, as the lead assistant on Mike Duroe’s wrestling staff.

Nothern, a Salina, Kan., native and 2010 Cornell graduate, served as assistant director of admission at Cornell during the 2013-14 academic year.

“I really wanted to get back into coaching and this is a great opportunity for me,” said Nothern, who stands sixth on the program’s modern-day list with 118 wins. “Coach Duroe and I have been in very close contact since I graduated. He’s been a mentor for me this whole time I’ve been away. I look forward to continue to learn from him.

“Wrestling is my passion. I feel lucky to be able to coach here at Cornell. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.”

Nothern is one of seven wrestlers in Cornell’s storied history to earn all-America honors three times in a career. He was an NCAA runner-up at 133 pounds as a junior. Nothern placed sixth at nationals in 2008, and fifth in 2010.

Nothern fashioned a 33-4 record during his senior season. He was Iowa Conference runner-up in 2008 and 2010. Nothern helped guide the Rams to top-10 NCAA team finishes in 2008 (seventh) and 2009 (eighth).

“Nick is an amazing competitor,” said Duroe, entering his 10th season at the helm. “The two things that stand out are his passion for the sport and his tremendous work ethic. Both qualities will steer him well as a coach.

“Nick relates well with student-athletes and has a strong ability to recruit. We’re extremely excited for him to continue to develop his skills in our program. He’s a bright young coach.”

Nothern earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Cornell, and received his master’s in higher education from Iowa State University in 2012.

Nothern spent the 2012-13 year as admissions representative and volunteer assistant at Bethany (Lindsborg, Kan.) College, where he coached one All-American. He was a graduate assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College (2010-12), landing four All-Americans and one national champion during that span.

Nothern resides in Cedar Rapids with his wife Beth, a 2010 Cornell graduate.

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Andrew Knaack
Assistant Coach- 12th Season
Knaack is in his 12th season as assistant coach at Cornell after a distinguished prep and collegiate wrestling career. 

Knaack graduated in 2001 from North Tama High School in Traer, where he was a two-time state qualifier for Gladbrook-Reinbeck North Tama (GRNT). He owns a high school record of 116-12 with a school-record 66 pins. Knaack placed fifth in Class 2A at 140 pounds in 2000.

A four-year letterwinner for Wartburg College, Knaack was a two-time NCAA national qualifier at 165 pounds. The Knights captured two national team titles and were runner-up twice. Knaack placed fourth in the Iowa Conference as a junior and third as a senior. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in fitness management.

Knaack and his wife Nicole have a son Kolt, 9.
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Kyle Burkle
Assistant Coach- 9th Season

Burkle, a native of Coggon, and a 2007 graduate of Upper Iowa University, is in his ninth season on Cornell's coaching staff.

Burkle was a student assistant coach at Upper Iowa during the 2006-07 season, in which the Peacocks placed eighth at the NCAA Division II National Championships and crowned one individual champion. He was a three-year starter at Upper Iowa, competing at 141 and 149 pounds.

During his sophomore year, Burkle was voted Upper Iowa's Most Valuable Wrestler and led the team in wins and pins. Burkle earned a bachelor's degree in criminology with a minor in psychology.

Burkle compiled a 158-10 career record at North-Linn High School, where he was a four-time state qualifier and three-time state finalist. He captured the Class 1A state title at 130 pounds in 2002. Burkle placed second at state in 2001 (130) and 2003 (135).

Matt Fields
Assistant Coach- 6th Season

Fields, a 2008 All-American heavyweight at the University of Iowa, is in his sixth season as an assistant on Mike Duroe’s coaching staff.

Fields, a native of Lowden, was a three-time Big Ten placewinner for the Hawkeyes and compiled a career record of 95-38. During his senior season, Fields finished 32-8, placed third at the Big Ten Championships and took fifth at the NCAA Championships. He was named the team’s Most Improved Wrestler and also honored with the J. Donald McPike award, presented to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average.

Fields posted a 24-12 collegiate record in both his junior and freshman seasons, while going 15-6 during his sophomore year which was cut short due to an injury. He took fourth at the Big Ten Championships in 2007, and fifth in 2005. 

Fields earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa in health and sports studies.

Fields finished a distinguished prep career at North Cedar 137-11, going undefeated as a junior (44-0) and senior (22-0). He won back-to-back state championships and placed second as a sophomore.

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Brent Hamm
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season
Lauren Louive
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season