2017-18 Wrestling
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2017-18 Wrestling Coaches
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Mike Duroe
Head Coach- 13th Season
Duroe is the winningest coach in Cornell's storied wrestling history and owner of the program's top six dual win seasons.  
Since his arrival in 2005-06, Duroe has fashioned a 139-92-2 dual mark with 44 national qualifiers, 19 all-Americans, five NCAA finalists and one national champion. The Rams have reached 10 wins in nine of the 12 seasons under Duroe, including the record-setting 15-9-1 club in his initial campaign.

Duroe has brought Cornell wrestling back to national prominence, placing in the Top 20 at the NCAA Division III Championships eight 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. The Rams finished the campaign 14-8-1 overall and 6-2 in IIAC duals. 
Duroe was tabbed Iowa Conference Coach of the Year during the 2009-10 season, when the Rams 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. 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 six Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) 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 has served on the Team USA coaching staff for the Senior World and/or Junior World Championships every year since 1993. He 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. Duroe continues to assist on the coaching staff for Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

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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Brent Hamm
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

Former Ram standout Brent Hamm was elevated to head assistant coach on Mike Duroe's Cornell staff in June 2017.

Hamm, a two-time NCAA qualifier for the Rams, served as a part-time assistant at his alma mater for two seasons.

“We are extremely thrilled to have Brent Hamm as a full-time member of the Cornell wrestling family,” Duroe said. “Brent’s expertise and passion for the sport of wrestling are unmatched. He has a tireless work ethic that made him a strong competitor wrestling for the Rams. His ability to engage with prospective student-athletes is extremely high and will definitely benefit our recruiting efforts.” 

Hamm, a two-time team captain for the Rams, compiled 90 victories over his four-year collegiate career from 2011-15. The Iowa City native competed at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2014 and 2015, and was a four-time regional placewinner, winning the Central Region 174-pound title in 2015.

Hamm was a three-time NWCA Scholar All-American and member of the Dean’s List. He earned team Most Dedicated, Most Valuable and Most Improved awards during his time in a Ram singlet.

Hamm received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Cornell in 2015.

Hamm has been head coach of Lisbon Matpack Wrestling Club since November 2015. He was a personal trainer at GRIT Gym in Iowa City for two years (2015-17).

Hamm has served as a baseball umpire since 2012, working high school and collegiate games.

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Andrew Knaack
Assistant Coach- 13th Season
Knaack is in his 13th 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, 10.
Matt Fields
Assistant Coach- 7th Season

Fields, a 2008 All-American heavyweight at the University of Iowa, is in his seventh 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.

Michael Maksimovic
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
Kenny Anderson
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
Lauren Louive
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season