Mike Grey(Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
It didn't take long for Cornell to fill its head coaching void after Rob Koll departed for Stanford. They didn't have to look far either. Associate Head Coach Mike Grey has been named head coach of the Big Red. Grey has been with the Cornell program since 2006 as an athlete and later coach.
Grey made history in New Jersey by becoming its first four-time state champion. At Cornell, Grey was a two-time EIWA champion and two-time All-American. Grey was an integral part of a team that finished second in the nation in 2010 and 2011.
Upon completion of his collegiate career, Grey stepped into the coaching ranks and was named a volunteer assistant. In 2019, he was named Associate Head Coach.
Grey has worked closely with Cornell's talented crop of lightweights, including Vito Arujau (Olympic Trials runner-up) and Yianni Diakomihalis (two-time NCAA champion). Both have experienced success in freestyle while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. Cornell also finished third in the nation in our recent recruiting class rankings. Grey certainly was instrumental in those efforts and that should continue as he assumes the head coaching role.
Keeping Grey on staff will certainly maintain the continuity for a program that recently lost assistant coach Gabe Dean and now Koll. Cornell has the potential to return a team that should contend for an NCAA team trophy and possibly threaten Iowa and Penn State. In addition to Arujau and Diakomihalis, the Big Red returns All-American Ben Darmstadt and a whole stable of highly-regarded freshmen.