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From the Sun archives: July 24, 2008 Cornell coach works overtime in Beijing
October 12, 2017

Editor's note: News from our sister paper of an 11-year-old national wrestling champ (see Musings on page A4) was a reminder of Cornell College wrestling coach Mike Duroe's work as head coach of Guam's women's Olympic wrestling team.

Duroe did double duty in 2008; he also served as an assistant with the U.S. men's team.

Duroe draws dual duties

Cornell College head wrestling coach Mike Duroe will take part in his fourth Olympics as a national freestyle coach at the 2008 Olympic Games next month in Beijing.

Duroe will serve as a volunteer assistant coach on the U.S. Men's Freestyle Wrestling Team. He is also the head coach of Guam's Freestyle Wrestling Team, which is represented by a single female athlete.

"Anytime as a coach you have an opportunity to coach at an Olympic level, it's not only a thrill but also a great honor," said Duroe, who also was on the U.S. coaching staff in 1996, 2000 and 2004. "I'll be doing double duty this year, working with the U.S. and Guam."

Duroe, the United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007, was appointed Guam's head coach in May. He will coach Maria Dunn, who is Guam's first female athlete to ever qualify for the Olympic Games. Dunn, 22, is a junior at the University of Hawaii and will wrestle at 63 kilograms in the women's freestyle competition Aug. 17 at China Agricultural University Gymnasium.

Dunn has trained with Duroe the past few months in Iowa City and Mount Vernon. They recently returned from the first training camp June 30-July 12 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The second training session is July 20-31 in Colorado Springs.

Duroe will work on the U.S. Men's Freestyle staff with coaches Kevin Jackson, Kerry McCoy, Lee Kemp and Steve Silver. The U.S. freestyle roster features Henry Cejudo (55 kg), Doug Schwab (66 kg), Ben Askren (74 kg), Andy Hrovat (84 kg), Daniel Cormier (96 kg) and Steve Mocco (120 kg). The men's freestyle competition is Aug. 19-21.

Duroe will depart for Beijing on Aug. 5. The opening ceremony is Aug. 8 and closing ceremony Aug. 24.

Duroe completed his third coaching season at Cornell last March. He led the Rams to a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships, marking the program's highest national finish since 1963. Cornell crowned four All-Americans for the first time in 58 years.

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