Hall of Fame Cornell Coach Mike Duroe dies of brain cancer

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Hall of Fame wresting coach Mike Duroe, the winningest coach in Cornell College history, died Friday of brain cancer at the age of 63.

Duroe coached for 38 years at the high school and college level. In January, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Iowa Chapter presented him with its Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award.

“We lost a Giant in the sport of wrestling today,” said Cornell Athletics Director Keith Hackett. “Mike Duroe was without question one of the finest and most dedicated men in the sport at any level. He developed love of the sport in hundreds, if not thousands, of young athletes and taught them as much about leading a good and successful life as he did about the sport of wrestling. We will all miss him very much.”

Duroe is survived by his partner Lisa Ikola and children Benson and Adyson.