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MOUNT VERNON – Brent Hamm will maintain his title as Interim Head Coach of Cornell College's wrestling program for the 2018-19 season, it was announced Saturday by Director of Athletics Keith Hackett.

Hamm, a 2015 Cornell graduate and two-time NCAA qualifier for the Rams, has been on Cornell's coaching staff the past three seasons. The Iowa City native served as the team's head assistant coach during the 2017-18 season.

Hamm takes over Cornell's storied program for legendary coach Mike Duroe, who passed away July 6 after a nine-month battle with cancer.

"During the past eight months I have watched Brenton Hamm grow as a leader and coach under challenging circumstances," Hackett said. "Brenton did an exceptional job of leading our wrestling team when Coach Duroe was going through medical treatments. After all things were considered, my decision was that Brenton had earned the opportunity to continue in this role for the 2018-19 academic year. He is a very capable and committed young coach who will do an outstanding job."

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