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Bill Koll

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Dad's roommate at Iowa Teachers ... Dad from the Air force. Leland and 1 other guy in the same room. Originally built for 2 guys, yet the returning Vet's overwhelmed the schools. Dad became Bill's unofficial Medical Trainer, and drove Mrs. Koll to the NCAA's one year.

 

What a deal !!! The war is over, and the "kids" can return to a "normal" life.

 

PS: We lost Dad this spring. He would have been 90. Was AD for the Seattle School District. 4-5 families came out together from Iowa after they got there Teaching Certificates.

 

Bill had learned some German in school and picked up some more as he walked his way across Europe. Once he got back, and in school ... He would sneak up on the guys in the shower rooms, and start barking at them in German. It freaked them out !! Mom said, that Bill was a fun guy, except on days he had a match. He would start a slow burn, and by Match time, he was outright mean. Brutal.

 

During the whole war, he came through unscathed. Except, on some obscure bridge when his toes were run over by a transport truck or something like that, and broke a few toes.

 

Tom Brokow's greatest generation.

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Bill Koll and Port Robertson the legendary OU coach were both on Omaha Beach on D-Day. I had an uncle who was on Omaha Beach on D-D2, he said he made sure people understood he wasn't there on D-Day as he saw how much carnage had occurred.

 

I met Bill Koll once when OU had a dual at Penn State. Of of his former wrestlers said if you really wanted to become good he'd really help you, if you didn't have that drive needed he wasn't going to push you to that limit.

 

I flew in combat, but I never faced flak like the WWII pilots did flying over Europe. We all owe them a debt of gratitude.

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So many college wrestlers think they are tough. They don't know tough. Those guys who hit the beaches at Normandy know tough. Those guys who made it through the jungle in Vietnam know tough. Those guys fighting the Taliban in an environment where it is 100 degrees know tough.

 

A guy who sports a cauliflower ear and tattoos who thinks he's tough ain't tough.

 

Bill Koll was TOUGH!

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Back then you could "Slam" a guy to the mat. Bill often did so ... And would wiggle the guy down on the mat, so he could get the pin, instead of injury time out. He wanted to make it like the guy was still awake.

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