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Minnesota’s J Rob, Edinboro’s Flynn share 2014 InterMat Coach of the Year honors

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Two great college wrestling coaches – J Robinson of the University of Minnesota, and Tim Flynn of Edinboro University – share a number of major accomplishments… and both are at the helm of incredibly successful mat programs.

The two coaches now also share InterMat Coach of the Year honors for 2014, the amateur wrestling website announced Wednesday.

It’s the first time either coach has earned this honor… and the first time since 2006 that InterMat has had two finalists tie in voting for its Coach, Freshman and Wrestler of the Year awards, with results based on votes of the writers and management at InterMatWrestle.com.

Flynn and Robinson each received a total of 61 votes, including four first-place votes each. In third place with 47 votes – including two first-place ballots – was Cael Sanderson, head coach at 2014 NCAA Division I team titlewinner Penn State. Virginia Tech’s Kevin Dresser came in fourth in the InterMat balloting, with 26 votes. Just one vote separated fifth-place Doug Schwab of Northern Iowa, and sixth-place John Smith of Oklahoma State, with 13 and 12 votes, respectively.

Flynn's Fighting Scots posted their best season ever at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, placing fifth in the team title race with 62 points. Robinson's Golden Gophers won their third straight 2014 National Duals title, and finished runner-up at the NCAAs to Penn State.

This is the third and final college award announced by InterMat, following Friday’s news that Penn State’s David Taylor had been named the website’s 2014 Wrestler of the Year, and Tuesday’s announcement that Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern is Freshman of the Year.

Want to know more? For a complete list of coaches receiving votes for 2014 InterMat Coach of the Year -- as well as past winners -- click here.

Take a look back: For all College Wrestling Examiner articles on the 2014 NCAAs, click here... and check out Mat Bracketology, College Wrestling Examiner's weight-by-weight analysis of seeded wrestlers, by clicking on the Mat Bracketology link.

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