Messiah 2017 Preview

Team: Messiah College
Head Coach: Bryan Brunk
Years at School as Head Coach: 14
Career Record at Current School: 184-105
Assistant Coaches: Craig Hogan, Ben Kramer, Greg Kabakjian, Kaleb Loht

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2016-2017 Dual Meet Record: 18-3

2017 NCAA Qualifiers: Lucas Malmberg (125, 1st), Ben Swarr (174, 2nd), Larry Cannon (165, 4th), Kyle Koser (197, 7th), Derek Beitz (184), Hunter Harris (133)

Returning NCAA Qualifiers: 133 Hunter Harris, 165 Jeff Hojnacki (AA-2016), 174 Ben Swarr, 184 Derek Beitz, 197 Kyle Koser

Top Returning Starters:
133 Hunter Harris – NCAA Qualifier, NCAA falls leader
165 Jeff Hojnacki – 6th NCAA 2016
174 Ben Swarr – 3x NCAA Qualifier, 2016 NCAA Champ, 2017 2nd
184 Derek Beitz – NCAA Qualifier
197 Kyle Koser – 7th NCAA

Top Incoming Wrestlers: 157 Kevin Edwards- PIAA State 6th, 157 Brian Shermeyer- PIAA State 8th, 133 Ka’au Estrella- HI State 5th, 157 Matt Pangle- CT State Champ, 5th New England

Season Outlook:
Messiah will be led by a strong senior contingent with five wrestlers have NCAA National Tournament experience. The rest of the lineup will be a mix of newcomers and veterans. Expectations are high for another competitive season.