University of Mount Union Purple Raiders
Head Coach: Mark Hawald (John Carroll ’05)
Years at School as head coach: 5th Season
Career Record: 32-22
Assistant Coaches: Bill Schindel (Mount Union ’11); Mark Hawald Sr. (John Carroll ’77); Sean Dreger (Mount Union ’09); Rich Eslich (John Carroll ’99)
2010-2011 Dual Meet Record: 14-0 (1st OAC, 8th NCAA)
2010-2011 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Riki Reynolds (6th at 125), Josh Malave (NQ at 141), Andy Jenkins (NQ at 184), Bill Schindel (3rd at 197), Derick Hesson (5th at 285)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Reynolds, Malave, Jenkins, Hesson
Top returning starters:
125 – Riki Reynolds (JR) – 6th at NCAAs
141 – Josh Malave (SR) – National Qualifier
149 – Kevin Shadrach (SR) – 2nd at OACs
157 – Joe Spooner (SR) – 2nd at OACs
184 – Andy Jenkins (SR) – National Qualifier
285 – Derick Hesson (SR) – 5th at NCAAs
Top incoming wrestlers:
Ohio State Placewinners Al Caserta (141), Dom Barlow (149), Jon Garrison (157), Chad Zeigler (165), Joe Monroe (184).
South Carlolina State placewinner Brody Bertolini (125).
Georgia State Placewinner Tim Reynolds (141)
Ohio State Qualifier Ben Kazimer (141)
Illinois State Qualifier Bryant Roby (133)
With only two seniors lost to graduation, the Purple Raiders are well-situated to defend last year’s OAC title and could even improve on their 8th place finish at the NCAA championships. Replacing All-American Bill Schindel and his team points will be tough, but getting four out of five NCAA qualifiers back in 2011-2012 will surely help. Reynolds and Hesson wrestled great tournaments to place in the top six, while Jenkins and Malave will hope to take that next step and wrestle on the last Saturday of the year. A pair of OAC runners-up in Shadrach and Spooner are aiming one spot higher on the podium to ensure a trip to La Crosse. 2011 d3wrestle.com Coach of the Year Mark Hawald has brought in his usual passel of Ohio state placewinners, and Mount Union looks like a formidable foe in 2012.