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2012-2013 Hunter Preview

Published on November 9, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

Hunter College Hawks (East Region)
Head Coach: Michael Simmon-Pappadakos
Years at School as head coach: 4th
Career Record at school: 21-35
Assistant Coaches: Chris Mazzatta 3rd Season (Campbell University), Josef Waples 2nd Season (St. Olaf College)

2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 10-8
2011-2012 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Musa DeReese (197)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Musa DeReese

Top returning starters:
Chris Gogatz (4th Metros 2010)
Kenny Albert (19-11 4th Monarch, 5th Fall Brawl, 3rd Will Abel)
Brady Kwong (6th NY College States)
Luke Pragdatt (18-14 2nd Fall Brawl, 4th Will Abel, 5th in Metros)
Thor McHugh (11-10 6th Monarach, 3rd Fall Brawl)
Alan Djovic (5th Fall Brawl, 8th NY College States, 5th in Metros)
Musa DeReese (30-7 2nd Monarch Invitational, 2nd NY College States, 3rd in Metros, National Qualifieound of 12) Leon Bodden (26-13, 4th Will Abel, 8th NY College States, 5th in Metros)

Top incoming wrestlers:
Jesse Bader Calhoun (45-3, 2nd Section 8)
Jayden Rice Bethlehem Catholic (107-38, 2nd Regionals, 2nd in District 11, 6th PA)
Patryck Kopincyski Brooklyn Tech (115-34, 2x Section 12 Champion, 4th NYS, 4th at PopFlo Nat’ls)
Curtis Bernadeau Canarsie (NYS Qualifier)
Dennis Melendez Sewanhaka West (2x Section 8 Placewinner)
Dan Maddock West Hampton Bays (60-30)

Season outlook:
The Hawks looks to continue their momentum into the 2012-2013 season in the East Regoin after finishing a tough dual meet schedule at 10-8.┬áThe Hawks placed 8 wrestlers in the Metropolitan Conference Tournament finishing 5th ahead of perennial powerhouses Delaware Valley and The College of New Jersey. Although the Hawks will miss Sean Messina and Matt Cartusciello they have reloaded their lineup with a talented recruiting class led by Brooklyn’s own Patryk Kopczynski and Bethlehem Catholics Jayden Rice. A strong senior class including Musa De’Reese and Chris Gogatz coupled with many other strong returning starters and backups give the Hawks the depth and talent they need to improve their dual meet record and return to the NCAAs for their 3rd straight season.

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