2013-2014 Wilkes Preview

Wilkes University Colonels
Head Coach: Jon Laudenslager
Years at School as Head Coach: 11th season
Career Record: 154-69-5
Assistant Coaches: Mitchell Marcks, Ryan Wilson, Anthony Dattolo


2012-13 Dual Meet Record: 19-3
2012-13 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Mark Hartenstine (149), Kris Krawchuk (157, 2nd), Matthew Transue (197), William Fletcher (285)

Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Michael Fleck (125, 2012), Mark Hartenstine (149), Kris Krawchuk (157), Matthew Transue (197), William Fletcher (285)

Top Returning Starters:
125 – Michael Fleck – injured last season, NQ 2012, school record for overall wins in a season (37)
125 – Guesseppe Rea (30-11; 5th in the East Regional)
133 – Myzar Mendoza (29-8; 6th in East Regional)
149 – Mark Hartenstine (22-4; 2nd in East Regional; NQ)
157 – Kris Krawchuk (29-4; 2nd in East Regional; National Runner-Up)
165 – Mason McIntyre (9-1, 3rd in Wilkes Open)
174 – Chase Martino (15-9; 2nd in Messiah Open)
184 – Eric Bach (18-10; 5th in East Regional)
197 – Matthew Transue (25-11; 3rd in East Regional; NQ)
285 – William Fletcher (21-11; 3rd East Regional; NQ)

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
174 – Kyle Diesel (transfer from USMAA)
141/149 – Sam Tareky (New Jersey state qualifier)
141 – Pankil Chander (134-24 career record in New York state)
157 – Mark Maloney (PA state qualifier)
184 – Jake Brook (New Jersey state qualifier)
197 – Evan Heffron (PA state qualifier)
165 – Jim McNally (PA regional qualifier)
174 – Tyler Schell (PA state qualifier)
133 – Edwin Fiscal (New Jersey regional qualifier)
125 – Nicholas Polimeni (New Jersey District Champion)
141 – Ricky Schweickhard (New York sectional place-winner)
174 – Alex Pullen (Maryland Runner-Up)
133/141 – Jake DiMarsico (New York state qualifier)

Season Outlook:
Wilkes returns five national qualifiers and a list of talented freshman/transfers that will add depth to the Colonel lineup in 2013-14. Kris Krawchuk was the East Region runner-up last year, but he followed that up with a matching runner-up finish at the national tournament. He will be back in the lineup in January. Mark Hartenstine was the #3 seed in Cedar Rapids and also returns. The Colonels were selected to participate in the National Duals in Iowa in early January and will get a good test against the nation’s best teams. Wilkes is currently on a 19 match winning streak they they hope to continue when they host the John Reese Duals the second week of the season.