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JHU Johns Hopkins logoJohns Hopkins University
Head Coach:
 Keith Norris
Years at School as head coach:
 10th Season
Career Record at school:
Assistant Coaches:

 James Gillispie, Marco Priolo, David Kraus

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2013-2014 Dual Meet Record:
2013-2014 National Qualifiers and All-Americans:
 Paul Bewak (125, 7th), Henry Stauber (141,6th)

Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans:

 Paul Bewak (Sr.) – 125 (3x qualifier • 7th place in 2012 & 2014)

Top returning starters:
Paul Bewak (Sr. – 125) – 2012 & 2013 Centennial Conference Champion, 7th place at NCAA Championships (2012 & 2014)
Jared Forman (So. – 174) – 4th place at 2014 Centennial Championships
Evan Johnson (Sr. – 184/197) – 42-57 at multiple weight classes over last three seasons, 4th place at 2014 Centennial Champs
Christian Salera (Sr. – 157) – 2nd place at 2013 & 2014 Centennial Championships, 6th place at 2014 NCAA East Regional

Top incoming wrestlers:
Tommy Grifa 149 169-23 career record at Silver Lake Regional (MA) – State Champion
Connor Joyce 141/149 County Champion and Regional/State runner-up – 126-44 career record
Christian Vallis 133 3x place winner at National Prep Championships

Season outlook:
Johns Hopkins should once again battle for a spot in the top half of the Centennial Conference standings as several returnees will team with a talented group of newcomers to form the nucleus of head coach Keith Norris’ 10th team at Homewood.

The headliner for the Blue Jays will once again be senior 125 Paul Bewak, who returns for his final season as a two-time All-American, two-time Centennial Conference champion and with a career record of 100-18. Bewak has a pair of seventh-place NCAA finishes on his resume and could challenge the Centennial Conference career record for victories (141).

Classmate Christian Salera is Johns Hopkins’ other most accomplished returnee as he has a pair of Centennial Conference runner-up finishes at 157 to his credit and is looking to break through with a trip to the NCAA Championships after a sixth-place regional showing a year ago.

Other key returning members of the team include seniors Evan Johnson (184/197) and Welles Sakmar (165), who have 60 career combined victories to their credit. In addition, juniors Joey Tilson (285) and Evan Krumheuer (133) and sophomores Alex McLaughlin (149) and Jared Forman (174) are back and should all hold down spots in the lineup. Tilson has been JHU’s main man at 285 for the last two years and has 23 wins to his credit in that time.

For the Blue Jays to remain among the Centennial Conference elite, they will need to fill three big holes in the lower half of the lineup as Ray Yagloski (133), Duncan Crystal (141) and Henry Stauber (149) graduated last May and took their 237 career wins with them.