2012-2013 Loras Preview

Loras College Duhawks (Central Region)
Head Coach: Randy Steward
Years at School as head coach: 20th
Assistant Coaches: Ryan Birt, Erik Hanson, Jay Figgins, Jordan Loy, Willie Slayden, Rick Casarez, Josh Kirkland, Rick Healey

2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 7-12
2011-2012 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Joe Wood (4th, 149)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Wood, Stephan Birt (174, 2011)

Top returning starters:
133 Matt Homes – 5th IIAC
149 Joe Wood – 4th NCAA
174 Stephen Birt – 2011 NCAA Qualifier
174 Joe Butler – 23-18

Top incoming wrestlers: Click to View

Season outlook:
Loras brings a young team with 27 incoming freshman into 2012-2013, so there is a lot of hope for the future. In the present, the team should be led by a pair of NCAA qualifiers in Stephan Birt, a 2011 qualifier back from a year away, and Joe Wood, who surprised many with his run to an IIAC title and 4th place finish at the NCAA Championships in March. Loras is also set to host the first Central Region championship in head coach Randy Steward’s 20th season at the helm.