2012-2013 Olivet Preview

Olivet College Comets (Midwest Region)
Head Coach: Brandon Brissette
Years at school as head coach: 4th
Career record at school: 40-18-1
Assistant Coaches: Jeff Therrian (7th year), Kyle Weisenberger (2nd year), Brian Boudro (1st), Justin Leonard (1st), and Jake Blackmer (1st)

2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 21-5
2011-2012 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Robbie Bidlingmaier (125), James Myers 2xAA (165, 6th), Trevor Tyler (174), Justin Leonard (197), and Logan Renas (285)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: James Myers and Logan Renas

Top returning starters:
Kam Olsen (16-16), Midwest Regional Runner-Up @ 133
Kenny Richmond (24-14), 2x Midwest Regional Runner-Up @141
Gage Pederson (34-10), Midwest Regional 2nd @149
Dan Fleet (15-16), Midwest Regional 6th place @ 157
James Myers (25-9), 2x AA(6th) @ 165
Josh Crawford (23-18), 4th at Midwest Regional
Logan Renas (23-10), National Qualifier @285.

Top incoming wrestlers:
Nick Africano
Nick Baker 3rd in MI
Bryce Baase
Eric Boyd
Dan Croft 8th in MI
Corey Decker 3rd in MI
Pat Eldred 6th in MI
Yousef El-Sayed
Scott Flowers State Champ in MI
Evan Hoshaw 4th in MI
Garrett Hyatt State Champ in MI
Tom Hall 3rd in MI
Tyler Kuch 8th in MI
Anthony Long 8th in MI
Seth Manshum 3rd in MI
Lantz Miller 2nd in MI
Eddie Nuttall 3rd in MI
James Pace
Ryan Pinnell
Alejandro Reid
Zach Robertson
Greg Sebastian 3rd in MI
Charles Sovel 6th in MI
Eric Tokarski
Justin Tomasek 2nd in MI
Jake Weissend State Champ in MI
John Wernette

Season outlook:
Olivet continues to put a deep and strong team on the mat year after year, and 2012-2013 should be no exception. After taking five to the NCAA Championships last year, they return two of those, including the second semester return of 2x All-American James Myers at 165. Regional placewinners are back at four other weights as well with Kenny Richmond and Gage Pederson both narrowly missing the tournament last season. Josh Crawford (4th Midwest at 184) and Logan Renas (NQ at 285) are both planning to move down a weight now that national qualifiers Trevor Tyler and Justin Leonard have graduated. The incoming class is large and filled with Michigan high school state placewinners that will be working to fill in where seniors have left and challenge the incumbents for starting spots.