2012-2013 USMMA Preview

United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (East Region)
Head Coach: Greg Ilaria
Years at School as head coach: 5
Career Record at school: 39 – 9
Assistant Coaches: Beau Bruno

2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 7-8
2011-2012 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Erik Schott (184)

Top returning starters:
133 Thomas Healey SO 8-18 Record 2012
149 Bernard Watson SO 9-15 Record 2012
157 Branden Yeik SO 8-9 Record 2012
165 Josh Miller JR 4th Place Centennial Conference Championships
174 Sam Fry JR 7-5 Record 2012
197 Tyler Russell JR 20 – 12 record 2012, 3rd place York College invitite, 4th Place Centennial Conference
285 Tim Axelsson SR

Top incoming wrestlers:
125 Mike Mui FR 3x MA ALL State Champion, New England 2nd,3rd place, 2012 NHSCA All American
125 Costas Rerras FR
133 John Eady FR 3xTN State Place winner
141 Matt Watson FR 3 x FL State place winner – 3rd, 4th, 4th
184 Ricky Fisher FR 2012 TN State Champion (Father Ryan HS)

Season Outlook:
USMMA saw a streak of four straight conference championships come to an end last year after an outstanding senior class graduated in 2011. This year, they continue the rebuilding process with some returning starters and a good freshman class. The Mariners return a pair of Centennial placewinners in Josh Miller and Tyler Russell at 165 and 197 and several other lineup veterans. Some new firepower will come from an incoming class featuring multiple state placewinners and state champs like MA champ Mike Mui at 125 TN champ Ricky Fisher at 184. Other freshmen will likely find their way into the starting lineup as the team works to improve on last year’s fifth place conference finish.