2012-2013 Wartburg Preview

Wartburg College Knights (Central Region)
Head Coach: Jim Miller & Eric Keller
Years at School as head coach:  Miller-22; Keller- 3
Career Record at school: Miller (394-34-2); Keller (38-2)
Assistant Coaches: Chris Ortner, Chris Smith, Jason Zastrow, Carrington Banks, Todd Becker

Twitter: @Wartburgwrestle

2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 19-1 (lost on tiebreaker to Wisconsin)
2011-2012 National Qualifiers and All-Americans:

Kenny Anderson
Kodie Silvestri
Drew Wagenhoffer
Landon Williams
Bradley Banks
Dylan Azinger
Byron Tate
Ryan Fank
NCAA National Champion
NCAA National Champion
6th NCAA
NCAA National Champion
NCAA Runner-up
4th NCAA
NCAA National Champion
4th NCAA

Tommy Mirocha, Cole Welter other two NCAA qualifiers.
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Anderson, Mirocha, Silvestri, Waggenhoffer, Welter, Williams, Azinger, Fank

Top returning starters:
Kenny Anderson  NCAA Champion  125/33
Kodie Silvestri  NCAA Champion  141/149
Landon Williams  NCAA Champion  165
Tommy Mirocha  NCAA All American 133 (2011)
Drew Wagenhoffer  NCAA All American  149/57
Dylan Azinger  NCAA All American  174/84 (2nd semester)
Ryan Fank  NCAA ALL American  HWT
Cole Welter NCAA Qualifier

Top incoming wrestlers:Nick Michael Holy Cross High School New Orleans LA:  4X State Champion/ Preseason Nationals All American  149/57
Dexter Bass New Orleans LA  State Champion  133
Gerard Roman  New Orleans  LA  State Champion/Runnerup  184
Landon Shea Janesville WI  State Champion  125/33
Mark Weber Gilbertville  IA  State Champion  149/57
Nick Fuller Independence  IA  State Champion  174

Season Outlook:
Wartburg ran away and hid with the 2012 NCAA Championship, putting  five in the finals and coming away with four champs to go along with three other All-Americans. Scarily, that team returns eight starters, losing only 3x NCAA Champ Byron Tate and 2x runner-up Bradley Banks. Head Coach Jim Miller has announced that this year will be his last before handing the reigns completely over to co-head coach Eric Keller, and he has a team that is poised to send him out with another NCAA Championship trophy. There is some likely shuffling going on in the lineup, as Anderson, Mirocha, Silvestri, and Waggenhoffer may all move up a weight this year, and that could create a logjam at 157 with All-American Waggenhoffer and qualifier Welter set to battle for the spot right below returning champ Landon Williams. It is a formidable lineup that will be very hard to beat in a dual or tournament setting.