2013-2014 Manchester Preview

Manchester LogoManchester University Spartans
Head Coach: Matt Burlingame
Years at School as head coach: 7
Career Record at school: 11-61
Assistant Coaches: Jordan Knudsen, Matt Palladino

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2012-2013 Dual Meet Record: 1-15

Top returning starters:
133: Kalib Jackson (SO) 16-12
141: Josh Juarez (SO) 7-26
197: Ray Wajda (SO) 5th MSU Open, 8th Spartan Mat Classic
285: Jason Pedigo (SR) 10-17

Top incoming wrestlers:
125: Alan Mock, 2x Indiana State Qualifier
125: David Melendez, Michigan state qualifier
149: Rob Lane, 2nd Illinois state
157: Collin Wise, Ohio State alternate
165: Dylan Lauffer, Ohio state qualifier
174: Logan Floor, Indiana state qualifier
174: Kody Jones, 2x Indiana semi-state qualifier
184: Sam Kitson, Virginia state qualifier
184: Brian Clark, Indiana semi-state qualifier
197: Ty Webster, Indiana state qualifier
285: Austin Davis, 2x Indiana semi-state qualifier

Season outlook:
The Spartans will be led by senior heavyweight Jason Pedigo. Pedigo has made steady improvements in his development and looks finish his career with a strong senior campaign. Sophomore 133-pounder Kalib Jackson was 16-12 last year but finished the season strong. Jackson is a dual-sport athlete and started the season late because of football. Through January and February he avenged several early losses and could be in the mix in the Midwest Regional. After losing five seniors to graduation last spring, Manchester will be green in 2013-2014. The Spartans will fill seven weights with freshmen. Despite their youth, this group of freshmen are talented and one of the best recruiting classes for Manchester in the last 4 years. Illinois state runner-up Rob Lane will highlights this group and will likely earn the spot at 149. There will be great competition at 165 and174 as the Lauffer, Floor, and Jones battle for starting roles. Indiana state qualifier Ty Webster will help solidify the top of the line-up as well.