2015-2016 Alma Preview

Team: Alma College
Head Coach: Todd Hibbs
Years at School as Head Coach: 4
Career Record at Current School: 38-24
Assistant Coaches: Jeremiah Tobias (5th year) and Fletcher Roberts (4th year)

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2014-2015 Dual Meet Record: 17-5

2015 NCAA Qualifiers: Shawn Brewer (157), Jared Groeneveld (197), Trevor Maresh (285, 6th)

Returning NCAA Qualifiers (any year): Brewer, Maresh, Jamie Jakes (174, 2014)

Top Returning Starters:
157 – Shawn Brewer, Sr (2015 NQ)
165 – Taylor McPhail, So (16-7, Scholar All-American as Freshman)
174 – Travis Heller, So (19-8, Scholar All-American as Freshman)
184 – Caleb Huff, Sr (2015 4th in MW Regional)
197 – Jamie Jakes, Sr (2014 NQ @ 174; 2015 4th in MW Regional @ 174)
285 – Trevor Maresh, Sr (2015 All-American)

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
125 – Aaron Hoorn (South Lyon East), D2 8th Place
125/133 – Anthony Pizzo (Clawson), D3 8th Place
133/141 – Romeo Riley (Kalamazoo Central HS), D1 State Runner-Up
133/141 – Hunter Machus (Bronson HS/NCAA D2 Notre Dame), 4X State Placer
141 – Travis DeRossett (Carlson), D2 Regional Qualifier
149 – Evyn Bryant (Romeo), D1 Ranked Top 5 (Injured Senior Season)
149 – Jared Fleming (Williamston), D3 6th Place
149 – Stephan Orlando (St. Clair Shores), D2 7th Place
149 – Brock Mather (Avondale), D2 7th Place
157/165 – Dominic Adams (Birmingham Brother Rice), D1 State Qualifier
165 – Kevin Briscoe (Remus Chippewa Hills), D3 4th Place
165 – Mitch Franklin (Birch Run), D3 4th Place
174/184 – Brody Neeson (Kenowa Hills), D2 State Qualifier
285 – Joe Hernandez (Clewiston, Florida) D1 3rd Place

Season Outlook:
In year five of the program, the Scots have a number of upperclassmen with regional placement and national tournament experience in the upper weights. Shawn Brewer, Jamie Jakes and Trevor Maresh have all competed at NCAAs, and Caleb Huff was 4th at the Midwest Regional in 2015. There’s also depth, as several sophomores, juniors and seniors could provide breakout performances in a new season. This group has high goals both individually and as a team. Overall results may depend upon the leadership that those upperclassmen provide for the younger teammates in the lightweights. A tough schedule that will likely include several duals against the nation’s top ten squads could prepare the youthful lightweights for an end-of-season run with those veterans up top. Also, on-campus construction has begun on a new facility, and the Scots are hopeful of being a perennial contender in the always tough Midwest Regional.