2015-2016 Roger Williams Preview

RWU HawkTeam: Roger Williams University
Head Coach: Jon Egan
Years at School as Head Coach: 5
Career Record at Current School: 66-14
Assistant Coaches: Tim Ferreira, Scott Pellerin, Arthur Pellerin, Corey Brown


2014-2015 Dual Meet Record: 18-1

2015 NCAA Qualifiers: Ty Herzog (157), Francisco Colom (165), Daniel Ressler (174), David Welch (197), Kyle Foster (285)

Returning NCAA Qualifiers (any year): Herzog, Colom, Ressler, Welch (7th, 2014), Foster

Top Returning Starters:
125 Nicholas Barbaria – 6th Northeast Region, 25-14
133 Matt Elias 21-18
141 Justin Cochran, 27-14
149 Daniel Downes 6th Northeast Regional, 25-13
157 Ty Herzog NCAA qualifier, 41-14
165 Francisco Colom NCAA qualifier, 33-6
174 Daniel Ressler NCAA qualifier, Regional Champion, 32-6
184 Joe Albina 24-10
197 David Welch 7th in NCAA’s, 2x NCAA qualifier, 35-4
285 Kyle Foster NCAA qualifier, 30-5

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
125 Collin Cardoso – 2x RI State Champion, 3rd in New England
133 Jean-Luc Lemieux – New England Champion
141 James Knoeller – NJ State Qualifier
197 Connor Humphries – New England Finalist
197 Adam Patsun 3rd in CT
285 Alex Millen RI State Champion

Season Outlook:
The Hawks look to have another strong year under Coach Egan as the Hawk return 5 NCAA qualifiers in Herzog, Colom, Ressler, Welch and Foster. The team looks to win its third straight New England Championship, its fourth straight Pilgrim League Title and a Regional Title. Nicholas Barbaria and Daniel Downes are also returning placers in the region, both taking 6th. With the Hawks graduating eleven seniors this year, the goals are set high. In addition to seven returning Regional placers, Joe Albina and Justin Cochran look to get on the podium as well.

The Hawks also return a number Academic All-Americans who look to repeat in the 2015-16 season – Nicholas Barbaria, Daniel Downes, Ty Herzog, Francisco Colom, Dan Ressler, Zach Marcoulier, Chris Cornwell and Kyle Foster.

There have been some strong additions to the roster as New England Champion, Jean-Luc Lemieux looks to make a splash at 133. New England finalist, Connor Humphries, will also add some depth at 197. James Knoeller will make some noise at 141 and Adam Patsun will be a solid 197/285 for the Hawks. Collin Cardoso and Alex Millen add depth at the bookends at 125 and 285 and were both Rhode Island state champions last year.

The Hawks have also made some significant additions to the schedule. The team will be traveling to Indiana this season for the National Duals. The team also has an exciting tri-meet with Harvard and Brown on the schedule. Finally, the Hawks will head to the WIlkes Open and York Invite to truly test the squad.