2019-2020 MacMurray Preview

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Team: MacMurray College
Head Coach: Graham Karwath
Years at School as Head Coach: 1st
Assistant Coaches: Jeffrey Haley, Conner Linehan, Conor Karwath

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2018-2019 Dual Meet Record: 2-4

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
Chad Grimm (Freshman, 3x Illinois State Place-winner, State Runner-up in 2019)
Nikolas Perovic (Sophomore, Transfer from Lindenwood University-Belleville, 5th at the NAIA American Midwest Conference Tournament)

Season Outlook:
First-year head coach Graham Karwath took over the MacMurray College Wrestling program in September after being named the Head Coach at Lindenwood University – Belleville in April. Lindenwood University – Belleville then announced that the school would be consolidating with Lindenwood University after the 2019-20 academic year, which left Karwath in a difficult position. The MacMurray position opened in late August after the resignation of Alberto Quiros, Karwath jumped at the opportunity to take over the program.

Karwath added a few transfers from Lindenwood University – Belleville which added depth to the small MacMurray College squad. The 2019-20 season will feature at least eight underclassmen in the starting lineup but Karwath will look for improvement from the beginning of the end of the year. “I want our guys to recognize their small improvements from the beginning of the season to the end if everyone improves then we will end up much better than we started,” says Karwath.

Karwath added two assistant coaches and one volunteer assistant coach for the upcoming season; Jeffrey Haley (NAIA All-American, 3x NAIA National Qualifier), Conner Linehan (2x NAIA National Qualifier), and Conor Karwath (U.S. Open Senior All-American in Greco-Roman). Karwath spoke about the wrestling staff: “I am very happy to have men that work hard every day towards a common goal, raising the level of our program.”