2021-2022 Waynesburg Preview

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Team: Waynesburg University
Head Coach: Ron Headlee
Years at School as Head Coach: 13
Career Record at Current School: 128-87-1
Assistant Coaches: Gennaro Bonaventura, John Yates

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2020-21 Dual Meet Record: 1-0

Returning NCAA Qualifiers, NCAA All-Americans, and NWCA Placewinners:
Rocky McGeary, 2020 NCAA qualifier

Top Returning Starters:
Rocky McGeary, Jr., 285, 2020 PAC Champion, 2020 Regional Champion, 2020 NCAA Division III National Qualifier
Colby Morris, Jr., 165-174, 2020 PAC Champion
Harley Constable, Jr., 133-141, 2020 PAC Runner-Up
Luke Lavanway, Jr., 197, 2020 PAC Runner-Up
Alex Coppolo, Sr. 141-149, Won his only match of the 2020-21 season by fall

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
Trent Patrick, Fr., 197-285, Greensburg, Pa. / Greensburg Salem 2019 PIAA AAA state qualifier
Garrett Cook, So., 184, Weirton, W.Va. / Madonna Transfer from Division II West Liberty, undefeated 2019 West Virginia State Champion
Brennan Boron, Fr., 174-184, St. Mary’s, W.Va. / St. Mary’s 2x West Virginia State Qualifier
Justice McCamick, (First-year junior), 285, St. Clairsville, Ohio / St. Clairsville Ohio State Qualifier
Damion Finnegan, Fr., 133-141, Altoona, Pa. / Altoona, Ultimate Warrior champion, AAU All-American
Seth Evans, Fr., 157-165, Sharon, Pa. / Sharon, Section finalist, district placer, regional qualifier
Kyle Hinerman, Fr., 149-157

Season Outlook:
The Waynesburg University wrestling team will have a much different look to it than when it was on the mats for a full season in 2019-20. A small core of junior returners from that team will be counted upon to lead this year’s squad. Rocky McGeary is one of the top heavyweights in Division III and proved it by winning PAC and regional titles two winters ago. Colby Morris also won PAC gold that season and could bump up to 165 or 174 when he hits the mats. Harley Constable is a gritty lightweight who will man the 133 or 141-pound slot in the starting lineup, and Luke LaVanway is a frontrunner for the starting job at 197. Sophomore Alex Coppolo was the team’s most highly touted recruit this past winter and gave the team and its fans something to be excited about by scoring a second-period pin during their only match of the 2020-21 campaign. Coppolo will likely grab a spot at 141 or 149 pounds. Waynesburg is very excited about the addition of 184-pounder Garrett Cook, who transferred from Division II powerhouse West Liberty after spending a year as the starter for the Hilltoppers. Trent Patrick is another highly touted newcomer. After spending a year with the Waynesburg football team, Patrick has switched sports and brings a wrestling resume that includes making a trip to the Giant Center in Hershey for the PIAA AAA individuals championship tournament. He’ll be in the mix at 197, but will likely start the year at heavyweight. Speaking of veteran newcomers, senior Dylan Winters is back after a two-year absence from the squad and will compete for the starting job at 125 or 133.