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Augsburg College Auggies
Head Coach: Mark Matzek
Years at School as head coach: 2nd Season
Career Record at school: 11-2
Assistant Coaches: Jared Evans, Jim Moulsoff, Ryan Rettke, Andrew Neumann, Brad Fisher, Ned Shuck, John Peterson

2008-2009 Dual Meet Record: 11-2
2008-2009 National Qualifiers and All-Americans:  Seth Flodeen (125/4th), Travis Lang (133/5th), Willy Holst (149/5th), Jason Adams (157/3rd), Zach Molitor (174/6th), Jared Massey (197/1st), Andy Witzel (285/5th), Tony Valek (141/NQ), Orlando Ponce (165/NQ)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Valek, Adams, Ponce, Molitor, Massey, Witzel
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in 2009 national qualifier: 7

Top returning starters with accomplishments:
Jared Massey, 197 National Champ, JR
Jason Adams, 2nd, 3rd, 2X AA, will be at 157, SR
Zach Molitor, 6th, 174, JR
Andy Witzel, 5th, HWT, SR
Tony Valek, NQ, 141, SO
Orlando Ponce, NQ, 165, JR

Top incoming wrestlers (including transfers) with accomplishments:
Tyler Bowling, 2007 Juco AA @ 174, will wrestle 184 in 2009-2010

Augsburg returns a solid group of six national qualifiers that should again keep them in contention for the NCAA championship.  Returning champ Jared Massey will be a heavy favorite after a dominating performance last year while Jason Adams should be the preseason #1 at 157.  All-Americans Molitor and Witzel hope for more of the same as qualifiers Valek and Ponce look to make it onto the podium.  JUCO All-American Tyler Bowling joins the team at 184, which was the only weight the Auggies did not send a man to the NCAA tournament in 2009.  As always, the big date on the calendar will be the February 4th dual with defending champion Wartburg.