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Team: Central College
Head Coach: Eric Van Kley
Years at School as Head Coach: 11
Career Record at Current School: 82-82-1
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Donahue, Matt Diehl, Daniel Page, Bob Kuennen


2016-2017 Dual Meet Record: 10-2

2017 NCAA Qualifiers: CJ Pestano (125, 4th), Cam Timok (133, 5th), Daniel Radcliffe (141), Ryan Vandall (165), Matt Seabold (197)

Returning NCAA Qualifiers: CJ Pestano (4th in 2017, 2nd in 2016), Cam Timok (5th), Daniel Radcliffe

Top Returning Starters:
125 – CJ Pestano (4th) – 2 x All American (2nd – 2016)
133 – Cam Timok (5th)
141 – Daniel Radcliffe – NQ

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
Wayne Sommerlot (184)
Gavin Babcock (184)
Chance Benadum (165)

Season Outlook:
The 2016-17 Central College Wrestling program was one of best in program history. The team compiled a 10-2 record, the best IIAC finish in 20 years, and a second consecutive top 20 finish at the NCAA Championships. The team had five NCAA Qualifiers and a pair of All-Americans. Both All-Americans return along with qualifier Daniel Radcliffe. The team had four Scholar All-Americans and is poised for a great 2017-18 in the new Central College Wrestling Center.