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United States Coast Guard Academy Bears
Head Coach: Steve Eldridge
Years at School as head coach: 47
Assistant Coaches: Pat Eldridge, Joel Webster

2010-2011 Dual Meet Record: 1-16

Top returning starters with accomplishments:
Jr Joe Kidwell, 133, MD, 22-10
So Josh Gerry, 141, 4th in NEWA
So Luke Taylor, 165, 4th in NEWA

Top incoming wrestlers:
Mark Howard, VA, 197, 2x State Placer(5,5), NCWA All American (8th)
Joel Wyman, MO, 275, 3x State Placer (6,3,2)
Kevin Koch, VA, 165, State Placer (5)
Michael Giorgio, PA, 149, State Placer (5), NCWA All American (5th)
Nathaniel Giorgio, PA, 125, 2x State Placer(8,8), NHSCA Jr AA (6TH)
Colin Palmer, NY, 184, State Champ
Steve Kidwell, MD, 149, State Placer (3)
Shane Sullivan CT, 174 3x State Placer(1,2,2)

Season outlook:
It is all about the future at Coast Guard. After a rough season and a poor record, the team has brought in an impressive recruiting class with the potential to drastically alter the team’s recent fortune. Even with a poor record, the Bears return a pair of NEWA placewinners in Josh Getty at 141 and Luke Taylor at 165 along with 22 match winner Joe Kidwell. All three will be on the team beyond this season as a recruiting class laden with state placewinners comes of age. Adjusting to college wrestling can be tough, but this group of incoming wrestlers has a chance to put Coast Guard on the map again in the future.