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Cornell College Rams
Head Coach: Mike Duroe
Years at School as head coach: 5th season
Career Record at school: 51-37-1
Assistant Coaches: Shawn Voigt, Andrew Knaack, Kyle Burkle

2008-2009 Dual Meet Record:  14-8
2008-2009 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Nick Nothern (2nd/133), Kevin Donahue (7th/141), Ryan Mulnix (NQ/149), Kyle Kehrli (5th/174)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Nothern, Donahue, Mulnix
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in 2009 national qualifier: 6

Top returning starters:
125 Timothy Hood 5th IIAC
133 Nick Nothern 2nd NCAA
141 Kevin Donahue 7th NCAA
149 Ryan Mulnix 3rd IIAC, NCAA Q
197 Andrew Roberts 5th IIAC
285 Robert Widmer 5th IIAC

Top incoming wrestlers:
Alex Hughes – 3x MO placer
Gary d’Aquin – 2x LA runner-up
Colten Moore – 2x IA placer
Mary Myers – 2x IN placer
Alex Peitz – 7th IA
Wyatt Bauman – 8th IA
Brandon Tabor – FL SQ

After back to back top ten finishes in 2008 and 2009, Cornell is back and aiming for a third.  Nick Nothern was a surprise finalist coming from the 8th seed, and was Cornell’s first finalist in 13 years.  Fellow All-American Kevin Donahue and national qualifier Ryan Mulnix join Nothern to help Cornell make a run in 2009-2010.  Three other IIAC placewinners are back as Cornell also must replace the points generated by 2x All-American Kyle Kehrli.  Between the incoming wrestlers and a solid set of backups from 2008-2009, Cornell is well situated to again have a winning season in the tough IIAC, and the improvement of the returners along with help from newcomers could propel the Rams again into the national top ten.