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Cornell College Rams
Head Coach: Mike Duroe
Years at school as Head Coach: 6th Year
Career Record at School: 65-48-1
Assisstant Coaches: Shawn Voigt, Andrew Knaack, Charlie Falck, Kyle Burkle

2009-2010 Dual Record: 14-11
Returning National Qualifiers and AA’s:
Kevin Donahue  4th  @ 141 (2010)   7th @ 141 (2009)
Nick Loughlin  Qualifier @ 157 (2010)
Ryan Mulnix Qualifier @ 149 (2009)

Number of Wrestlers that competed in 2010 Qualifier:  8

Top Returning Starters:
125-Tim Hood  4th IIAC
141-Kevin Donahue 1st IIAC, 4th NCAA
149-Jake Schwebke 5th IIAC
157-Nick Loughlin 1st IIAC, NCAA Qualifier
165-Joey Hambleton 5th IIAC
184-Andrew Roberts 5th IIAC
197-Bob Widmer 6th IIAC
Hwt.-Wyatt Bauman 6th IIAC

Top incoming Wrestlers:
Jordan Ng 125  Honolulu, HI Hawaii State Champion
Alex Coolidge 184 Gillette, WY Wyoming State Champion
Micah Flora Swick 141 Gardner, KS Two time Kansas Placewinner
Derek Munsey 165 Highlands Ranch, CO Two Time Colorado Placewinner

Other notable incoming Freshman:
Tony Naber 125 Dyersville, Iowa
Marcus Streit 285 Manilla, Iowa
Carl Gaul 197 Woodinville, Washington
Patrick Loughlin 165 Cherokee, Iowa
Ben Rosen 133 Lincolnwood, Illinois

Season Outlook:
Kevin Donahue is the top Ram returning this year after placing in each of the last two NCAA Championships.  THe other top returner for Cornell is Nick Loughlin.  He had a great season last year, entering the NCAA tournament as the #2 seed, but an overtime loss left him watching on Saturday.  He should be favored to change that this year.  A lot of Cornell’s returning wrestlers were just outside of the qualifying picture last year, but they were nearly all close enough to have realistic plans to be wrestling in Wisconsin in March.  With those eight returners and some solid newcomers, Cornell might not be ready to topple the big two of Coe and Wartburg in the IIAC, but they can solidify their hold on the third place finish they managed a year ago.