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Heidelberg University Student Princes
Head Coach: Nathan Shearer
Years at School as head coach: 1st Season
Career Record at school: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Joe Hada, Ryan Riggs, Zach Mizer

2009-2010 Dual Meet Record: 9-7
2009-2010 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: 133-Tommy D’Alessandro (NQ);157- Zach Mizer (2nd); 165 Matt Curley (NQ)
Returning Qualifiers: 133- Tommy D’Alessandro and 165- Matt Curley
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in 2010 national qualifier: 5

Top returning starters:
Tommy D’Alessandro: 1st OAC; NQ
Andrew Johnson: 2nd OAC
Matt Curley: 1st @ Pete Wilson; 1st @ OAC; NQ
Brad Rice: 2nd @ OAC

Top incoming wrestlers:
Tyler Atwell (141)- 2X VA State Finalist, 1X Champ
Jason Barnett (157)- 3X Finalist, 2X State Champ; Transfer from Ohio St, Iowa Central

Season outlook:
Heidelberg took four to the NCAA championships last year, and two of those return for 2009-2010. Two time qualifier Matt Curley leads the way and is joined by OAC champ Tommy D’Alessandro. Two other OAC placewinners are back as part of the five returning starters. Heidelberg always brings impressive depth to the table and should be able to fill in as needed for the five starters lost. A large roster of mostly Ohio wrestlers makes the team strong and has them poised to win their 6th straight OAC championship.