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logo_hunter[1]Hunter College
Head Coach: Chris Mazzatta
Years at School as head coach: 2nd season as head coach and 5th season at Hunter
Career Record at school: 5-14
Assistant Coaches: Andy Josuweit (Bentley University) and Mike Cuperus (University of Minnesota/Augsburg College)


2013-2014 Dual Meet Record: 5-14
2014 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Jaydon Rice (133, NQ)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Jaydon Rice (133, NQ)

Top returning starters:
Jaydon Rice (133, Nat Qual, 3rd East Region)
Patryk Kopczynski (285, 20+ wins, 4th East Region)
Kenny Albert (125, 25+ wins, Bob Quade Open Champion)
Jesse Bader (165, Fall Brawl runner-up, 10-2 record before injury)
Dennis Melendez (184/197, 20+ wins)

Top incoming wrestlers:
CJ Palmer (2014 NJCAA National Champion, 2x NJCAA All-American, 3x PIAA State Placer, Clackamas CC transfer)
Narankhuu Ganbaatar (Virginia HS State Runner-Up)
Andy Huang (NY HS State Championships Qualifier)
Miguel Ponce (Nassau CC transfer)
Barry Hart (Niagara CC transfer).

Season outlook:
I am very excited for this upcoming season. The preseason vibes have been extremely positive thus far. We are still in the midst of creating the necessary culture, but I think that Hunter can make its mark this upcoming season. We return all but one starter from last year and have added a very strong recruiting class led by Pennsylvania native and NJCAA national champion, CJ Palmer. We also added strength to our middle and upper weights. If we stay healthy, this season can be one of the best that Hunter has experienced in a long time.