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Johnson & Wales University Wildcats
Head Coach: Lonnie Morris
Years at School as head coach: 14th Season
Career Record at school: 178-98-3
Assistant Coaches: Brian Allen (12th) James Gilbert (9th), Mark DeCiccio

2009-2010 Dual Meet Record: 20-7-1
2009-2010 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Brennan Ward (184 2nd), Colin Lenhardt (174 NQ)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans (any year): Brennan Ward (184/2nd), Colin Lenhardt (174/NQ), Nicholas Cucciniello (133/NQ 09)
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in 2010 national qualifier: 9

Top returning starters:
125 James Soprano (JR) – Conference placer 09, 20-9 record
133 Micheal Bastante (SR) – 2x Conference placer (moving up from 125), 21-10 record
141 Nicholas Cucciniello (SR) -2x Conference placer, 1st 09 and NQ, (likely to move up
from 133) 21-3 record
141 John Donaleski (JR) – 13-13 record
149 TJ Webster (JR) – 12-9 record
165 Alex Shea (JR) – 17-13 record
174 Colin Lenhardt (SO) -Conference placer and NQ, 34-9 record
184 Brennan Ward (SR) -Conference Champion and NCAA runner-up, 39-4 record
197 William Mulligan (SO) – Injured Mid Season 14-5 record
285 Humphrey Swift (SO) -Conference placer, 21-16 record
285 Jon Flegel (JR) – Conference placer 09

Top incoming wrestlers:
157- Ethan Farrell (RS FR) – 2x RI State champion and All New England
184- Tyler Selby (FR) – 2x NJ District Champion
197- Shane Battista (FR) – CT State Champion and All New England
285- Ronnie Walter (FR) – CT State Champion and All New England

Season outlook:
The Wildcats will be led by NCAA National Finalist Brennan Ward and National Qualifier Colin Lenhardt, but returns solid starters at several weight classes with at least 6 having 20+ win seasons. JWU will be looking to win the Pilgrim League for the 7th Consecutive Year and win the NEWA Dual Meet Championship for the 5th time as they prepare for the NEWA Championship. JWU wrestles one of the toughest schedules of all the NEWA schools and gets a lot of competition outside of their region. They will be making their 5th straight
appearance at the NWCA National Duals and will compete against some of the Iowa schools during Christmas break. JWU will strive to Win the NEWA Conference that has eluded them for several years. In order to make winning the Conference a reality will depend on contribution from the 141,149,157 and 165 lbs. weight classes.