Lakeland found its way into the national rankings last year with a strong young team that returns most of its strength from a year ago.Â National qualifier Paul Hartt graduates, but NCAA alternate Adam Sutter is back after a strong 2007-2008.Â Sutter was a fixture in the rankings and defeated three All-Americans, including champion Dan Laurent, during the regular season.Â He hopes to finish stronger in 2009.Â Regional placewinners Jonas Flok, David Copp, Kory Theil, and Ben Chapman are all back as well.Â A trio of state placewinners join the Muskies in 197 lb. transfer A.J. Aronstan from NY, 3x WI placer Ryan Renon at 157, and WI placer Sam Delain at 125.Â In addition, state qualifiers Josh Deluca Tyler Laturi, Robert Forgette, and Mike Perl join up in 2008.Â These newcomers will have troulbe cracking the lineup on a team that has moved from young to experienced over the past few years.Â Lakeland has had one All-American and two national qualifiers in its history, and this team hopes to add to both of those numbers this year.
Team: Lakeland College
Head Coach: Peter Rogers (Ohio State ’00)
Years at School as head coach: 7
Career Record at school: 35-43-1
Assistant Coaches: Courtney Howard, Tim Vallier, Nate Muckerheide
2007-2008 Dual Meet Record:Â 13-5-1
2007-2008 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Paul Hartt (197/NQ)
Top returning starters: 285 Adam Sutter NCAA Alternate â€™08, 157 Jonas Flok 3rd Great Lakes, 125 David Copp 5th Great Lakes, 141 Kory Theil 5th Great Lakes, 149 Ben Chapman 5th Great Lakes
Top incoming wrestlers:
A.J. Aronstan 197 â€“ Transfer from Morrisville NY, 3rd in NY H.S. state â€˜06
Ryan RenonÂ 157 -Â 3 time Wisconsin state place winner, 2nd as a senior.
Sam Delain 125 â€“ Wisconsin state place winner
State qualifiers: Josh Deluca 174, Tyler Laturi 165, Robert Forgette 184, Mike Perl 157