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Luther College Norse
Head Coach:  Dave Mitchell
Years at School as head coach: 15th
Career Record at school: 180-79-6
Assistant Coaches: Jeff O’Gara, Billy Huebner, Spencer Yohe, Travis Grawin, Todd Schmauss

2009-2010 Dual Meet Record: 10-8
2009-2010 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Jayson Swanson (125 6th); Kevin Bokoski (141 NQ); Jason Pyle (149 6th); Nic Barclay (184 NQ); Allyn Plattner (285 6th)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Jayson Swanson, Kevin Bokoski, Jason Pyle
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in your 2010 national qualifier: 6

Top returning starters:
125/133 Jayson Swanson, All-American
141 Kevin Bokoski, National Qualifier
149 Jason Pyle, 2X All-American
165 Lance Serbousek, 5th at IIAC’s & 21-8 record last year
184 Jack Steinberg, 8th at 197 at IIAC’s
197 Bradon Reyerson, 6th at IIAC’s in 2009 at 174;

Top incoming wrestlers:
Daniel Mendoza, 2X Arizona State Champion
Garett Bonte, 2x WI Runner-up
Cody Orr, 2X MO Runner-up
Bryce Hood, KS Runner-up
Nick Pearch, KS Runner-up
Eric Moreno, 5th in AAA in IL
Collin White, 3rd in AAA in IA.

Season outlook:
A strong core returns for the Norse led by a pair of All-Americans in Jayson Swanson and Jason Pyle.  Kevin Bokoski also qualified last year and comes in with a good chance to get on the podium in March.  Lance Serbousek is the other senior for Luther, and he was 5th in the IIAC last year.  In addition to the returners, Luther brought in 23 freshmen this year including five state finalists and some other placewinners.  They will need to replace national qualifiers at 184 and 285, but between the returning and new wrestlers, they should continue to be a top tier team.  The NWCA Team Rankings have Luther listed at 14th, but they are hoping to move up as they get their strongest 10 wrestlers on the mat come January.