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luther-norse-head[1]Luther College
Head Coach: Dave Mitchell
Years at School as head coach: 19 years
Career Record at school: 229-109-6
Assistant Coaches: Jeff O’Gara, Billy Huebner, Nick Pearch, Spencer Yohe

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2013-2014 Dual Meet Record: 16-7, Placed 7th at the National Duals
2014 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Evan Obert (133) , Jayden DeVilbiss (184)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans:
Evan Obert (133): 2X NCAA Quailfier, AA in 2013, 2X Scholar AA
Jayden DeVilbiss (184): 2X NCAA Qualifier
Conner Herman (HWT): NCAA Qualifier from 2012, Scholar All-American

Top returning starters:
133: Evan Obert, AA &2X NCAA Qualifier
149: Dakota Gray, 2X Central Region Placewinner (5th & 4th)
165: Blake Letney, Placed 4th at 2014 Central Regional; Scholar AA
174: Justin Kreiter, 21-7 last season at 184
184: Jayden DeVilbiss, 2X NCAA Qualifier
197: Tyler Walls, Placed 5th at 2014 Central Regional, Scholar All-American
HWT: Conner Herman, 2012 NCAA Qualifier, Scholar All-American, 19-7 last year before season ending injury

Top incoming wrestlers:
141: Drew Van Anrooy, Transfer from Oregon State. Placed 3rd at 2013 Pac 12’s, Placed 3rd at NHSCA Sr Nationals in 2011
157: Reed Van Anrooy, Transfer from Oregon State. Placed 3rd at NHSCA Sr Nationals in 2013, #9 ranked senior at 152 by USA Wrestling Magazine
125: Spencer Davies, WI State Runner-up. Placed 2nd, 3rd & 4th
125: Julian Gendreau, 2X CA State Qualifier
141: Brian Burchett, Washington State Champ, HM National Rank amongst Sr’s by USA Wrestling Magazine
149: Izzac Suarez, 2X CA State Qualifier, AA at Reno Worlds
184: Mitch Sandlin, Indiana State Placewinner
197: Chris Brinks, IA HS State Runner-up and Multiple Time IA State Placewinner
Season outlook:
We are looking forward to a good year. We are excited about the great group of guys we have on this team, including the immediate impact the Van Anrooy’s will have on it. We were right in the hunt mid-season last year, beating the teams that eventually placed 3rd & 4th at the NCAA Championships in late December & early January. But then we had a rash of injuries to some of our top wrestlers and we were not able to bounce back from it. We are anxious to get back into a position of challenging for a trophy at the NCAA Championships. To do so, we will need guys to continue to progress to the next level and establish themselves against the best guys in the country.