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Head Coach: Roger Crebs
Years at School as head coach: 22
Career Record at school: 336-115-2
Assistant Coaches: Eric Caschera, Brett Michaels, Sean Reese, Stephen Hinton

2013-2014 Dual Meet Record: 13-8

Top returning starters:
Caleb Willey, 141, NWCA Scholar All-American
Seth Lansberry, 149, Fifth at NCAA Mideast Regionals
Brian Watkins, 141, 2013 NWCA Scholar All-American
Nolan Barger, 157, ECWC Champion, fifth at NCAA Mideast Regionals

Top incoming wrestlers:
Kyle Drick, 125, Allenwood, Pa./Montgomery Area – Eighth in PIAA Class AA at 113 pounds; 2013 section champ
Tim Ambacher, 141, Newtown, Pa./Council Rock – Section and district champion at 138 pounds; fourth in region
Brandon Conrad, 165-174, Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg Area – Second in section; third in district at 170 pounds
Brandon Rudy, 165, Carlisle, Pa./Cumberland Valley – Sectional placewinner as a junior
Noah Klingborg, 174, Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty – Fourth at districts and regionals at 170 pounds

Season outlook:
With nine of the team’s 10 starters returning from a 13-8 season in 2013-14, the Lycoming College wrestling team is aiming to return to the national rankings for the first time since 2009-10.

The mid-weights will once again lead the Warriors, thanks to a talented trio at 141, 149 and 157. Senior Caleb Willey has risen into the honorable mention portion of the rankings throughout his career and he is coming off a career-best 29-13 season in 2013-14. Sophomore Seth Lansberry gives the team a great presence at 149, as he won a Lycoming freshman record 35 matches. Sophomore Nolan Barger will fill in at 157, as he won an Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference title as a rookie and won 29 matches overall.

The team will also benefit from a pair of grapplers, who saw their junior seasons cut short due to injury in seniors Cody Barbiche and Sam Batchelor. Batchelor, a heavyweight, was on the verge of a breakthrough year, posting a 10-5 record before the injury.