Mount Union 2017 Preview

Team: University of Mount Union
Head Coach: Josh Malave
Years at School as Head Coach: 1
Career Record at Current School: 8-11
Assistant Coaches: Nate Skonieczny, Mike Miller, Rae McDonald


2016-2017 Dual Meet Record: 8-11

2017 NCAA Qualifiers: Alec Cotton (141)

Returning NCAA Qualifiers: Cotton

Top Returning Starters:
Nick Mancini (Sr.)- 18-9, 3X Regional Placer, 3X 1st Team All OAC
Alec Cotton (Sr.)- 26-4, 2X Regional Placer, 1st Team All OAC, OAC Wrestler of the Year, Regional Runner Up, National Qualifier
Jesse Gross (Sr.)- 20-10, Regional Placer Winner

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
Leondre Cooley (Sandusky HS)- 2X OH State Qualifier, District Champion.
Nolan Wochna (Brecksville)- AAU All American, 100 HS Wins, 3X District Qualifier, 2015 Dual State Championship Team, Conference Champ
Dakota McCloskey (Girard)- 2X OH State Qualifier, 2X EOWL Champ, AAU All American
Robby Cobb (Elyria Catholic)- 2X GLC Conference Champ, District Placer
Sean McKown (Teays Valley)- OHSAA Sportsmanship Award Winner, All Academic MSL, MSL Champion
Luke Hernandez (Tri-Valley)- 2X D1 OH State Qualifier, DI State Placer
Michael McIntire (St. Vincent St. Mary’s)- 2X DII OH State Placer
Anthony Scurry (Warrensville Hts.)- 3X LEL Champion, LEL Wrestler of the Year, 3X District Qualifier, OH State Qualifier
Kyle Ice (Waynedale)- 4X District Placer, 2X State Alternate, 2X OH State Qualifier, OH State Placer, 184 Career Wins, 127 Pins.
George Lassnick (Lake Catholic)- OH State Alternate
Thomas Moore (Cambridge)- OH State Qualifier
Tristan Roberts (Massillon)- 2X OH State Qualifier, OH State Placer

Season Outlook:
The 2017-2018 Wrestling Season should be an exciting one for second year coach Josh Malave. The Raiders have bolstered their coaching staff and their lineup. Coaching additions include- Nate Skonieczny- 2X All American, 2X Ohio High School State Champion and Mike Miller- 3X DI National Qualifier, 2X All American, and National Finalist for Central Michigan. The Raiders return three regional place winners and one national qualifier (Mancini, Cotton/NQ, Gross), two first team All-OAC Selections (Mancini, Cotton), and the OAC Wrestler of the Year (Cotton). Mount Union is eager to see the potential contributions from their incoming freshman and to compete once again for an OAC and Regional Title. The season kicks-off, November 11th, in Alliance with the Mount Union Invitational.