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North Central College Cardinals
Head Coach: Kevin Bratland
Years at School as head coach: 3
Career Record at school: 39-12
Assistant Coaches: Karl Bratland, Adam Johnson, Andy Greenawalt, Derrick Martin, Jim Brophy

2008-2009 Dual Meet Record: 15-2
2008-2009 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Ben Youel (165/2nd), Gabe Youel (184/4th)
Returning All-American:  Gabe Youel
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in 2009 national qualifier: 5

Top returning starters:
125 Joe Norton 3rd Great Lakes
133 Nathan Fitzenreider 13-2 before injury
157 Cowan Brown CCIW Champ
184 Gabe Youel 4th NCAA
197 Vinnie Sapienza 3rd Great Lakes
285 Rodney Knowlton

Top incoming wrestlers:
Jason Bonham (2x MI state placer), Grant Bushby (IL SQ), Danny Deufel, Phil Garbis, Tim Gingerich (2x MI Runner-up), Max Hayden (IL SQ), Jesse Kulger (IL Runner-up), Don McGregor, Ricky Peisker, Trenton Reinoehl (IN state placer), Chris Sellers, Leo Speedy, John Starzyk-Transfer (University of Oklahoma), Mario Sullivan, Taylor Trim (2x MI state placer), Ron Uccardi-Transfer (University of Dubuque), Tyler Wilfley (2x IL state placer)

Despite the loss of NCAA runner-up Ben Youel, North Central brings an experienced team into 2009-2010.  Five seniors in the starting lineup bodes well for another successful dual meet season.  Two time All-American Gabe Youel returns as the lone national qualifier, and he will challenge for an NCAA championship this March.  A full season from the talented Fitzenreider along with the final year of competition for regional placewinners Joe Norton and Vinnie Sapienza will help as well.  North Central is also bringing in a fine recruiting class highlighted by Oklahoma transfer John Starzyk.  Starzyk was a four time Illinois placewinner and three time champ.  He saw some time in the Sooner starting lineup in 2008.  North Central will again be taking on a tough schedule including the Desert Duals, National Duals, Midlands, and Pete Willson Invitational as they seek a third straight CCIW title and a 5th straight top 15 NCAA finish.