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Olivet College Comets
Head Coach: Brandon Brissette
Years at School as head coach: 1st
Career Record at school: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Jeff Therian, Todd Hibbs, and Rob Yahrmarkt.

2008-2009 Dual Meet Record: 9-7
2008-2009 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Jason Brew (2nd) and Kyle Vanderhyde
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in 2009 national qualifier: 5

Top returning starter:
125 Blair Mellish, Sr dropping down from 133
133 Adam Wilson, Jr 4th at Midwest Regional
141 Vince Lahar, Jr 2nd at Midwest Regional in 2008
149 Nick Leon, Sr 5th at Midwest Regional
157 Jordan Dusseau, So
165 Jim Neal, Jr 5th at Midwest Regional
174 Andrew Hein, So
184 Joe Bargerstock, Sr 4th at Midwest Regional
197 Aaron Sullenger, Jr
285 Colin Madden, So

Top incoming wrestlers:
Multiple Time MI State Placers: Josh Crawford (184), Taylor Misel (149), Kam Olsen (125), Logan Renas (197/285) Kenny Richmond (141), Jeff Salmon (133), and Danny Sharrard (141).

One Time MI State Placers: Matt Kiser (141), Scott Noble (133), Jeromy Northrup (157), Layne Upcott (174/184)

MI State Qualifiers and others: Justin Andrick (174), Jake Ceslick (285), Joe Covarrubias (165), Jack Griggs (197), Jacob McCans (285), Anthony Pierce (157), Mario Rodriguez (184), and Brennan Simon (165).

This year is a changing of the guard as a new coach comes in and many new leaders take over after graduating 5 starting senior and 11 total seniors. As in the past, though, there is much depth found in the ranks of the roster and most of the new faces in the line up have years of varsity experience. Olivet should again challenge Delaware Valley for the Midwest Region title.  The Comets continue to take advantage of their status as the only Division III team in Michigan as they stock their roster with homegrown talent.  The loss of All-Americans (and high school teammates) Brew and Vanderhyde will hurt, but Olivet will reload.