Southern Maine Preview

University of Southern Maine Huskies
Head Coach: Joseph Pistone
Years at School as head coach: 8
Career Record at school: 51-72-2
Assistant Coaches: Julio Santiago, Joe Narvaez, Mike Morin, and Doug Christensen

2009-2010 Dual Meet Record: 8-14
2009-2010 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Mike Morin 5th Place at 165lbs and Matt Ulrich 6th Place at 141lbs
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in 2010 national qualifier: 4

Top returning starters:
133 Billy Cole, 3yr USM letter winner; 30-11
157 Peter Gilman, 5th at NEWA Championships
197 Travis Spencer, 6th  at NEWA Championships

Top incoming wrestlers:
125 Ernesto Ornelas, transfer from Springfield Tech, 2x Junior College National Qualifier
133 Ben Garelick, transfer from Ursinus College
149 Logan Russell, transfer from Plymouth State University
165 Zack Fleming, transfer from American International College
HWT-Dan Suarez, transfer from Central Michigan

141 Billy Gauthier, 3x ME champ, 4th NE
184 Joe Chartier, MA Placer
184 Stephen Martin, 2x ME Champ, 2x NE Placer

With Team Captains Cole, Gilman and Spencer anchoring the lineup, the Southern Maine team is hoping to improve on last year’s conference finish both in dual meets and in the NEWA Championships.  They will need to replace All-Americans Mike Morin (graduated) and Matt Ulrich (transferred to Delaware Valley) if they hope to make a return trip to the NCAA Championships, however.  Five transfers will bolster the lineup along with a pair of multiple time Maine state placewinners in Billy Gauthier and Stephen martin.  The team took a big step last year in having multiple All-Americans just one year after garnering the programs first ever All-American award, but those wrestlers have moved on, and it is up to the remaining starters and new wrestlers to continue the upward trajectory.