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Thiel College Tomcats
Head Coach: Craig Thurber
Years at School as head coach: 9th
Career Record: 65-60
Assistant Coach: Jeff Linn

2010-2011 Dual Meet Record: 8-8
2010-2011 National Qualifiers an All-Americans: Corey Brown 8th at 133
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Brown

Top returning starters:
133 Sr. Corey Brown, Greenville, Pa. / Reynolds – 3x NCAA All-American
149 Sr. Alec Miller, Transfer, Pa. / Grove City
165 Sr. Matt Lowry, Smithfield, Pa. / Albert Gallatin
285 Jr. Will Ringer, Fredonia, Pa. / Reynolds

Top incoming wrestlers:
125 Fr. Tyler Roberts, Jamestown, Pa. / Jamestown (sixth at 2011 PIAA Championships)
125 Fr. Shayduan Velez-Lara, Belcamp, Md. / Aberdeen (three-time Md. state qualifier, two-time Md.
place winner and 2011 Md. champion)
125 Fr. Nick Hart, Cambridge Springs, Pa. / Cambridge Springs (100-match winner)
141 Fr. Sean Byham, Saegertown, Pa. / Saegertown (two-time PIAA Qualifier)
157 Fr. Jerrold Roosa, Randolph, N.Y. / Randolph Central (two-time N.Y. place winner)
157 Fr. Kenny McGinnis, Arnold, Pa. / Valley (WPIAL qualifier)

Season outlook:
There is some experience in the Thiel lineup, as at least three seniors will start for the Tomcats. The obvious headliner is 3x NCAA All-American Corey Brown at 133. In three seasons, he has made the podium each year, though he has yet to finish higher than 6th. He starts the year ranked 6th and could definitely outperform that ranking. Senior Matt Lowry is just outside the top ten at 165 and could find his way to the NCAA tournament come March. Behind these two will be a solid group of starters and reserves, and a few weight classes will see serious competition to determine the starter.