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Thiel_athletics_sm[1]Thiel College
Head Coach: Craig Thurber
Years at School as head coach: 12
Career Record at School: 101-80
Assistant Coaches: Kraig Smith, Matt Lowry, Jerry Cramer, Ryan Carson, and Duncan Wingard


2013-2014 Dual Meet Record: 15-7
2014 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Jacob Lowry 197, 3rd
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Jacob Lowry 197 3rd in 2014 and Jordan Powell 174 7th (2013, 165)

Top Returning Starters:
125: Vince Vahaly, SO- 21 wins in 2014
133: Nick Sutton, JR- 25 wins in 2014, 4th 2X at Mideast Regional at 133, ’12 & ‘13
141: Robert Ritschard, SO- 25 wins in 2014 and 4th at Mideast Regional at 141
149: Chris Nuss, SO- 25 wins in 2014
157: Brandan Collins, SR 6th at Mideast Regional in 2014
165: Sean Byham, SR- 6th at Mideast Regional in 2014, 4th at 141 in ’12, 2014 Scholar All-American 2014
174: Jordan Powell, SR-22 wins in 2014, 6th at Mideast Regional, ’13 AA at 165 – back 2nd semester
184: Jerrold Roosa, SR-28 wins in 2014
197: Jacob Lowry, SR- 40 wins in 2014, 3rd at NCAAs in ‘14
285: Blake Heim, JR- 17 wins in 2014

Top incoming wrestlers:
125: Nick Davis: 2X Maryland state placer
141: Jason Miller: PA state placer
157: Mitchell Zio: Maryland state placer
174: Branden Dice: PA 2X WPIAL Qualifier
197: Phil Kyle: PA 3X Regional Qualifier
197: Zeb Throne: MI 2X Regional Qualifier

Season Outlook:

Thiel returns all 10 starters from last year’s 15 dual meet win season. Thiel will welcome back a couple familiar faces, Adam Matthews at 141 and Stephen Ceremuga at 184, along with some talented freshmen. Vince Vahaly will continue to lead off for the Tomcats at 125, but will be pushed by sophomore, Giuliano Graziosi and freshmen, Nick Davis. Robert Ritschard will be going from 141 where he placed 4th at the Mideast Regional last year to 133. Nick Sutton will be up from 133 to 141 where he was fourth the past two season s at the Regional. He will be pushed by junior, Adam Matthews who was 18-3 in 2013 and freshmen, Jason Miller who was sixth at the PIAA championships in 2014. Chris Nuss returns at 149 with an impressive freshmen year with 25 wins and wins over two national qualifiers a year ago. Seniors, Brandan Collins and Sean Byham will hold down 157 and 165, possibly switching roles this season, both were sixth at the Mideast Regional in 2014, Byham was a Scholar All-American a year ago. Junior, Marco Crivelli will carry the load at 174, being pushed by classmate Tyler Wilkes, and senior returning All-American from 2013 will finish his career at this weight or 165. Senior, Jerrold Roosa will be at 184 again where he compiled 28 wins a year ago and had wins over a two national qualifiers, he will be pushed by junior, Stephen Ceremuga and freshmen, Branden Dice. Returning All-American, senior, Jacob Lowry will look to improve on his third place finish a year ago, he will be pushed by classmate Jacob Trillow and freshmen, Phil Kyle. Junior, Blake Heim will be the go to guy at 285, but will be pushed by classmate Tyler Hendzel.