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Ursinus College Bears
Head Coach: Bill Racich
Years at School as head coach: 32
Career Record at school: 451-110-8
Assistant Coaches: Pat Curry, Lee Cox, Josh Mangle, Maldwyn Cooper, Mike McCauley, Sean Howard, Bruce Krueger

2010-2011 Dual Meet Record: 12-2
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Connor McCormick 149 – 2010; Connor McNamara 197 -2010

Top returning starters:
133 – Alex Blank- 3x Centennial Conference placer (2-3-2) Homecoming Invitational Champion 2011
141 – Elisha Gaylor
149 – Connor McCormick 149, NCAA Qualifier Centennial Champion 2010
157 – Andrew Corbett
184 – Mike Kevlin 2010 Centennial Place winner
197 – Connor McNamara – 197, NCAA Q, Centennial Conference Champion .
285 – Bill Cornely 4th Centennial Conference

Top incoming wrestlers:
125 – Robert D’Annunzio – 5th PA AAA 113-24
125 – Chris Donaldson 4x Delaware place winner ( 2, 2, 3, 4) 3rd at Beast of the East, 142-32
133 – Matt Harkins 2x time PA AAA placer (4, 4) 153-21 w/71 falls
133 – Tyler Romano PA AAA SQ
141 – Nick DiMuzio PA AAA SE Region 115-36
141 – Jesse Alfiero MT State 6th
141 – Josh Bowman 2x District 1 Champ PA AA
149 – Ryan Gary MD- 151-15 w/108 Falls
149 – Mitch Bode MD Prep placer 118 wins w/ 67 falls
157 – Rich Jasinski PA AAA State Q; SE Region OW
165 – Nik Russell PA AAA 8th
174 – Matt Krueger PA AAA 2x State Q
184 – Dan Manganaro NY state Q, Section IV OW

Season outlook:
With over 20 freshman joining the roster this year, the Ursinus team will look quite different. There could be as many as six brand new starters by the time the postseason rolls around. Two former NCAA qualifiers lead the way in 2011 as both Connor McCormick and Connor McNamara were Centennial champs in 2010. McCormick was 2nd a year ago while McNamara missed all but the first tournament last year with an injury. Alex Blank returns at 133, and he is a three time Centennial top three finisher. He will likely be the top returner in the conference at his weight. Another top returning finisher is heavyweight Bill Cornely. He was 4th in a weight class featuring a pair of All-Americans, and he comes into the year as the favorite at 285. The incoming group of wrestlers is very impressive with three Pennsylvania placewinners and numerous other qualifiers and placers from other states. This group will formt he base for successful Ursinus teams in the coming years, and their development this season will do a lot to determine where Ursinus finishes in February.