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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Eagles
Head Coach: Dave Malecek
Years at School as head coach: 4th season
Career Record at school: 54-9
Assistant Coaches: Derek Fuglsang 3rd year, Josh Zabel 1st Year, Gannon Hjerleid 1st Year, Josh Passe 4th Year

2008-2009 Dual Meet Record: 19-6
2008-2009 National Qualifiers and All-American: Albie McKinney (125/NQ), Matt Mauseth (149/1st), Corey Ferguson (165/NQ), Mike Schmitz (174/4th), Josh Zabel (184/3rd), Andy Moore (197/4th), Dan Laurent (285/1st)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: McKinney, Brandon Music (2008/125), Mauseth, Ferguson, Schmitz, Moore, Laurent
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in 2009 national qualifier: 9

Top Returning Starters:
125 Albie McKinney Jr., NCAA Qualifer, WIAC 1st
133 Bebeto Yewah Soph, WIAC 2nd
141 Alex Dahl Jr., WIAC 3rd
149 Matt Mauseth Jr., NCAA Champ, WIAC 1st
157 Ryan Farwell Jr., WIAC 3rd
165 Cory Ferguson Jr., NCAA Qualifer, WIAC 2nd
174 Mike Schmitz Soph, NCAA 4th, WIAC 1st
197 Andy Moore Sr., NCAA 4th, 2nd WIAC
HWT Dan Laurent Sr., 2x NCAA Champ, WIAC 1st

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
133 Adam Sheley, Illinois State Champ
141 Brady Schrupp, Minnesota State Champ
174/184 Mitch Artist, Iowa State Champ and Iowa State Transfer
197 Jared Enderton, Iowa State Champ
197 Hoss Roemer, 2nd in Minnesota state

UW-Lax took home the third place trophy at the NCAA championships with five All-Americans, and they also won their 12th straight WIAC title.  This is a strong team with four returning All-Americans including both NCAA champions in Mauseth and Laurent.  Nine starters return as well as injured 2008 NCAA qualifier Brandon Music.  Another strong freshman class featuring four former state champs will help with depth in the room and give some good competition at the lower weights.  The team will be battle tested going into the postseason with a tough tournament schedule and non-conference duals against Luther, St. John’s, and Augsburg to go along with the National Duals.