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Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets
Head Coach: Ron Headlee
Years at School as head coach: 3rd
Career Record at school: 16-13
Assistant Coaches: John Yates, Matt Blair, Drew Headlee, Jeff Havelka (G.A.), Tanner Kolb (S&C)

2009-2010 Dual Meet Record: 6-9
2009-2010 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Nick Garber (7th 133), Corbin Semple (184)
Returning All-American: Nick Garber
Number of returning wrestlers who competed in your 2010 national qualifier: 7

Top returning starters:
125 – Alex Crown, So., 27-9 in 2010, Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) 125-pound champion, PAC Most Outstanding Wrestler, Second place at Midwest Regional
133 – Nick Garber, Sr., 28-6 in 2010 (63-12 overall), two-time NCAA Midwest Regional Champion, two-time NCAA Division III national qualifier, 7th place 133-pound AA in 2010
141 – Jesse Byerly, Jr., 21-7 in 2010 (35-10 overall), 2010 PAC 141-pound champion, third-place at 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament
149 – Garrett Johnston, Jr., 16-11 in 2010 (24-22 overall), 2010 PAC Runner-up at 149
157 – Alex Evanoff, Jr., 17-13 in 2010 (26-22 overall), 2009 PAC Champion at 165
165 – Jared Roberts, Jr., 14-17 in 2010 (26-34 overall), Two-time PAC runner-up
174 – Cody Catalina, So., 8-11 in 2010, PAC Runner up at 174

Top incoming wrestlers:
Colton Blumer, Fr., (133-141) over 100 wins, 2010 135-pound WPIAL champion, Dapper Dan participant
Marty Kisla, So.(285) transfer from Robert Morris where he played football, 2009 PIAA AA State Qualifier
Tyler Lewis, Fr., (184-197), first-team D-10 Region 1 All-Star at Lakeview High School
Jake Linn, Fr., (197-285), PIAA Class AA state qualifier
Luke Lohr, Fr., (141-149), Somerset High School records for wins (117) and pins (58). Pennsylvania Qualifier
Sam Lombardo, Fr. (149), PA AAA state qualifier and Dapper Dan participant for WPIAL
Josh Mihalik, Fr. (285), Wellsboro High School, 4th PIAA Class AA Northeast Regional
Brandon Fedorka Fr. (285), Hopewell High School, PIAA Class AAA qualifier

Season outlook:
With seven starters returning and a big, talented recruiting class being welcomed for the 2010-11 season, the Waynesburg wrestling team looks to not only successfully defend its Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) team title, but have a bigger presence at the NCAA Division III National Championships. Leading this year’s Jackets is senior Nick Garber, who placed seventh at nationals at 133 pounds last year. This year, he plans to move to 141 pounds. Also back are sophomore 125-pounder Alex Crown and junior 149-pounder Jesse Byerly. Both wrestlers won PAC individual titles, with Crown being named PAC Most Outstanding Wrestler, and both wrestlers came just one win short of going to nationals. Juniors Garrett Johnston (149-157), Alex Evanoff (165) and Jared Roberts (174) all bring two years of extensive varsity experience with them to this year’s squad. Sophomore Cody Catalina (174-184) completes a solid bridge from the team’s highly accomplished lighter weights to their upper weights that will be filled by two or three newcomers. If Catalina handles 184 pounds, the Yellow Jackets will start back-to-back freshmen at 197 and 285. Head coach Ron Headlee, the PAC Coach of the Year, and his primary assistant John Yates made it a priority to recruit these weight class. By all accounts, they succeeded. PIAA state qualifier Jake Linn and Tyler Lewis will likely compete for the 197 spot once football season ends. Another former PIAA state qualifier, Marty Kisla, a transfer from Robert Morris, will compete with freshman Josh Mihalik, who went 32-1 in the regular season of his senior year, for the starting heavyweight job. PIAA qualifier and Dapper Dan participant Brandon Fedorka will add further depth at 285 pounds once football season has ended. In all, this year’s class of newcomers boasts a WPIAL title, five PIAA state qualifiers, three Dapper Dan participants and a two-time freestyle national qualifier. The Jackets open their season on Saturday, Oct. 30, when they hold their annual Orange & Black Intra-squad Duals. They start live competition on Nov. 6 at the always competitive Messiah Invitational.