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Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets
Head Coach: Ron Headlee
Years at school as head coach: 4th season
Assistant Coach: John Yates

2010-2011 Dual Meet Record: 12-2-1 (3rd Midwest)
2010-2011 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Alex Crown, So. 125 (4th place), Nick Garber, Sr. 141 (NQ), Brandon Fedorka, So. 285 (NQ)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Crown (Jr.), Fedorka (So.)

Top returning starters:
125 – Alex Crown, 4th NCAA, Midwest Region champ
149 – Luke Lohr, 34-5
157 – Garrett Johnston – Midwest Regional Runner-up
165 – Sam Lombardo, 25-11
165 – Alex Evanoff, 16-6 before season-ending injury
285 – Brandon Fedorka, 19-6, Midwest Regional Champion, National Qualifier

Top incoming wrestlers :
165 Ian Eckrote – 4th DE, 2x qualifier
165/174 Cameron Fine – Seton Hill transfer, 6th PA in HS
165/174 Sam Guidi – four-time PA state qualifier, two-time state place-winner
149/157 Chris Milligan – Two-time PA section champ
141/149 Stuart Spencer – Two-time Oklahoma 6-A state place-winner
133/141 Jake Vitolo – three-time WPIAL qualifier
157/165 Ryan Walters – transfer from Pitt-Johnstown

Season outlook:
Head Coach Ron Headlee and top assistant John Yates rebuilt the Waynesburg team after taking the job three years ago. The rebuilding job is over, and now the Yellow Jackets are looking to be nationally competitive. The return of suprise 4th place finished Alex Crown will surely help, as will a strong sophomore season at the other end of the lineup from NCAA qualifier Brandon Fedorka. The team brings back six other starters, headlined by 34 match winner LUke Lohr at 149. Sam Lombardo won 25 matches at 165, while Alex Evanoff was 16-6 before an injury ended his year. They will compete for the starting job, though one of them could end up moving up to 174. Among the newcomers are former Seton Hill starter Cameron Fine, also in the 165/174 mix, as well as numerous other state qualifiers and placewinners. Waynesburg has a new wrestling room, a tough schedule, and an experienced lineup. They will definitely be in the hunt for a Midwest region title.