2013-2014 Dual Meet Record: 15-6
2014 National Qualifiers and All-Americans:
149 – Luke Lohr (NQ, 149)
174 – Anthony Bonaventura (2nd place, 174 lb)
184 – Cameron Fine (NQ, 184 lb.)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans:
Lohr (2014 – NQ @149, 2013 – 7th place @149)
Sam Guidi (2013 – NQ @ 165)
Top returning starters:
125 – Gordan Bieber (Jr., Two-year starter at 125, 2013 W&J Invitational Champion, Career record: 35-42)
133 – Filippo Crivelli (So., 2014 PAC champion, Career record: 24-20)
149 – Luke Lohr (Sr., Three-year starter, Three-time PAC champion, Career record: 79-18)
165 – Sam Guidi (Sr., Two-year starter, 2013 NQ, Career record: 62-28)
197 – Patrick Jennings (Sr., Three-year starter, Career record: 52-58)
285 – Greg Kumer (Jr., Second year as a starter, PAC champion, Career record: 36-27)
Top incoming wrestlers:
Tristan Buxton, 125 lb., Trinity H.S. (Section Champion, Fifth place at WPIAL’s)
D.J. Grindel, 141 lb., Perry Hall H.S. (Maryland) (Over 140 high school wins, three-time Md. state qualifier, placed fourth as a senior,
Derek Hull, 165-174 lb., Chartiers Houston HS. (PIAA Class AA state qualifier, placed third twice at WPIAL tournament)
Cody Klempay, 197-285 lb., Canon-McMillan H.S. (University of North Carolina) (151-24 high school record, Powerade champion, three-time Powerade finalist, four-time section champion, two-time WPIAL champion, placed third and sixth at PIAA AAA championships, won two matches by pin as a freshman starting heavyweight at UNC)
Landon Lohr, 157-165 lb., Somerset H.S. (Younger brother of returning All-American Luke Lohr, two-time PIAA AA state qualifier, district runner-up and champion)
Shane Lowman, 285 lb., Mt. St. Joseph H.S. (Maryland) (All-MIAA, second-team all-state, Flo Nationals participant, came one win shy of placing at the Beast of the East tournament)
Ryan Shank, 174 lb., George Washington H.S. (West Virginia) (Lindsey Wilson) (four-time high school regional finalist, regional champion, four-time W.Va. state qualifier, two-time state place-winner, NAIA national qualifier as a college freshman)
Forrest Six, 285 lb., Clay-Battelle H.S. (West Virginia) (Member of Waynesburg University football team)
Zach Swarrow, 125 lb., Beth-Center H.S. (Pitt-Johnstown) (Two-time PIAA AA place-winner, red-shirted his only year at UPJ).
Fresh off its fourth PAC title over the past five seasons, the Waynesburg University wrestling team will feature a lot of new faces this winter. The Yellow Jackets must replace starters at 141, 157, 174 and 184 pounds this year and are expected to feature some intense battles for almost every other weight class.
One of the few safe bets in terms of returning starters is standout senior 149-pounder Luke Lohr, who is coming off his second-straight trip to nationals. The three-time PAC champion boasts a 79-18 overall career record and placed seventh in the country at the 2013 national championships.
Sophomore Filippo Crivelli also returns after winning the 133-pound PAC crown as a freshman last year and going 24-20 overall. Senior Sam Guidi, who won a regional title and qualified for the national championships as a sophomore, went 28-11 last year at 165 pounds, but was upset at regionals and missed out on last year’s national championship tournament.
The Yellow Jackets also bring back returning starters Gordan Bieber (Jr., 125), Patrick Jennings (Sr., 197) and Greg Kumer (Jr., 285), but they could face some serious competition from members of this year’s outstanding recruiting class. Bieber will be pushed by redshirt transfer Zach Swarrow, who spent a year at Division II Pitt Johnstown, and true freshman Tristan Buxton. Jennings is expecting to drop down to 184 pounds for his senior season, which leaves sophomore transfer Cody Klempay, who was a starting heavyweight at the University of North Carolina, to push for the job. Klempay may also wrestle heavyweight. If so, senior Gennaro Bonaventura could be the man for the job at 197. Speaking of heavyweights, returning PAC champion Greg Kumer is coming off a solid 25-16 season in his first year as a starter. However, this year’s incoming class could feature as many as three heavyweights, including Maryland prep standout Shane Lowman.
The two lead candidates for the 141-pound job appear to be sophomore Dom Ciaramella and freshman DJ Grindel. Ciaramella went 11-8 overall last year. Grindel is a three-time Maryland state qualifier who placed fourth as a senior. Senior Shane Foster returns at 157 pounds and looks like a favorite to start after backing up former four-year starter Sam Lombardo. However, he will be pushed by Landon Lohr, among others, for the position. When it comes to the starting 174-pound job, sophomore transfer Ryan Shank, who was an NAIA national qualifier at Lindsey Wilson, is a leader for the position.