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Head Coach: DREW BLACK
Years at School as head coach: 17TH
Career Record at school: 164-130-3
Assistant Coaches: Blair Tugman, Matt Moran, James Therrien, Dan DiCenzo, John Biddiscombe


2013-2014 Dual Meet Record: 7-12

Top returning starters:
125 Frank Crippen ’17 (13-11), 1st place NEWA Futures Tournament
133 James Hamilton ’16 (22-15) two consecutive years 20+ wins
141 Matt Pelton ’17 (22-18), top 8 in NE Region
149 Ed Pierce ’17 (15-14), top 8 in NE Region up two weight classes
157 Chris Siracusa ’16, 2 year starter, 19 wins last year
165 Taran Carr ’16 (21-16) top 8 in NE Region two seasons in a row
174 Ryan Sblendorio ’15 (26-11), defeated 2 all-Americans last year in Puca (Cortland) and Lenhardt (JWU)
184 Simon Levin ’16 (11-7)
285 John San Filippo ’16, Thor Lichtenstein ’17 (3-3)

Top incoming wrestlers:
149-Zach Bloom (5th @ National Prep 152)
157-Carter Armendarez (top 12 in CA, 2x’s)
165-Matt Winchester (2nd in state NH, New England Qualifier)
165/174-Mitchell Klein (3rd place in Section I, NY 2 x’s)
184-Dominic Pirraglia (3rd place Suffolk County, NYS Qualifier, 1 win from placing)
184/197-Isaiah Bellamy (2 x 4th place @ National Prep Tournament)
285-Joe Bongo (NJ Region runner-up & state qualifier)

Season outlook:
Last season the team was very young after graduating the best class in Wesleyan Wrestling history in 2013. This young team gained quality mat-time with 9 of the 10 starters attaining winning records. Now Wesleyan becomes a bit more veteran with a talented junior class, experienced, talented sophomore class, great additions with the freshman class, and Ryan Sblendorio leading the senior class. The team is excited and optimistic to get back to their consistent successful ways and compete at a high level this season.


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