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2009-10 Bucknell Wrestling

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Season Outlook

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Over the last three years Bucknell has had seven different wrestlers earn a combined 12 NCAA berths, improved its EIWA finish from ninth to eighth to third, had its first All-American in nearly 15 years and won 32 duals against a difficult schedule that featured at least a handful of ranked opponents each year. The scary thing for Bison foes is all that has occurred without a senior on the roster. In 2009-10, for the first time since the reinstatement of the program to varsity status, Bucknell will have a senior class to lead the way. And, it is quite an impressive group of seniors. The only three student-athletes left on the roster from fourth-year head coach Dan Wirnsberger’s initial recruiting class, David Marble, Andy Rendos and Shane Riccio have combined for eight NCAA appearances and 244 individual victories. Each ranks in the top 10 in Bucknell history in wins, while Rendos and Riccio are tied for the top spot on the single-season wins ledger with 33 last year. They have been leaders all along, but those upperclassmen, as well as junior Kevin LeValley, will be counted on to lead the Bison to the lofty goals Wirnsberger envisioned when the program was in its infancy less than half a decade ago - a perennial national top-20 ranking and the ability to produce All-Americans on a yearly basis. As was the case last year when it wrestled seven nationally ranked opponents, Bucknell will once again have a tough slate in 2009-10. The Bison’s 11 victories last year tied for the second-most in program history, and they will have to up their performance to make it back-to-back seasons with at least 10 wins for the first time in program history. They open up the campaign against three tough ACC programs on Nov. 15, host 22-time national champion Iowa alonog with EIWA foe Rutgers in November, have a five-match road trip in January and February and host preseason nationally ranked American on Senior Day. Luckily for Bucknell, plenty of experience is present on the roster, headlined by Marble, Rendos and Riccio. 125 - Projected Starter....................................................... Derek Reber Derek Reber posted one of the best freshman seasons in Bucknell history last year, going 31-12 overall and a team-best 8-0 in EIWA duals. He finished third at the EIWA Championships and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The Lewisburg, Pa., native did not lose a bout to an unranked opponent after Dec. 5, entering NCAAs. However, the sophomore injured his knee during the preseason and will likely miss the entire 2009-10 campaign. Jose Matos saw some time at 125 last year, posting a solid 13-5 mark, but he is taking the first semester off of school, leaving freshman Derrik Russell to take Reber’s starting spot. A four-sport star in high school, Russell placed in the top seven in New Jersey three times. 133 - Projected Starter......................................................David Marble For the fourth consecutive season Marble will hold down the starting spot at 133 pounds. The three-time NCAA qualifier who is tied for eighth on Bucknell’s career wins list (81) shows up in the Intermat preseason rankings at No. 13. He was nationally ranked for 11 weeks last year, reaching as high as No. 14. Marble, who works closely with Bison assistant coach Dave Hoffman, a former All-American at Virginia Tech, has five career wins at the NCAA Championships and has three consecutive top-six showings at the EIWA Championships, including a fourth-place finish a year ago and a runner-up placing in 2008. “David proved he is more than capable of being an All-American with his runner-up performance at University Nationals this past spring,” commented Wirnsberger. “He has beaten just about everyone in the country, but has yet to nail down that elusive All-America honor. I expect him to challenge for his first All-America award next March.” 141 - Projected Starter...................................................... Adam Healey Keep an eye on.................................................................... Zac Hancock A starter in Bucknell’s final 18 dual matches last season, Adam Healey posted an 18-20 record, including 3-4 in EIWA duals. The 18 wins were the most by a Bison who did not qualify for the NCAA Championships and the second-most by a Bucknell freshman. “Adam is one of our most dedicated student-athletes and seems poised to have a breakout season,” commented Wirnsberger. Pushing Healey for a starting position will be freshman Zac Hancock. The Laura, Ohio, native was a two-time state champion, three-time state finalist and a four-time state placewinner in high school. 149 - Projected Starter....................................................Kevin LeValley One of Bucknell’s three first-time NCAA qualifiers in 2009, LeValley will be the starter at 149 pounds for the third straight season. The junior faced a team-high 10 ranked opponents entering NCAAs and still won a career-high 29 matches, the 11th-most in program history. A sixth-place finish at the EIWA Championships helped him earn his NCAA berth and he went 1-2 at NCAAs. During the offseason LeValley, who was tabbed a team co-captain, brought home freestyle All-America honors with a runner-up performance at the Univer-

sity Nationals. That performance qualified him for a chance to compete at the World Team Trials and earn a position on the United States World Team. “I think his offseason performances really helped Kevin,” said Wirnsberger. “I expect him to bring that poise and confidence to the mats this season and challenge for All-America honors.” Joining LeValley at 149 will be sophomore John Regan. Regan saw time at 141 and 157, in addition to 149, during his rookie campaign and posted a 14-9 mark. At 149, Regan accumulated an 11-6 record, including an 18-3 win by tech fall in his only dual start. 157 - Projected Starter...................................................... Scott Sechler Keep an eye on............................................. Brantley Hooks, Corey Lear Bucknell had four different starters at 157 pounds last year and the competition for the starting spot will once again be intense. Scott Sechler came on strong late in the year, earning a sixth-place finish at the EIWA Championships while also posting a 10-8 decision over Lehigh’s No. 7-ranked Sean Bilodeau late in the season. Overall, Sechler was 12-16, but he was above .500 (3-2) in EIWA duals. Junior Brantley Hooks, who took last year off after starting his first two seasons, will challenge Sechler. Additionally, freshman Corey Lear is expected to see time after winning the Pennsylvania state title wrestling at Benton High School last year. “This weight class has seen a number of starters over the last few years and it will be important to receive some consistency here if we are going to build on last year’s team success,” mentioned Wirnsberger. 165 - Projected Starter...................................................... Andy Rendos Like Marble at 133 pounds, there is no doubt who the starter is at 165 pounds. Rendos is coming off one of the best seasons in program history that featured a berth in the EIWA finals, a third straight trip to the NCAA Championships, a fifthplace showing at NCAAs and the first Bison All-America honor in nearly 15 years. He enters the season sixth in the Intermat preseason rankings, is tied for fifth on Bucknell’s career wins list with 88 and is sixth with a career winning percentage of .779. Rendos has his eyes set on becoming Bucknell’s first NCAA champion and the second Bison to earn All-America honors twice. 174 - Projected Starter....................................................... Shane Riccio Another of Bucknell’s four-year starters that are in the process of rewriting the Bison record books, Riccio enters the 2009-10 campaign 10th on Bucknell’s career wins list with a three-year record of 75-38. He placed third at last year’s EIWA Championships and advanced to his second consecutive NCAA Championships. There, he went 1-2 and finished the season winning 18 of his final 23 bouts. His 33 wins tied Rendos and Brian Pitzer for first on the Bison single-season victories list. “Shane enters this year ranked No. 13 in the nation and I am optimistic about his opportunity to get back to the national tournament and become an All-American for the first time,” said Wirnsberger, who was a three-time All-American at Michigan State. 184 - Projected Starter.................................................David Thompson Keep an eye on......................................................................Rob Waltko David Thompson made a somewhat surprising NCAA appearance last year, earning an at-large berth after placing fifth at the EIWA Championships. That success has landed him a No. 19 national ranking in the Intermat preseason rankings. Thompson was a solid 23-16 last year, including 6-2 in EIWA duals, starting all but one of Bucknell’s 20 dual matches at 184 pounds. Rob Waltko, who earned one start at 184 and went 8-13 as a rookie, will challenge Thompson after working out in Lewisburg all summer. “Rob’s progress has been remarkable after his commitment over the summer,” raved Wirnsberger. “There is no doubt he has all the physical tools needed to win.” 197 - Projected Starter............................................................Jay Hahn Keep an eye on..................................................................Joe McMullan Jay Hahn started the 2008-09 campaign off with a 5-1 record and a fourthplace finish at the Michigan State Open. However, the Malvern, Pa., native lost his final four matches and a knee injury cut his season short. Wirsberger tried Waltko and the since-departed Nathan Jones at 197, but was unable to find consistency. A healthy Hahn and freshman Joe McMullan, a two-time national prep champion and the No. 91 recruit in the country, should give Bucknell solid production at 197. HWT - Projected Starter................................................. Conor Sweeney Like last year when Bucknell ended the year without a heavyweight on the roster, Bucknell will not have much depth at this weight class as freshman Conor Sweeney is the only member. Despite the lack of depth, the Bison will be much improved as Sweeney was a New Jersey state qualifier as a senior at Seton Hall Prep.

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2009-10 Bucknell Wrestling Media Guide  

2009-10 Bucknell Wrestling Media Guide

2009-10 Bucknell Wrestling Media Guide  

2009-10 Bucknell Wrestling Media Guide

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