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    Olivet returns most of its strong team from a year ago, highlighted of course by 174 lb. runner-up Kyle Vanderhyde. There is also some anticipated shifts in weight as Jason Brew returns to his more natural 157 and 184 lb. qualifier Daron Cruickshank drops to 165. As the only Division III team in Michigan, Coach Hibbs has done a good job convincing talented Michigan wrestlers to stay home. “Lahar and Birmingham are obviously very nice additions to our program, but we also believe that this class has talent throughout. They should make our room a lot more competitive, and add some welcome depth,” adds Coach Hibbs. They have the talent to challenge Delaware Valley for the Midwest Regional title, and it will come down to who performs the best on that day. Hibbs adds, We don't have as much national level experience as we would like to carry with us, but we are excited about the rise in talent level and the training ethic now in our program. The announcement of a new wrestling facility in the next year also has created a degree of anticipation. This season will be mostly about whether we can mature as a team and be ready to compete in the important regional and national events. As a team, we have not yet broken through at that level, and that's obviously the greater goal.


    School: Olivet College
    Head Coach: Todd Hibbs
    Years at School: Fourth Season
    Assistant Coaches: Tedd Engle, Jeff Therrian
    Student Assistants: Jeff Wright, Joel Rozeboom
    2006-2007 Dual Meet Record: 13-6-1
    2007 NCAA Place: 21st
    2007 National Qualifying Tournament Place: 2nd MW Regional

    Returning NCAA Qualifiers and All-Americans:
    174 Kyle Vanderhyde, 2nd
    165 Daron Cruickshank, Q at 184
    Total Number of Returning Starters: 8
    Notable Incoming Freshmen:
    125 Abe Abdulla (Dearborn Fordson), State finishes of 1st and 4th in Division I
    141 Jesse Bain (Hartland), 4-time Division I placer
    141/149 Ben Hitchcock (Eastern Michigan transfer, Montrose) 3-time placer, State Champ
    149 Vince Lahar (Clio), 3-time state champion
    157/165 Blake Birmingham (Central Michigan transfer, Battle Creek Lakeview) State Champion 2006
    197 Jason Weatherspoon (Napoleon) State finishes of 1st and 3rd
    Projected Lineup:
    125: Kyle Labrecque/Blair Mellish/Abe Abdulla
    133: Blake Gardner/Adam Wilson
    141: Rob Yahrmarkt/Jesse Bain/Ben Hitchcock
    149: Vince Lahar/Ben Hitchcock
    157: Jason Brew
    165: Daron Cruickshank
    174: Kyle Vanderhyde
    184: Joe Bargerstock/Aaron Stewart (back from USMC in Iraq)
    197: Joey Yurisich/Tucker Surbrook/Jason Weatherspoon
    285: Sean Misko
    Last edited by Schlottke; 10-05-2007 at 10:42 AM.

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