By Jim & Tony Nordland

     Defending CAA team champion Hofstra will host Wisconsin this Sunday (November 20th) at noon at the David S. Mack Sports Complex in a opening dual meet for both squads. Wisconsin finished tenth at the 2011 NCAA meet, but will be without the services of three of their standouts as they opted for an Olympic redshirt including  NCAA champion Andrew Howe. Leading the Badgers will be Cole Schmitt (149) and junior Ben Jordan at 165 pounds. Others to watch are Shane McQuade (125), Tommy Glenn (141) and Frank Cousins at 174.

Hofstra will be paced by returning All-American senior Paul Gillespie (28-10) at 165 and CAA champions Ben Clymer (22-10) at 184 and Paul Snyder (25 wins) at 285 pounds. Other top Pride returnees are; Steve Bonanno (125), Luke Vaith (141), Vince Varela (149) and tough Justin Accordino in the 157-pound weight class. Two freshmen Jermaine John (158-18 career) from Bethpage and state champion Joe Kavanagh (160-14) from Wantagh will battle for the spot at 174 pounds. Rounding out the line-up willl be Jamie Franco (133) and Matt Loew (15 wins) at 197 pounds.

Mat Notes...
At the Bearcat Binghamton Open this past weekend the Pride crowned one champion among its three finalists and had a strong showing in their initial competition. Paul Gillespie (5-0) captured the 165-pound title with a 2-1 victory over Binghamton's Matt Kaylor. Earning silver medals were Steve Bonanno (125) and Ben Clymer (184), as both dropped matches to Cornell teammates. Bonanno on a close 6-5 verdict to Frank Perelli and Clymer a 3-0 decision to Big Red's All-American Steve Bosak. Hofstra's Paul Snyder battled back for third place and edged Maciej Jochym of Cornell at 285 pounds.

Wisconsin head coach  Barry Davis is now in his18th season at the helm. Davis (162-9-1 career mark) is a former three-time NCAA champion for Iowa under the tutelege of legendary coach Dan Gable. Davis was also a 1984 Olympic Silver medalist.
Rob Anspach (PA native) becomes the Pride's 11th head coach. Anspach is a 2001 Hofstra alumnus and a two-time NCAA qualifier. He has been with the program for the past ten years and stated: "I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead and  feel I have the ability to continue Hofstra in the right direction. He added, I would like to thank both Tom Shifflet and Tom Ryan, both mentors and friends, for helping me get to this day."

   The Empire State has eight current head coaches in Division I wrestling. They are
Pat Popolizio (Binghamton), Carl Adams (now in his 30th season at Boston University), Jim Beichner (Buffalo), Carl Fonhofer (Columbia), Clar Anderson (Duke), Kerry McCoy (Maryland), Tom Ryan (Ohio State) and Steve Garland at the University of Virginia.
Hofstra's Steve Bonanno