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TOM recently spoke with the head coach of Hofstra’s wrestling team Dennis Papadatos. Dennis is excited about the prospects of a Hofstra team that won seven of its last eight dual meets in 2019-20, went undefeated in conference action, and qualified a pair of wrestlers for the national tournament. His entire starting lineup returns, which includes a couple of wrestlers that narrowly missed automatically qualifying in 2020, as well. We talk about how Hofstra University and the wrestling team are preparing for an uncertain school year and wrestling season, what he learned from a rough 2019 campaign, and the relationship that former UFC champion Chris Weidman has with his alma mater. Straying from the wrestling mats, we also talk about Star Wars, youth baseball, hockey and how one of his student-athletes is a direct descendant of a US president. Finally, Dennis’ talks about his relationships with NC State head coach Pat Popolizio, new Navy coach Cary Kolat, and Wyoming Seminary’s Scott Green.