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2019-20 DII Team Previews: #1 Pitt-Johnstown and #2 Notre Dame

original photos courtesy of Sam Janicki

It is time to start rolling out the Top 10 Previews for this upcoming Division II wrestling season. I cannot wait for the season to start and there is no better way to make sure you know what to expect from the contenders than a way too early look at what their lineup might be. Big thank you to the coaches who were so great with information.

Previous 2019-20 DII Team Previews

#3 Nebraska-Kearney and #4 St. Cloud State

#5 Lindenwood and #6 McKendree

#7 Newberry and #8 Maryville

#9 Upper Iowa and #10 Tiffin

#2 Notre Dame College

Head coach Sonny Marchette 1st season

In any other season, the news that Sonny Marchette was taking over the head coaching position for Notre Dame College would have been the biggest story in the #D2Wrestle offseason. Taking over for Frank Romano, he becomes just the second head coach in the history of the Falcons. Romano was at the helm for four NAIA national titles and then after transitioning to NCAA Division II, another four. The Notre Dame twitter handle is @ndcwrestling5x just to put things into perspective. All this program has known since its creation is winning. There are heavy expectations for the 2019-20 squad that returns four All-Americans and two wrestlers ranked first in the nation. Marchette has been with the Falcons since joining them as an assistant coach in 2012. In his time there, Notre Dame has produced 41 All-Americans and won 12 individual national titles. His first year as a head coach could bring a national title home to Notre Dame, as he will field one of the most experienced lineups in the country anchored by the best wrestler to have not won a national title. Senior Kameron Teacher returns for his final year still looking for that elusive national title and how he finishes could determine the fate of this team at nationals.

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