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Jon Laudenslager, Head Coach | e-mail

Jon Laudenslager begins his sixth season as the head wrestling coach at Wilkes University. Laudenslager has led Wilkes to a dual match record of 62-40-1 during his first five seasons.  Prior to taking over the head coaching chores he was an assistant coach for the Colonels for three seasons. 

A year ago Laudenslager guided the Colonels to a 19-7-1 record and his team finished the season ranked 23rd nationally.  The Colonels also took third-place at the Metropolitan Conference Championships where two wrestlers, junior 149-pounder Erik Smith and sophomore 165-pounder Frank Heffernan, qualified for the NCAA National Tournament for the first time in their careers.   

Laudenslager is a former standout wrestler for the Colonels, earning four varsity letters from 1994 to 1998 while wrestling at the Division I level. He broke onto the scene as a rookie when he fashioned an overall record of 24-7 while wrestling at both 126 and 134 pounds. Laudenslager finished fifth at the EIWA Championships and earned EIWA Rookie of the Year honors. His performance helped Wilkes fashion a dual match record of 14-10-1 and cop a tenth place finish at the EIWA Championships. He also ended his freshman season with a team-leading nine wins by fall.

As a junior Laudenslager concluded the season with an overall record of 17-10 at 134 pounds. He posted six wins by fall and came close to knocking off EIWA champion Carl Keske from Cornell University, dropping a hard-fought 11-9 decision. He also earned a second-place finish at the West Point Open, while claiming the team's Shawn Galbreath Academic Coaches Award.

Laudenslager wrestled primarily at 158 pounds during his senior season and fashioned an overall record of 11-5. For his efforts he was named the winner of the Timmy Adams Most Courageous Performer Award.

Laudenslager was a standout on the mats during his high school days at Pocono Mountain. During his career, he posted an overall record of 117-15-1.

A graduate of Wilkes with a degree in Psychology, Laudenslager is only the seventh head coach in the 58-year history of the Colonels wrestling program. 





Trevor Hiffa, Assistant Coach
 
Hiffa enrolled at RIT his freshman year before transferring to Oneonta. While at RIT, he was named Freshman of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler and tied the freshman record for wins in a season. 
 
In his three years at Oneonta, Hiffa was a three-time National Qualifier and two-time NCAA All-American, finishing in 4th place at heavyweight twice. During his senior season, he was ranked by the NCAA Coach’s Poll 1st in the country and had an undefeated regular season before being upset in the NCAA Tournament. 
 
Hiffa also excelled off the mat. He was twice named a Scholar All-American team selection, earned Academic All-American Honors, was the president of the school’s Physics Club and induction into Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.
   


Mitch Marcks, Assistant Coach

Mitch Marcks returns for his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Colonels.  Marcks is a 2004 graduate of King's College, where he earned a degree in Elementary Education.  He also earned a master's degree in education from Wilkes in 2006. 

Marcks was a four-year starter at 125 pounds for King's. During that time he amassed a school-record 144 wins, while suffering only 18 losses. Marcks also claimed two Middle Atlantic Conference championships in his weight class. A four-time NCAA Division III qualifier, Marcks had his best run in the NCAA Championships in 2003 when he finished as the runner-up. He was a three-time All-American, while also earning Pennsylvania Division III Wrestler of the Year honors twice.

Prior to arriving at King's, Marcks had an outstanding scholastic career at Dieruff High School in Allentown, where he was a Pennsylvania State qualifier.

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