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Meet the new Badger wrestling staff

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The 2011 Wisconsin wrestling team features several fresh faces with seven newcomers on its squad. Along with the incoming freshman, head coach Barry Davis' staff features three new assistant coaches, Ryan Morningstar, Kyle Ruschell and Trevor Brandvold.

UWBadgers.com sat down with these new coaches to get a better idea about what they expect from the team and what exactly they bring to the table.

Ryan Morningstar

How do you like the switch to Wisconsin?

"I like it a lot. It's a good fit for me. We have a good group of guys and a good staff. I'm working hard to win some national championships."

What do you bring to the program?
"I bring a hard work ethic and my experience on three national championship teams means I know what it takes to win. I just want to pass that on to these guys. I'm on my own now and I couldn't be in a better place."

What are your everyday duties as assistant coach?
"Right now, I am doing a lot of recruiting. I've been visiting and talking with guys. It's just getting going now as far as our season goes. We start our first practice next week and I'm excited for that."

What would you like to accomplish this year as a coach and what would you like to see the team accomplish?
"I think they are one in the same. If the team does well, I do well. My goals are that they reach their goals. I just want to help the team be the best they can be."

Kyle Ruschell

What do you hope to get out of this season?
"I think we really have to work with our younger guys and have them step up. I know their goal is to be All-Americans and national champions, but my own goal is to do everything I can to make that happen."

What is your primary role as the assistant coach?
"We separated the guys individually with different coaches. I'll take what I know about each guy and help them develop at each position. The big thing for our guys right now is bottom. I'm working primarily with 141, 149 and 157 lbs."

How is recruiting going?
"We've been doing just a little bit so far. I think we're going to go see a couple more guys soon. It's fun. I remember when I got recruited here and I just try to take what I learned from that. It was a great experience and I want to make the experience just as good for those kids."

How is being a coach going to help you with your wrestling?
"I've already started to view things differently. From practices to even position-wise in wrestling. Instead of looking at a move and trying to duplicate it, I see why it works."

Trevor Brandvold

How has the year been going so far?
"The guys have been doing a really good job working out on their own and lifting with Eric Bugenhagen, which I think has been great. They are going to be really strong this year and that's exciting. We'll start up with some regional training site practices. I'm really looking forward to getting back on the mat with those guys."

How do you feel about being a coach and not on the mat competing for UW?
"It's going to be new and exciting. Last year was kind of a cool year as a transition because I was one of two seniors. I think the guys already looked up to me as a team captain, so I feel like I am almost in the same role now as a younger coach, and a guy they can approach with their problems on and off that mat. I'm really looking forward to being there for them in that way. I'm excited to take an extra step in the coaching realm."

What is your goal as a coach this year?
"My goal this year is to really focus on the bigger guys and to help them get better. I know what it takes to succeed at a high level at the upper weights so I'm looking forward to working with the bigger guys. Also, being there for the guys on and off the mat is important to me. I also thing I bring an intensity and some unique techniques."

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