Coach Pogel is a graduate of Mercyhurst University where he was a three year starter at 149 pounds. Brian had a very successful career at Mercyhurst that was unfortunately shortened due to several shoulder surgeries. He was the East Region Champion in 2008 where he received his first bid to nationals and was one match away from All- American. Brian was ranked as high as 3rd in the country in 2007. In high-school, Brian wrestled at Hampton, and was pulled up to varsity as a freshman, where he had an extremely successful career placing 6th in PIAA AAA State Championships and a record of 133 - 23.