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Wrestling: Off-season Roundup

News and notes on: Incoming Recruits, the 2014-2015 schedule, and coaching staff changes.

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2014 Recruiting Class

After a disappointing season that saw the Bulls finish with a 3-17, the Bulls were looking for an instant impact freshman class. Mission Accomplished. Coach Stutzman and his staff wasted no time on the recruiting trail, snagging 19 grapplers in the process. Coach Stutzman's class also ranked 18th nationally, ahead of the likes of Michigan, Army, and NC State. This is a huge win for the Bulls given the poor season last year, it really shows that the coaches are able to sell the program to recruits and a strong recruiting base will help UB become a power both within the MAC and nationally. For the full list of recruiting rankings click HERE.

UB Bulls Wrestling 2014 Recruit Class
Name Hometown/High School Projected Weight
Kyle Akins Sycamore, IL / Sycamore HS 125
Justin Cooksey Wantagh, NY / MacArthur HS 141
Colt Cotten Benton, PA / Benton HS 149
Jason Estevez Livingston, NJ / Livingston HS 133/141
Danny Graham West Seneca, NY / West Seneca East HS 149
Jake Gunning Bethlehem, PA / Bethlehem Liberty HS 285
Trevor Hoffmier Newark Valley, NY / Newark Valley HS 165/174
Ian James Rochester, NY / Greece Olympia HS 285
Ryan Kromer Youngstown, NY / Lewiston Porter HS 165
Skylar Kropman Penfield, NY / Penfield HS 149
Bryan Lantry Walworth, NY / Wayne HS 125
Brandon Lapi Amsterdam, NY / Amsterdam HS 141
Sean Peacock Clifton Springs, NY / Midlakes HS 133
Brett Perry Ontario Center, NY / Wayne HS 184
Blake Retell Albany, NY / Shaker HS 133
Rocco Russo Frontier, NY / Frontier HS 141/149
Daniel Smith Adams, NY / South Jefferson HS 184
Alex Smyth Eden, NY / Eden HS 157
Jake Weber Clarence, NY / Clarence HS 174

This years recruiting class provides depth across the board at all of the weight classes and gives the Bulls a lot more flexibility in terms of lineup strategies. Most weight classes with be 3-4 and possibly 5 men deep, so in the event of an injury there will be more than enough quality depth to see Bulls through any situation.

2014-2015 Schedule

UB Wrestling 2014 - 2015 Schedule
Event / Opponent Date Location
Campbell University Nov. 1 Blues Creek, NC
Appalachian State Duals Nov. 2 Boone, NC
Oklahoma Gold Classic Nov. 8 Brockport, NY
New York State Collegiate Championships Nov. 22 Ithaca, NY
Northeast Duals Nov. 29 Albany, NY
Kent State* Dec. 6 Alumni Arena
Central Michigan Dec. 14 Alumni Arena
Southern Scuffle Jan. 1-2 Chattanooga, TN
Northern Iowa* Jan. 10 Cedar Falls, IA
South Dakota St. & Dakota Wesleyan Jan. 11 Brookings, SD
Columbia Jan. 16 Alumni Arena
Old Dominion* Jan. 23 Norfolk, VA
Ohio Jan. 25 Athens, OH
Missouri* Feb. 6 Alumni Arena
Binghamton Feb. 13 Binghamton, NY
Eastern Michigan* Feb. 15 Alumni Arena
Northern Illinois* Feb. 20 DeKalb, IL
MAC Championships Mar. 7-8 Columbia, MO

Note: A * indicates a MAC Opponent

Much like last year, the Bulls will face one of the most brutal schedules in all of Division I. With duals against reigning MAC Champion Missouri, and perennial powerhouses Old Dominion, Columbia and Northern Iowa, the Dual Meet Schedule will be a grind. One event to note is the Bulls were invited to participate in the Southern Scuffle hosted by UT Chattanooga. The Southern Scuffle is a two day tournament where some of the best teams in the nation compete, including reigning National Champion Penn State, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, among others. The strong competition throughout the year will only help the Bulls as they push towards the MAC Championships hosted by Missouri in March, and hopefully to the NCAA Division I Tournament also taking place in March.

Coaching Staff Additions

Wrapping up off-season news for the Wrestling Team is the addition of two new assistant coaches to John Stutzman's staff. Joining Stutzman will be Justin Grant and Josh Roosa; both men are former Bloomsburg wrestlers that had wrestled under Stutzman during his tenure as the Husky's head coach.

Roosa was a top-20 wrestler during his career as a Husky and will look to bring the success he had in Bloomsburg to Buffalo working with the lighter weight classes. Grant was a two-time NCAA qualifier during his career, with one appearance coming under the tutelage of Coach Stutzman. The former All-American will be working with the heavyweights trying to improve a weight that has not had stability the past few seasons.

The additions of Grant and Roosa to the coaching staff will provide both experience and a winning to help aid the 19 incoming recruits in their development cycle and help the returning veterans get over the hump and into the NCAA Tournament.