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.
|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.
|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.