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Bloomsburg Recruits

Postby Bart » Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:20 pm

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University wrestling coach Jason Mester has announced his 2016-17 wrestling recruiting class as well as his 2016-17 schedule.

Mester, who is beginning his fourth season with the Huskies, will welcome 11 new grapplers to the team this season.

All 11 recruits were placewinners at their respective state championships including John Barber, a three-time Georgia state champion, and Kevan Gentile of Jim Thorpe, who was the PIAA Class AA state champion at 106 pounds this year. In addition, Reid Stanley of Waynedale, OH won 210 matches (against just 17 losses) in his high school career.

The Huskies 2016-17 schedule will feature eight home dates along with the EWL (Eastern Wrestling League) Championships in March. The season will begin with the Bloomsburg Duals featuring Davidson and Keystone College (newly restored program) on Nov. 6. The Huskies will also welcome Big 10 opponent Michigan State to the Nelson Field House mats on Saturday, Nov. 26. A pair of non-conference matches will be held in January at home with Hofstra in town on Jan. 6 with local-rival Bucknell visiting on Jan. 29th. EWL matches to be contested at Nelson will be Lock Haven, Edinboro and Rider. Bloomsburg will also host the EWL Championships on Mar. 4, 2017.

Get the complete 2016-17 schedule here.

2016-17 Recruiting Class

Name-Weight High School State State Placement HS record
Kyle Murphy-184 Bridgewater-Raritan NJ 6th 125-22
Tyler Worthing-184 Kiski Area PA 4th, Super 32-4th 90-16
Nate Newberry-149 Biglerville PA 4th, 7th 146-26
Willy Girard-125 Williams Valley PA 3rd, 7th 136-33
Derek Wilson-125 South Western PA 5th 114-32
Reid Stanley-157 Waynedale OH 6th,5th,4th,7th 210-17
Kevin Wesolowski-157 Pittston Area PA 2x JUCO qualifier 76-49
Anthony Vetrano-184 Middle Town North NJ 3rd 122-24
John Barber-141 Buford GA 3x Champion
Bruce Graeber-285 Neshaminy PA 3rd, 5th 128-34
Kevan Gentile-125 Jim Thorpe Area PA 1st, 4th 142-25
http://buhuskies.com/news/2016/7/26/wre ... 16-17.aspx
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Re: Bloomsburg Recruits

Postby mattown-maniac » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:38 pm

Looks like a pretty good class!
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Re: Bloomsburg Recruits

Postby d » Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:56 pm

http://news.theopenmat.com/college-wres ... -out/58749

Bloomsburg is down. Can they rebuild?
Written by: Alex Steen in College Wrestling News, Wrestling News Wire 08/06/2016

In the history of Bloomsburg wrestling, which dates back to 1936, the program has never seen such lows as they’ve experienced the past two years. After finishing second in the EWL in 2014 and finishing with a 9-8 dual record, the Huskies have stumbled to two consecutive last place finishes in the conference and an abysmal 1-30 dual record. These are dark days indeed.

The question for Bloomsburg now is can they recover? They are one of four wrestling teams, Clarion, Edinboro and Lock Haven are the other three, that wrestle at the Division I level while the rest of their athletic department is Division II. This has made sense, historically, as the Huskies, while not exactly title contenders, have been able to compete in the EWL and hold their own against top level programs. The team even has three top-10 NCAA tournament finishes, in 1985, 1986 and 1987.

Certainly two bad years is not enough to sound the death knell for the program, but there are other reasons for concern. The roster turnover that occurred when the previous head coach, John Stutzman, left for Buffalo was understandable, but it has continued to plague the program as new coach Jason Mester, now entering his fourth season, has taken control. Bloomsburg has still been able to attract talented recruits, but keeping them around and performing on the mat has been a struggle. Whether this is a temporary run of bad luck or a symptom of a larger problem is a question the administration must be asking.

Continued roster turnover, regardless of the reason, can put a program’s Academic Progess Rate in jeopardy, leading to penalties such as post-season bans. Currently, Bloomsburg wrestling sits comfortably outside of trouble with an APR of 954 for the most recently reported year, 2014-15, but it is something to keep an eye on if the program does not rebound soon.

The incoming recruiting class is exactly what a program in this situation needs, though it remains to be seen how many will hang around and develop. It includes quantity, 11 wrestlers in total, and quality, many Pennsylvania state place winners, a Pennsylvania state champion and a number of other solid prospects. They’ll have a chance to compete for line-up spots early on as there aren’t a lot of bright spots returning from last year. The Huskies had no NCAA qualifiers for the second consecutive year and had only one wrestler, Brendon Colbert (157), in the top four at the EWL tournament.

The Huskies are not going to recover in a single season. However, Coach Mester needs to show progress. No head coach in program history with at least four years at the helm has a winning percentage below .483. Mester’s sits at .208 and would be much worse if not for his 9-8 record in his first season. This is his team now and there needs to be marked improvement to show he is up for the challenge.

The 2016-17 Bloomsburg wrestling schedule features duals against Michigan State (Nov 26th), Lock Haven (Dec 16th) and Edinboro (Jan 7th). The Huskies will see more dual action at the Boilermaker Duals hosted by Purdue (Nov 12th) and the Pitt Duals on Jan 14th. Their tournament schedule opens with the PSAC Championships at Lock Haven (Dec 16th) and also includes the Wilkes Open on December 22nd. Bloomsburg hosts the EWL Championships March 4th. The NCAA tournament is March 16th through 18th in St. Louis.
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Re: Bloomsburg Recruits

Postby KTG » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:02 pm

be nice to see Bloomsburg competitive again. I like seeing Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Edinboro, and Clarion represent well at national level.

regarding something from the article...Bloomsburg being top 10 in 85, 86, and 87. 10th, 7th, and 5th, very nice run and of course those were the Bonomo years. What's the best finish otherwise for Bllomsburg?

re-looked at Ricky B's three year run that got them into the top 10 those years. Wins were 16-2, 19-3, pin, pin, 17-3 for 1st title. 20-5, 15-2, 5-0, 14-5, 9-4 for 2nd one. Pin, 20-5, 10-4, 9-6, 8-4 to get 3rd crown. NICE
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