BLOOMSBURG- Bloomsburg University head wrestling coach John Stutzman was named the 2006-07 Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Coach of the Year. In addition, the Huskies' Matt Moley (Phoenixville/Spring-Ford) was named EWL Freshman of the Year.
In his second season as head coach, Stutzman guided the team to a 12-9 overall record with a 4-2 mark in the EWL. Under his leadership, he led Bloomsburg to second-place finishes at the Navy Classic and 2007 PSAC Tournament. At the EWL Tournament, the Huskies qualified six wrestlers for the 2007 NCAA Tournament where Bloomsburg heavyweight Mike Spaid (Perkiomenville/Boyertown) garnered All-American honors by placing eighth. It was the school's first All-American in 13 years.
Stutzman has a 23-18 career record including an 8-4 EWL mark as the head coach at Bloomsburg. In two years at the helm of the program, his wrestlers have earned 11 spots at the Division I NCAA Tournament. Prior to taking over head coaching duties for the Huskies, Stutzman spent five years as the recruiting coordinator at both Northern Illinois and Bloomsburg.
"It is a great honor for me, Matt and the program," said Stutzman. "I am very fortunate to have great assistant coaches in Coach Fronhofer, Beasely, Forbes, and Martucci. We are all looking forward to the 2007-08 season"
Moley, a 149-pound freshman, capped his first collegiate season by earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament where he went 2-2. Earlier in the season, he placed second at the Oklahoma Gold Tournament, the Navy Classic, and the PSAC Championships. Moley also grabbed a fourth-place finish at the 2007 EWL Tournament, along with a wild card selection to the NCAA's. He finished his 2006-07 campaign with a record of 27-14 including six major decisions, one technical fall and seven pins.
"Matt is a very talented freshman who has a bright future," Stutzman added. "After going 2-2 at the NCAA's I feel next year he can make a push to become an All-American/National Champion."