October 9, 2009
2009-10 Bloomsburg University Wrestling Preview
Bloomsburg University wrestling coach John Stutzman has a lot to be proud of as he begins his fifth season as head coach of the Huskies. He has coached a wrestler to All-American honors in each of the last three years; he has coached four EWL champions and one EWL Outstanding Wrestler. How did he reward himself? By increasing the strength of his schedule and making his job that much tougher.
"We have certainly put together a lot tougher schedule for ourselves this year than in past years," said Stutzman. "Along with our EWL matches, we face Penn State, go to the NWCA Duals, and take on Michigan and Central Michigan at the Northeast Duals. Challenging is not the word for this."
But Stutzman is not one to shy away from or back down from a challenge. "I do not know what to expect," Stutzman continued. "We are experienced at some weights and very green at others. I have no expectations other than I want the guys to wrestle hard and smart each match."
"We have four outstanding guys as captains this season in Matt Moley, Ricky Schmelyun, Jason Guffey and Brian Shaw," said Stutzman. "I expect them to provide us leadership in the early going and show our guys how to make the transition to Division I wrestling."
Weight by Weight
125- Look for Jason Guffey to drop down here after being at 133 the last three seasons. Guffey is an EWL placewinner and was top 16 at the U.S. Open Freestyle championships. He is dropping to a more natural weight and the coaching staff expects him to get to the NCAA championships. Behind Guffey will be James Bak, a two-time state qualifier and placewinner.
133-Jeremiah Biddle gets the nod at 133 pounds this season. Biddle has worked hard in the off-season and has had a year in the program. Danny Gaylord and Ryan Toussaint, a Maine State champion and New England runner-up, will back-up Biddle.
141- A crowded weight class should come down to Ricky Donald and Frank Hickman. Donald is a past NCAA qualifier and three-time EWL placewinner. Hickman is a red-shirt freshman who had a high school mark of 201-23. Behind those two will be Kenny Stank, Ian DeSole and Kyle Vincelli.
149- Red-shirt freshman Josh Roosa gets the call here. Roosa was fifth at the University Nationals last year and also spent time in Seoul, Korea as part of the NWCA All-Star team. Behind him will be Joe McAuley, a New Jersey state runner-up; Chris Smith a runner-up in Virginia; Charlie Gross a two-time state placewinner and Nate Russell.
157- Matt Moley, ranked second in the country at his weight, is a two-time All-American and was the OW at the EWL championships last year. Moley is a true team leader who leads by example. Behind Moley is Mike Wechsler, a sophomore, and Bryce Busler, a three-time state placewinner and Josh Veltre, who had 200 wins in high school.
165- Schmelyun won over 30 matches a year ago and was both an NCAA qualifier and EWL placewinner. He was ranked among the nation's leaders in pins for his weight class with 15 a year ago. Backing up Schmelyun will be Keith Hynson, a talented and maturing sophomore; Mike Dessino, a two-time state placewinner, and David Snook a freshman, that will battle for time on the mat.
174- Nate Graham had a break-out year for the Huskies in 2008-09 winning a PSAC championship, taking third at the EWL championships and winning 20 matches. Graham did the most work in the off-season and is maturing as a wrestler. Also look for Sam Shirey, a two-time state placewinner and David Saksek to compete for time as well.
184- Senior Brian Shaw and Derrick Coffey, a transfer from Old Dominion, will both see time at this weight. Shaw saw time at both 174 and 184 a year ago, while Coffey is also making the move up from 174.
197- Jacob Dabishinsky, a runner-up at both the Edinboro and Central Michigan Opens, and Mike Grillakis, a three-time New Hampshire state champion and a high school All-American will both compete for time at this weight. Also, look for Richard Perry, a Connecticut State champ, to see mat time here for the Huskies.
285- Zac Walsh gets the call here for Bloomsburg. The red-shirt sophomore had a great off-season and got bigger and stronger. He is expected to be much improved this coming season. Behind Walsh is Nate Knepp.
"Our goals remain constant from year to year, " said Stutzman. "We want to be a top 20 program, compete for an EWL championship and get as many All-Americans as we can. I think we are making great strides to accomplishing those goals. When you look at where this program was just a few years ago to now it is remarkable. We were an easy win for some teams. Now teams don't necessarily want to put us on their schedule. But, we will not back down from any challenge."
"I am really anxious to get started and can't wait to see how our guys perform," Stutzman concluded. The Huskies open the 2009-10 season at the Millersville Duals, then will be travel to State College for a match-up with Penn State.