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2019-20 Early Lineup Look: Buffalo

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photo courtesy of Cam Kramer

Today we’ll look at one of the surprise teams of the postseason in 2018-19, the Buffalo Bulls. Seventh-year head coach John Stutzman leads a group qualified six wrestlers for the NCAA Championships a year ago. That total was the highest for the program since they had six in the 2011 season. Two Bulls wrestlers captured MAC titles, though neither has earned an automatic qualifying slot for the conference. In dual meet competition, the Bulls went 12-5 with five conference wins. Also, 2019 saw the program produce it’s first four-time national qualifier...ever. For these reasons and more, Stutzman was named a finalist for the NWCA’s DI Coach of the Year award. Stutzman and his staff will have to work their magic again, as four of the six national qualifiers from last season have graduated. Since Stutzman took the reins of his alma mater in 2013, Buffalo has gradually improved their recruiting so down expect a huge dropoff. At his previous stop in Bloomsburg, Stutzman and his staff were known for their ability to develop under-the-radar recruits. Now with some better incoming freshman, combined with a system that produces quality DI wrestlers despite not having a boatload of high school credentials, we would be witnessing the rise of a new power in the MAC Conference. Of course, as we have mentioned in other previews, the MAC will expand in 2019-20 to include teams formerly in the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL). Even with that addition, this group could threaten to finish in the top four or five of this super-conference.

Previous “Early Lineup Looks”

Arizona State

Army West Point

Campbell

Chattanooga

Fresno State

Iowa State

Lehigh

Lock Haven

Michigan

Missouri

North Carolina

Northwestern

Oklahoma

Old Dominion

Pittsburgh

Princeton

Rutgers

Stanford

Wisconsin

Wyoming

125 - Bradley Cheek (Freshman; Canisteo, New York)

         Jordan Reyes  (Freshman; Willamina, Oregon)

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