photo courtesy of John Sachs; Tech-Fall.com
The Purdue Boilermakers had a 2019-20 campaign that was the program’s best in over a decade. More seasons like the last one should unfold for head coach Tony Ersland with a recruiting class like the Class of 2021. This group improved Friday morning with the verbal commitment from the #53 recruit in the nation, Stoney Buell (Dundee, MI). Stoney was a big part of a Dundee program that dominated the D3 level in Michigan and finished ninth in the Great Lakes Region. He won his third state title in three years while competing at the 160 lb weight class. Last summer, Buell won a stop sign in Fargo by prevailing in the 152 lb bracket at 16U Freestyle Nationals. During the regular season, Dundee traveled to Ohio for the Brecksville Invitational, where Stoney came away with a fourth-place finish. Stoney recently participated in the Midwest Iron Man Duals in South Dakota and won 15 of 16 matches across all three styles.
Buell is the third wrestler currently ranked in the top-100 committed to the Boilermakers, joining #45 Ben Vanadia (Brecksville, OH) and #61 Dustin Norris (LaSalle, OH). This class is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory for Purdue. Earlier this summer, TOM spoke with coach Ersland and one of the topics addressed was his staff recruiting in neighboring Big Ten states. The Michigan-native Buell is another in this trend. Stoney projects as a 165 lber for Coach Ersland’s team. Currently, the starter for Purdue at that weight is sophomore Emil Soehnlen, who missed the majority of the 2019-20 season due to an injury. In our most recent HS rankings (which dropped 2020 seniors), Stoney was sixth at 160 lbs.
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