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Bucknell Wrestling Announces Incoming Recruits for 2008-09
Eight Individuals Comprise Head Coach Dan Wirnsberger's Third Recruiting Class
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell wrestling program will welcome eight newcomers to the squad for the 2008-09 season, head coach Dan Wirnsberger announced on Wednesday. The recruiting class, which is the third for Wirnsberger as the frontman for the Bison, is comprised of student-athletes from five different states, including three from Pennsylvania, two from New Jersey and one each from New York, Ohio and Virginia.
"I am excited to bring these young men into our Bison wrestling family," said Wirnsberger. "It is a talented group, but more importantly, these young men are scholar-athletes. They understand the importance of higher education and the commitment needed to reach their individual athletic goals. I look forward to the development process."
The following is an alphabetical list of the eight student-athletes who will join the Bison as members of the Class of 2012:
Name Wt. Hometown/High School
Wade Baldwin 141 New Providence, N.J./New Providence
Nicholas Czapla 157 Warsaw, N.Y./Warsaw
Mike DiGalbo 157/165 Mullica Hill, N.J./St. Augustine Prep
Kevin Foley 157 Fredericksburg, Va./Brooke Point
Adam Healey 149 Wilkes Barre, Pa./Wyoming Seminary
Nathan Jones 197 Sidney, Ohio/Troy Christian
Derek Reber 125 Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area
John Regan 141 Plum Borough, Pa./The Kiski School
Wade Baldwin (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) - 141 … coached by Donnie DeFilippis and Gary Bremer at New Providence High School … district and county place-winner … 2006 Union County champion … 2007 War at the Shore runner-up … four-time Haddon Township Tournament Champion … named the tournament's outstanding wrestler in 2007 … served as team captain and was voted Co-MVP of the squad … earned all-conference and all-county honors … two-year captain of the cross country team … was team MVP and all-conference in cross country … threw javelin while competing for the track and field squad … graduated with honors … brother, Ross, wrestles at Brown.
Nicholas Czapla (Warsaw, N.Y./Warsaw) - 157 … two-time high school All-American … set eight school records … won his weight at the Empire State Games twice … took third and second at the N.Y. State tournament … claimed a Junior Greco state title.
Mike DiGalbo (Mullica Hill, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) - 157/165 … posted a career record of 129-24, including a 41-4 mark as a senior … placed second in Region 8 in 2008 … won three district titles … took fifth at the NJSIAA state tournament … won his weight at the Mt. Olive Tournament … four-time Cape Atlantic League first team selection and two-time All-Private School first team honoree … in top 25 percent of graduating class and is an honor roll student.
Kevin Foley (Fredericksburg, Va./Brooke Point) - 157 … lettered in wrestling, soccer, golf and cross country at Brooke Point High School … posted a career record of 147-42 … was a state qualifier, a two-time regional place-winner and a four-time district place-winner … two-year team captain … served as senior class vice president … National Honor Society and National German Honor Society member … four-time academic letterman … winner of the Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award … son of Butch and Gail Foley … has four brothers, John, Robert, Tim and Brian … father, Butch, lettered in football and baseball at Guilford College.
Adam Healey (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) - 149 … finished high school career as Wyoming Seminary's all-time wins leader, going 198-44 … placed three times at National Prep tournament (fourth, seventh and sixth) … won two titles and placed a total of six times at the Pennsylvania prep state tournament … took seventh at Beast of the East in 2007 … placed first at Escape the Rock in 2008 … collected three St. Albans Tournament championships … was selected to the 2008 Times Leader All-Star team … won Wyoming Seminary's W. Austin Bishop and Mary J. Muldoon Award for consistently high academic performance and athletic achievements.
Nathan Jones (Sidney, Ohio/Troy Christian) - 197 … 2007 Junior Olympic gold medalist … AAU Freestyle All-American … wrestled for Steve Goudy at Troy Christian High School … posted a career record of 144-32 … member of 2008 Division 3 state championship team … won Division 3 state title at 189 pounds in 2008 … 2007 Division 1 state qualifier (189 lbs.) … placed eighth in Division 1 at 171 lbs. in 2006 … 2005 Ohio freestyle cadet state champion (171 lbs.) … member of the 2005 Ohio Cadet National Freestyle duals team … two-time AAU Academic All-American … three-time Academic All-Ohio honoree … two-time team Most Valuable Wrestler selection.
Derek Reber - (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) - 125 … 2008 Pennsylvania state champion … four-time state place-winner … 2008 high school national finalist … represented Pennsylvania in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic … two-time NHSCA national champion … placed fifth at Junior Nationals in 2007 … posted a career record of 165-10 … National Honor Society member.
John Regan - (Plum Borough, Pa./The Kiski School) - 141 … four-time place-winner at Prep Nationals, taking third in 2008 and 2007, fifth in 2006 and sixth in 2005 … Liberty National champion … won three Prep state titles (2008, 2007 and 2006) … placed at Junior Olympic state tournament five times, winning one title … Westmoreland County Coaches Association champion in 2008 … took first at Valley Forge Cadet … logged a career record of 171-21, including a 44-2 mark as a senior.
Bucknell Wrestlers See Success at FILA Junior Freestyle National Championships
Marble and LeValley Collect Second-Place Finishes, Qualify for FILA Junior World Team Trials
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Seven members of the Bucknell wrestling squad competed at the FILA Junior Freestyle National Championships this past weekend where two of the Bison qualified for the FILA Junior World Team Trials. Sophomore David Marble (Harpursville, N.Y./Harpursville Central) and freshman Kevin LeValley (Hugo, Colo./Limon) both placed second at their respective weights, earning the duo an opportunity to contend for a spot on the World Team.
Marble went 4-1 at 60 KG (132.25 lbs.), including a first round technical fall (6-0, 7-0) and a pin versus Dan White (Sunkist Kids) 1:45 into the second period of his semifinal match before suffering a loss, 6-0, 6-1, to Dylan Alton (MAT-TOWN USA) in the championship bout. The competitors wrestled a best-of-three format, with each period set at two minutes in length.
LeValley, who wrestled at 66 KG (145.5 lbs.), went 4-1 in the tournament and saw three of his first four matches reach a deciding third period. LeValley won his semifinal bout against Corey Manson (Hicks Scrappin), 0-1, 3-3, 4-3, to advance to the championship where he fell to Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids), 6-1, 7-0.
Freshmen Tyler Riccio (Warren, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan Regional) and Scott Sechler (Slatington, Pa./Northern Lehigh) competed at 70 KG (154.25 pounds) where Sechler went 2-2 with two victories in the championship bracket. Freshman Chris Bailes (Middletown, Pa./Middletown Area) was 0-2 at 74 KG (163 lbs.), freshman Rob Waltko (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) picked up two wins in the wrestleback bracket at 79 KG (174 lbs.) to finish 2-2 and freshman David Thompson (West Liberty, Ohio/Graham Local) went 1-2 with a win in the wrestleback bracket at 84 KG (185 lbs.).
Marble and LeValley will vie for the opportunity to compete at the World Championships, in Istanbul, Turkey this summer when they travel to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 18-24, to take part in the FILA Junior World Team Trials.
Bucknell Wrestling Wraps Up 2007-08 Season on Day Two of NCAA Championships
Marble and Rendos Drop Close Matches in Consolation Bracket
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Bucknell wrestling squad wrapped up its 2007-08 season on Friday as sophomores Andy Rendos (Brockway, Pa./Brockway Area) and David Marble (Harpursville, N.Y./Harpursville Central) dropped hard-fought consolation matches and were eliminated on day two of the NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Marble suffered an 8-4 setback to Cory Fish of Boise State in the 133-pound consolation bracket. He managed to escape twice in the opening period, but surrendered three takedowns. In the second, Marble added two more points with a reversal, but fell short of a comeback, however. Marble, who made his second trip to the NCAA Championships in as many seasons, finishes his sophomore campaign with a record of 27-9.
Rendos was edged by No. 12-seed Jarrod King of Edinboro in his consolation bout at 165 by a 4-2 margin. After a scoreless opening period, Rendos chose down in the second and escaped to take a 1-0 lead, which would not last as King began the third with an escape and collected a takedown before tacking on the fourth point with riding time. Rendos, who is a two-time NCAA qualifier for the Bison, as well, wraps up his second season with the Orange and Blue with a 28-11 record.
As a team in 2007-08, Bucknell went 9-11-1 in duals (4-4 EIWA) and placed fourth at the EIWA Championships with three NCAA qualifiers.
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