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Recruiting Roundup: Army, Hofstra, LIU Post

By Smitty, 10/21/19, 4:45PM EDT


Army Black Knights

For the upcoming season the Army Black Knights bring in a slew of freshman from around the country none of which are from New York.  Iraqi born Sahm Abdulrazzaq comes to West Point from Woodbridge, Virginia. Abdulraazaq was a 2x all-state wrestler for Woodbridge HS. Wrestling at 184lbs, Sahm will look to challenge current starter Noah Stewart.

Army brought in a trio of 149lbers, bringing even more depth to the weight. Michael McAteer comes in from St. Louis, Caden Blust from Tiffin, Ohio and Jordan Bates from Danville, Kentucky. Getting live mat time as freshman is crucial in the development of these student athletes.  Combined with solid practice partners, these three gentlemen will fit right in at West Point.

Freshmen 157lbers Logan Brown (Allen, TX) and Christian Hunt (Yorktown, IN) both hold vital roles for the Black Knights this season. Their development and progress will be of the utmost importance as they advance into their college careers. The starting 157lbs spot currently belongs to senior Captain and 2x NCAA Qualifier Lucas Weiland ( Barnhart, MO). Upon graduation, the 157lb weight class will be wide open and there for the taking.

Army Black Knights - Incoming Freshmen

Name High School Weight
Andrew Wert Jr Central Dauphin (PA) 133
Dominic Carone Streetsboro (OH) 141
Michael McAteer Whitfield (MO) 149
Jordan Bates Boyle County (KY) 149
Caden Blust Tiffin Columbian (OH) 149
Logan Brown Allen (TX) 157
Christian Hunt Yorktown (IN) 157
Mason Smith Walton Verona (KY) 165
Sahm Abdulrazzaq Woodbridge (VA) 184
Joseph Miller McQueen (NV) 197
Paul Robinson Bremen (GA) 285
Kai Burgman North Thurston (WA) 285

Hofstra Pride

Perhaps Hofstra biggest recruit hails from Section 3. Phoenix's Ross McFarland joins the pride with quite the resume as he wrapped up a stellar career for the Firebirds. McFarland was a 4x NYS Division 2 finalist, winning in 2018 as a junior at 170lbs. Projected to compete at 165lbs, McFarland hopes to battle with current starter and Section 8 standout Ricky Stamm (Levittown Division). Ross brings a business like approach to Hofstra and many expect "Ross The Boss" to excel immediately for the Pride. 

The Pride also adds the third member of the Heller family, Reece. The youngest of the trio joins brothers Sage and Holden as members of the Hofstra wrestling family. Hailing from Riverwoods Illinois, Reece finished 2nd in Illinois 3A State Championships as a senior for Marian Catholic. Heller looks to make an instant impact for Hofstra and plans to compete for the starting job at 157lbs this season.

The Pride gained a huge boost at 141 as they added Justin Hoyle (Maple Valley, WA). Hoyle wrestled for Coach Scott Green at nationally ranked Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania. Hoyle was a 5x Prep Nationals place finisher for the Blue Knights. That experience wrestling top notch competition should elevate Hoyle into a fine collegiate wrestler. With four other 141lbers on the roster, Justin will have to get acclimated quickly if he wants to break into the lineup year 1.

Hofstra Pride - Incoming Freshman

Name High School Weight
Mario Biancamano Don Bosco Prep (NJ) 141
Justin Hoyle Wyoming Seminary (PA) 141
Adrian St. Germain Curtis (WA) 149
Reece Heller Marian Catholic (IL) 157
Steven Zgaljardic Bard HS (NY) 157
Ross McFarland Phoenix-3 165
Ben Somerville Charter School of Wilmington (DE) 197

LIU Post Sharks

The Sharks have made the transition to Division 1 in 2019. Not only will they enter the EIWA and its grueling schedule, their wrestlers are making the sudden change of becoming division 1 student athletes. The excitement and anticipation of becoming a Division 1 program has provided some much need buzz for the LIU Post program.

The Sharks biggest addition may have come at 125lbs. James Ryan of Monsignor Farrell was a 2019 NYS Division 1 Champion in a brutal 120lbs bracket that included four NYS place finishers and one NYS finalist. James would finish his senior season with a 51-2 record losing to only nationally ranked Sam Latona of Thompson HS and S11 5th place finisher Dalton Otto of Connetquot.

The Sharks made it a priority of adding some depth at 141lbs this season. 2018 NYS Champion Chris Gomez is dropping from 149 to 141 this season and should be in line for the starter. Three New Yorkers come to LIU Post vying for that top spot at 141. New York State Finalist finalist Xaiver Pommells (Uniondale-8) and NYS Place Finisher Michael Blando (Massapequa-8) both know each other very well with Pommells taking down Blando in the county finals and NYS semi-finals. The third New Yorker being Adam Barker of Sachem North was a 4th place finisher in the Section 11 League 2 tournament as a senior.

LIU Post Sharks - Incoming Freshman

Name High School Weight
James Ryan Monsignor Farrell-C 125
Adam Barker Sachem North-11 141
Michael Blando Massapequa-8 141
Xavier Pommells Uniondale-8 141
Rhise Royster Rahway (NJ) 141
Stephen Calderaro East Meadow-8 165
Jeffrey Geller Staten Island Tech-P 174
TJ Franden Eastern Regional (NJ) 184

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