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Recruiting Roundup: Binghamton, Buffalo & Cornell

By Smitty, 10/24/19, 9:45AM EDT

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Binghamton Bearcats

The Bearcats hit the recruiting scene with a bang in 2019 landing three New York State Champions. The most impressive being Hilton's Sam Deprez. Sammy would finish his senior season with a 51-0 record on top of his state championship. The Deprez name has been a staple for the Bearcat team for 5 years now with brothers Louie (current), Anthony and Vincent all competing for the green and white.

A pair of Division 2 state champions, Cory Day (Iroquois-6) and Jacob Nolan (Saranac-7) provide a huge boost in the middle of the lineup at 165/174 respectively. Day was a 2x NYS placer, 4th in 2018, and brings a solid wrestling background to Binghamton. Many predicted Cory as a top 6 wrestler in 2019 but his championship run was MOW worthy in most eyes as he defeated four quality wrestlers including Jake Null of Dolgeville and Charlie Grygas of Duanesburg. Jacob Nolan would go on to complete one of the greatest careers in Section 7 history. He currently holds the wins record by a Section 7 wrestler and was a 5x NYS Place Finisher (1-2-4-6-D-6) and 6x NYS Qualifier for the Chiefs. It is safe to say that both Day and Nolan have what it takes to succeed at the collegiate level.

A trio of 125lbers have joined the bearcat squad led by 2x NYS Place Finisher Matthew Schreiber of Horace Greeley. The other two are from out of state, Carson Sauriol of Poway, California and Tomasso Frezza of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Frezza took 6th in the Illinois states last season while Sauriol was a 2x place finisher (7-X-5) in California. Will one of these three be able to break the lineup and dethrone current starter Audey Ashkar?

Binghamton Bearcats - Incoming Freshmen

Name High School Weight
Matthew Schreiber Horace Greeley-1 125
Carson Sauriol Poway (CA) 125
Tomasso Frezza Buffalo Grove (IL) 125
AJ DeRosa Milford (NJ) 133
JR Kazalas Quaker Valley (PA) 149
Cory Day Iroquois-6 165
Jacob Nolan Saranac-7 174
Sam DePrez Hilton-5 197

Buffalo Bulls

In total five NYS place finishers are headed west to Buffalo. The Bulls bring in a load of talent this season in order to gain some momentum during a grueling MAC season. Two of the biggest names to join the squad this season are 2x NYS Champion Hunter Shaut of Central Valley and 2019 NYS Champion Will Leonard of Cornwall. Both wrestlers have wrestled on the big stage their entire careers and should adapt well to the collegiate scene.

Local product Warren McDougald (Niagara Wheatfield-6) came up a tad short last season and finished in 2nd place at the NYS tournament. Warren was battle tested throughout as his quarterfinal, semi-final and final bouts ended in overtime. Warren also placed 3rd as a junior and 6th as a sophomore. 

Section 5 studs Ty Raines and Colton Crane wrapped up their careers with hardware in Albany. Raines would finish 3rd @ 152 and Crane 4th @ 285. Washingtonville's Thomas Maddox was a Seciton 9 Champion in 2019 and would go 1-2 at the NYS tournament.

It is a great sign to see the emergence of in-state talent rising to the surface. These eight gentlemen will provide depth and stability for this Bulls program. Each of them brings a variety of styles, strengths and abilities that can translate into a fine division 1 wrestler. 

Buffalo Bulls - Incoming Freshmen

Name High School Weight
Greg Viloria Merrill West (CA) 125
Jordan Reyes Willamina (OR) 125
Thomas Maddox Washingtonville-9 125
Riley Palm Carel Catholic (IL) 141
Ty Raines Churchville-Chili-5 149
Hunter Shaut Central Valley-3 149
Warren McDougald Niagara Wheatfield-6 157
Leo Mushinsky Perio (IL) 157
Fabio Preka Riverdale Kingsbridge-P 165
Taylor Cahill Bergin (PA) 174
Bryson Alsteen Kaukauna (WI) 174
Samuel Mitchell Mansfield (OH) 197
Will Leonard Cornwall-9 285
Colton Crane Gates Chili-5 285

Cornell Big Red

The strong keep getting stronger as national powerhouse Cornell add ten freshmen from eight different states to the squad this season. The lone in-state product is NYS Champion Jon Loew of Section 8 juggernaut Wantagh. He made his first period fall in the NYS Finals look effortless as he wrapped up a 53-1 senior season for the warriors. Loew also added an NHSCA Senior national title to his resume. He was an integral part of Wantagh's state championship season in 2018 by anchoring the back end of the lineup at 195 and 220. Loew brings a magnitude of wrestling ability to an already star studded Cornell team. Standing at 6-3, Loew's length proves a difficult matchup for most opponents.

The remaining incoming freshmen only solidify that Cornell will remain in the upper echelon of the EIWA for the coming years. Four wrestlers bring 11 state titles with them to Ithaca (Fagen-4, Moomey-3, Moore-2, Yapoujian-2). Blair Academy's Andrew Merola is a 3x National Prep Champion, Cadet Greco Roman Champion and a Beast of the East Champion. Drew Flynn, Micah Hoffman and JJ Wilson are all state place finishers. Nathan Thacker is a 4x National Prep place finisher and 2x finalist. 

I don't feel that anybody can disagree that this incoming freshmen has a chance to become truly remarkable and leave a lasting image while competing for the Big Red.

Cornell Big Red - Incoming Freshmen

Name High School Weight
JJ Wilson Cedar Cliff (PA) 125
Phillip Moomey Kearney (NE) 141
Ryan Moore Walton-Verona (KY) 141
Andrew Merola Blair Academy (NJ) 157
Colton Yapoujian Jeffco Virtual (CO) 157
Micah Hoffman Northern York (PA) 165
Nathan Thacker Gonzaga College (MD) 174
Jonathon Fagen Fruitland (ID) 197
Jonathan Loew Wantagh-8 197
Drew Flynn Pompton Lakes (NJ) 285

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