To say that the recruiting front has been kind to New York State DI institutions the past 48 hours would be a minor understatement. With Empire State fanatics still buzzing with excitement over the announcement that the #19 recruit in the land, Nick Gwiazdowski, would be staying home and attending Binghamton, today was a day that the Bearcats’ SUNY brethren, the University of Buffalo took center stage when it was announced that 2x Minnesota state placewinner, Jake Waste, of perennial powerhouse Apple Valley High School (MN), had given a verbal commitment to Bulls’ head coach, Jim Beichner. Waste, who is ranked by InterMat as the #44 overall recruit in the class of 2011, becomes the first student-athlete this year to select the Mid American Conference member. In doing so, he also became the fourth member of his high school in the past week to formally make a college choice. He joins #37 recruit Matt Kelliher (Wisconsin on 10/19), #50 Steven Keogh (Minnesota on 10/20), and #1 overall Destin McCauley (Wisconsin on 10/24) in solidifying his future plans.
The class AAA state runner-up @ 171- pounds as a junior in 2009 (44-3 overall record), Waste has more than demonstrated the plethora of talent that he possesses, winning countless national tournaments over the course of his career, including last summer when he capped off a Cadet triple crown by winning the Greco-Roman and freestyle National tournaments in Fargo. He had won the folkstyle national tournament earlier in the off-season….This past summer, he continued to add to his already stacked resume, winning the FILA Cadet National Greco-Roman title @ 167.5 pounds; He finished as the bronze medalist in freestyle, proving that he is a true three style competitor….An All-American finish (5th) at last year’s Super-32 tournament should also not be overlooked.
Most recently (this past Saturday), Waste continued to add to his seemingly endless list of honors, winning the 171-pound hardware at the first annual InterMat JJ Classic. He accomplished this feat by defeating all three of his opponents by a margin of 34-6 (including a 10-3 victory over Hunter Rud in what would could have been considered the title match; both entered the third round with 2-0 records). If this was not the perfect way to begin a senior campaign, than I don’t know what would have been.
A key member of the AV Eagles’ national success during his scholastic career, Waste will be one of the guys that the underclassmen look to as a role model in 2011 as Coach Jim Jackson’s squad approaches the upcoming season as the consensus #1 team in the nation. The senior leadership of Waste, McCauley, Kelliher, and Keogh will undoubtedly prove essential if Apple Valley is to maintain their stranglehold on the top spot.
Projected as a 174-pounder on the college level, Waste has garnered a great deal of attention from college recruiters since the end of his junior year, having his pick of DI institutions before narrowing down the list to the likes of the following: Bucknell, North Dakota State, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Northern Iowa, and of course, the eventual winner, Buffalo.
As a representative of all of the amazing people here at Lighthouse Wrestling, we sincerely extend our congratulations to Jake, his family, Coach Jackson & staff, as well all other related parties on today’s remarkable news…We wish the Eagles continued success as they seek their 19th state team title, as well as the 2011 national title.
2010 InterMat JJ Classic: Waste (MN) vs. Rud (MN)