College Coaches to Go “Camp”ing Again: Bound Brook Phenom Will Wrestle Afterall

Last April, when the news broke that then 2x New Jersey State champion (he has since added a third crown), Andrew Campolattano, had elected to bypass wrestling on the collegiate level and instead accept an offer to play football for the Scarlet Knights of rising EIWA contender, Rutgers University, the hearts of nearly every division I head coach broke at the notion of such a unique, once-in-a-lifetime talent leaving his wrestling shoes in the center of the mat. Instantly, memories of all of the great scholastic grapplers that the world’s oldest sport had lost to the gridiron in the past few years flashed back all at once in their collective minds. For me, names like Grant Miller, Jimmy Lawson, Dexter Lattimore, Arthur Jones, Justin Tougas, and Trevor Laws among others flooded by brain with thoughts of what if. And none of these fine multi-sport athletes had the resume of the Bound Brook stud. At that moment, I could not help but wonder, when is it finally going to end? When would wrestling finally win out over the all powerful football? When would the possibility of one day representing your county in the Olympic Games take precedent over the opportunity for fame and riches that goes with making it to the National Football League?….Yesterday, I got my answer as the “when” became the “present” with the announcement that Campolattano had a change of heart and will now be utilizing his limitless potential as a 197/285 pounder on the mat, and not as a linebacker on the turf of Rutgers Stadium. Victory had been achieved and the “w” question shifted from when to where. This is a question to which that those same formerly broken-hearted coaches now hope their respective colleges/universities will be the answer. Continue reading “College Coaches to Go “Camp”ing Again: Bound Brook Phenom Will Wrestle Afterall”

It’s A Bull Market: #44 Recruit, Waste, Commits to U. of Buffalo

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. Continue reading “It’s A Bull Market: #44 Recruit, Waste, Commits to U. of Buffalo”