Cortland 2017 Preview

Team: SUNY-Cortland
Head Coach: Brad Bruhn
Years at School as head coach: 15
Career Record at school: 205-76-1
Assistant Coaches: Deral Brown, Andrew Roden, Alexis Blanco, Gene Nighman, Adem Kaya

2016-2017 Dual Meet Record: 15-7

2016-2017 National Qualifiers and All-Americans:
National Champ 2017 Bobby Dierna @ 157
4th Place 2017 @ 174 Colin Barber
8th Place 2017 @ 133 Maverick Passaro
NQ 2017 Deuly Espinal @ 184
NQ 2017 Zach Zupan @ 165

Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans:
8th Place 2017 @ 133 Maverick Passaro
NQ 2017 Deuly Espinal @ 184
NQ 2017 Zach Zupan @ 165
NQ 2015 Adrian Berry @ 141
JUCO AA 2016 Josh Antoine 8th @ 125

Top returning starters:
125 (SR) Mat Bradice 2015 NE Regional Placer, ECWC runner up 2016
125 (SR)Josh Antoine 2016 JUCO AA stated most of the year last year.
133 (SO) Alex D’Angelo Started in 2016, Injured last year
141 (SR) Maverick Passaro 2017 All-American 8th @ 133
141/49 (JR) Derak Heyman 2016 4th at NE Regional
149 (JR) Da’mani Burns 2nd @ Kings, starter at 141 last year
149 (JR) Matt Caputo ALL-ECWC 2017, starter at 149 last year
165 (JR) Zack Zupan 2017 National Qualifier
184 (SR) Deuly Espinal 2017 National Qualifier
HWT (SO) Zach Gifford ECWC Runner up
157 (JR) Adrian Berry 2015 NQ, 3x ECWC placer
157 (JR) Greg Chery
174 (SO) JP Puca 2nd @ Kings
174 (SR) Mike Beckwith 2x starter at Regional. NE Regional placer in 2014

Top incoming wrestlers:

125 Trey Laflamme South Jefferson HS State Champ, 3x placer
133 Ben Tepperman Hauppage HS 2x State placer
133/41 Matt Maquet Long Beach HS 2x State placer
141 CJ Labate Commack HS State Qualifier
149 James Trezza Smithtown East HS State Placer
149 Justen O’Neil North Babylon HS Section XI placer
157 Charlie Spada Long Beach HS 2x State Qualifier
157/65 Charlie Buckley Long Beach HS State Qualifier
165 Devin Pelletier Greylock HS (MA) 2x NE placer
HWT Ryan O’Shea MacAurther HS 2x State Qualifier

Season outlook:
Cortland has a big senior class including some wrestlers coming back from injury. This group should give the Red Dragons some solid leadership. Several wrestlers with experience at the National Tournament should help set a tone in the room. The team has a tough recruiting class that will have a few guys pushing for a starting spot.