LEWISBURG, Pa. – Head coach Dan Wirnsberger announced the Bucknell wrestling team's 12-man incoming freshman class on Tuesday.
"I'm very happy with this group of young men," Wirnsberger said. "Each fits very well within our student-athlete model. This class has extraordinary potential and high expectations, both academically and athletically. There's no doubt that, with this class, the future is bright for Bucknell wrestling."
The class of 2022 includes two state champions, 10 state placewinners and 11 team captains. The incoming freshmen hail from six different states: Pennsylvania (6), New York (2), Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Five of the Pennsylvania natives appeared in PA Power Wrestling’s listing of top 75 recruits.
The Bison enjoyed one of their most successful stretches in program history from 2014 to 2017, compiling a combined record of 39-14 (23-5 EIWA) and placing third at the 2015 and 2016 EIWA Championships. During the 2017-18 campaign, they battled injuries and used 22 different starters in dual competition, ultimately finishing with a 3-14 (2-7 EIWA) ledger. The performance of 141-pounder Tyler Smith, one of six seniors lost to graduation, was a bright spot; he became Bucknell's fifth four-time NCAA qualifier and seventh EIWA runner-up. He also put together the 11th undefeated dual season in program history and became the 10th Bison to reach the 100-win plateau. In 2018-19, Bucknell will return three EIWA placewinners in David Campbell, Joey Gould and Drew Phipps.
141/149, Johnstown, Pa., Bishop McCort Catholic High School
Before Bucknell: Lettered in wrestling and football … reached the 100-win plateau … four-time state and regional qualifier … regional and district champion … three-time district finalist … placed fifth at the 2017 PIAA Class AA Championships … took fifth at the 2017 FloWrestling Nationals … finished third at the 2016 Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals to garner All-American laurels … PA Power Wrestling’s No. 65 recruit in Pennsylvania’s class of 2018 … in football, was an all-conference selection.
Personal: Carnell Amir Andrews … born April 26, 2000 in Johnstown, Pa. … son of Allen Andrews … has four siblings: Azia, Amir, Amoni and Alayna … father Allen wrestled at St. Francis.
125/133, Oyster Bay, N.Y., Oyster Bay High School
Before Bucknell: Broke school record with 140 career wins … Oyster Bay’s first state placewinner … two-time state placewinner … three-time county champion … five-time all-county selection … three-year team captain … also wrestled for Vougars Honors Wrestling and Excelsior United … in soccer, was a three-year team captain and captured all-conference accolades as a senior.
Personal: Keith Charles Cassar … born February 18, 2000 in Glen Cove, N.Y. … son of Keith and Rebecca Cassar … Bucknell Presidential Fellow.
149, Jeannette, Pa., Penn-Trafford High School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner … went 137-34 over the course of his career … four-time PIAA Class AAA qualifier … placed fifth as a senior at 145 pounds and seventh as a sophomore at 106 pounds … three-time WPIAL finalist … three-time section champion … 2017 and 2015 King of the Mountain champion … 2015 Powerade Wrestling champion … 2015 county champion … earned 100-point award all four years … served as team captain and posted 18 pins as a senior … PA Power Wrestling’s No. 45 recruit in Pennsylvania’s class of 2018 … also wrestled for Young Guns Wrestling.
Personal: Job Chishko … born February 10, 1999 in Jeannette, Pa. … son of Leeanne Chishko … has three siblings: Solomon, Cami and Boaz … older brother Solomon wrestled at Virginia Tech.
174/184, Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Horace Greeley High School
Before Bucknell: Lettered in wrestling and was a three-year captain … set a Horace Greeley record with 126 career wins … two-time state qualifier … 2018 state runner-up … two-time section finalist … three-time all-section pick … four time all-league honoree … helped Horace Greeley place seventh at the 2018 NYSPHSAA State Championships … also wrestled for Empire Wrestling Academy.
Personal: Jacob Miller Ferreira … born June 8, 2000 in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. … son of Jose and Wendi Ferreira … has one younger brother: Nathan.
157/165, Vernon, Pa., Belle Vernon Area High School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain … won the 2018 Ronald L. Garrison Award as the WPIAL’s outstanding senior wrestler … posted a 170-25 career record, including 96 pins … set Belle Vernon Area records in career victories and career winning percentage (.872) … three-time PIAA Class AAA placewinner, taking second in 2018, third in 2015 and fifth in 2016 … three-time NHSCA All-American, finishing third in 2017, fifth in 2016 and sixth in 2015 … two-time WPIAL/District VII champion … two-time WPIAL/District VII runner-up … four-time section champion … two-time Westmoreland County champion … two-time Westmoreland County runner-up … four-time Powerade Wrestling placewinner, finishing as the runner-up three times … three-time Escape the Rock placewinner, earning one title … PA Power Wrestling’s No. 18 recruit in Pennsylvania’s class of 2018 … also wrestled at Quest School of Wrestling for eight years.
Personal: Zachary J. Hartman … born October 6, 1999 in Sewickley, Pa. … son of Carl and Marie Hartman … has three siblings: Ally, Mitch and Liz … Mitch is a member of the Bucknell wrestling team’s class of 2020 … two-year National Honor Society and National Science Honor Society member.
149/157, Atlanta, Ga., Pace Academy
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner and three-year team captain in wrestling … surpassed the 100-win threshold … three-time all-state selection after placing second as a sophomore, third as a junior and sixth as a freshman … two-time area champion … also wrestled for The Wrestling Center and Compound Wrestling … two-year letterwinner in lacrosse.
Personal: Frank Millard Houser IV … born August 20, 1999 in Atlanta, Ga. … son of Hank and Margot Houser … has a younger brother: Robert.
125, Haddonfield, N.J., The Hill School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner … three-time National Prep qualifier … as a senior, served as team captain and posted a 31-11 record … placed first at the SCH Invitational.
Personal: Theodore Augustus Kennedy … born April 9, 2000 in Philadelphia … son of Ed and Karyn Kennedy … has two younger brothers: Charlie and Willy.
133, Muncy, Pa., Muncy Junior-Senior High School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner in wrestling … 2018 PIAA Class AA champion at 132 pounds … 2016 PIAA Class AA medalist … 2018 Greco All-American … served as team captain as a senior … helped Muncy finish fourth at the 2018 PIAA Class AA Championships … set Muncy record for wins in a season (48) … PA Power Wrestling’s No. 28 recruit in Pennsylvania’s class of 2018 … also lettered twice in soccer and once in football.
Personal: Joseph Boyd Klock … born January 19, 2000 in Bloomsburg, Pa. … son of Jerry and Pam Klock … has three siblings: Jacob, Gator and Jebb … Jebb plays soccer for the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
133/141, Vandergrift, Pa., Kiski Area High School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner … set school record in career wins (159) and finished third in the Kiski Area annals in career takedowns (402) … four-time PIAA Class AAA qualifier … three-time PIAA Class AAA placewinner, finishing third as a senior and sixth twice … four-time section and county placewinner, taking first as a senior and second the previous three years … three-time Powerade Wrestling placewinner, finishing as high as fourth … four-time Eastern Area placewinner, twice earning the title and twice finishing as the runner-up … four-time WPIAL placewinner, earning one title and one runner-up finish … Dapper Dan participant … Manheim champion … served as team captain … PA Power Wrestling’s No. 33 recruit in Pennsylvania’s class of 2018 … during his career, Kiski Area won two WPIAL titles, three county crowns and three section championships … Kiski Area also placed second and third at the PIAA Class AAA Championships and second at the Powerade Wrestling Tournament.
Personal: Noah Thomas Levett … born June 16, 2000 at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. … son of Christie Levett.
125, Doylestown, Pa., Germantown Academy
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner … posted a career record of 137-34 … four-time PAISAA placewinner and National Prep qualifier … took second at PAISAAs as a sophomore and third the other three years … at the National Prep Championships, finished fifth as a senior, seventh as a sophomore and eighth as a junior to graduate as a three-time All-American … as a senior, helped Germantown Academy place 12th at the National Prep Championships and post a 12-3 record … took third at the 2017 PAWF Freestyle Championships to qualify for Junior Nationals … three-time team MVP and two-year captain … two-time all-league and all-Intelligencer selection … member of the 2017 Team PA Junior Duals squad.
Personal: Brandon Christopher Seidman … born May 3, 1999 in Abington, Pa. … son of Jack and Alecia Seidman … has two siblings: Aaron and Madison … Aaron is a member of Franklin & Marshall’s tennis team.
125/133, Bridgewater, Mass., Northfield Mount Hermon School
Before Bucknell: Lettered in wrestling at Northfield Mount Hermon School … went 186-22, with 136 pins, over course of career … two-year team captain … NHSCA All-American … National Prep All-American … New England Prep champion … Massachusetts Class A champion … Massachusetts All-State finalist … helped Northfield Mount Hermon place third at the New England Prep Championships … also wrestled for Smitty’s Wrestling Barn.
Personal: Brett James Rezendes … born December 16, 1998 in Bridgewater, Mass. … son of Randy and Danell Rezendes … has one older brother: Jake.
141, Jacksonville, Fla., Blair Academy (N.J.)/Robbinsville High School (N.J.)
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner … spent first three years at Blair Academy before transferring to Robbinsville as a senior … state qualifier … N.J. District 23 champion … Mercer County champion … all-county selection … Florida National Dual Team Member … Southeast PA vs NJ All-Star Classic representative … compiled an 89-24 career record … served as team captain at Robbinsville … helped Blair Academy achieve a No. 1 national ranking and earn Beast of the East and Walsh Ironman titles.
Personal: Tyler James Williams … born September 27, 1999 in Jacksonville, Fla. … son of Bob and Lesley Williams … father wrestled at Pitt and mother played tennis at VCU … uncle Donny Williams wrestled at Navy … played guitar in jazz ensemble throughout high school … works as an American Ninja Warrior coach.