LEWISBURG, Pa. – Coming off a fourth consecutive season with double-digit wins, Bucknell wrestling head coach Dan Wirnsberger has announced a recruiting class of 12 student-athletes that will look to keep the momentum going for the Bison starting with the 2017-18 season.
"First, I feel as though this class fills in some needs for our lineup with quality young wrestlers,” Wirnsberger said. “This group believes in what we are trying to accomplish both in the classroom and on the mat. They understand the expectations behind our program, and are excited to embrace the hard work and commitment it will take to achieve our goals."
Bucknell went 12-4 last season, including a 10-match winning streak to close the regular season. The Bison return three of their four national qualifiers.
Bucknell Wrestling Recruits
Geo Barzona, 125, Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain
David Campbell, 125, Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area
Jakob Campbell, 125, Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area
Eric Chakonis, HWT, Washington Township, N.J./Don Bosco Prep
Ray Cotto, 141/149, Cross River, N.Y./John Jay
Nate Feyrer, 197/HWT, Breinigsville, Pa./Parkland
Frankie Guida, Jr., 174/184, Parkland
Jacob Hubbard, 157/165, San Francisco, Calif./Stuart Hall
Matthew Kolonia, 141, Milford, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional
Brendan Loveng, 184, Alexandria, Va./Mercersburg Academy
Jack Mulay, 149/157, Homewood, Ill./Mount Carmel
Joey Schiele, 165, Wharton, N.J./Morris Hills
Geo Barzona (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) – 125
Four-year letterwinner at Central Mountain High School … two-time state placewinner, taking sixth as a sophomore and junior … three-time state qualifier … NHSCA All-American … 123-34 career record … led team to two district titles … son of Louis Barzona and Kristen Barzona … one older sister, Alexya.
David Campbell (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) – 125
Four-year letterwinner and one-year captain at Boyertown Area High School … two-time Pennsylvania Class AAA state qualifier … 2017 district champion … 126-58 career record with 46 falls … led team to a runner-up finish in the PA Class AAA state tournament and three District 1 titles … three-time Greco-Roman state champion and two-time freestyle state champion … 2016 Northeast Regional Greco-Roman champion … son of Dave and Christine Campbell … has one brother, Jakob, who is also on the Bucknell wrestling team … uncle, Brian Campbell, wrestled at Lock Haven and Millersville.
Jakob Campbell (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) – 125
Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Boyertown Area High School … three-time state medalist in Pennsylvania, finishing third in 2015, seventh in 2016, and fourth in 2017 … four-time state qualifier … 156-32 career record with 56 falls … 2016 Beast of the East finalist … two-time Cadet Greco All-American and one-time Junior Freestyle All-American … led team to runner-up finish at the 2016 Pennsylvania Class AAA Team Championships … son of Dave and Christine Campbell … has one brother, David, who is also on the Bucknell wrestling team … uncle, Brian Campbell, wrestled at Lock Haven and Millersville.
Eric Chakonis (Washington Township, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) – HWT
Four-year letterwinner and starter at Don Bosco Prep … two-time state champion in New Jersey … 2017 North Jersey Wrestler of the Year … two-time region champion … four-time district champion … two-time All-Bergen County … 111-31 career record … two-time placewinner at the Beast of the East … led team to 2017 Bergen County title … four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for football team that won a state title … son of John and Lisa Chakonis … one older brother, Zack, and one younger brother, Luke … brother, Zack, wrestles for Northwestern … cousin, T.J. Chakonis, played football at Rhode Island … uncle, Tommy Chakonis, played football at Virginia … cousin, Jessica Chakonis, played volleyball at Delaware … uncle, Steve Caricato, played basketball at Saint Francis.
Ray Cotto (Cross River, N.Y./John Jay) – 141/149
Three-year starter and two-year captain at John Jay High School … state qualifier in New York … three-time all-league and two-time all-county … Westchester County champion … two-time all-section … went 40-5 his senior season … helped team go 46-4 and win two section titles over his final two seasons … team took sixth at Eastern States twice and seventh at the NYS Dual Meet Championship … competed with Iowa Style Wrestling … volunteers with the non-profit group Operation Smile, receiving international recognition for the amount of money he has raised over the years … chosen for a medical mission trip to China … son of James and Cory Cotto … has one older sister, Carol, and one younger sister, Lucy.
Nate Feyrer (Breinigsville, Pa./Parkland) – 197/HWT
Team captain at Parkland High School … two-time state qualifier in Pennsylvania … two-time regional placewinner and district placewinner … Penn Manor champion … placed at the War at the Shore, Ohio Tournament of Champions, Powerade, and Escape the Rock … helped team finish fifth at the 2015 state tournament … competed with Raw 241, the Dark Knights, and Peak Wrestling … also competed in track and field, helping the team win the 2015 district title … plans on singing with a choral group at Bucknell … son of Amy Feyrer and Sean Feyrer … one younger sister, Emily … relative, Craig Fenstermaker, was a two-time national qualifier at Virginia.
Frankie Guida, Jr. (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) – 174/184
Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Parkland High School … two-time state qualifier in Pennsylvania … two-time all-area … two-time district finalist and regional finalist … two-time NHSCA All-American … 115-44 career record … led team to two runner-up finishes in the district and two top-six finishes in the state … wrestled with Raw 241 and the Dark Knights … also a three-year letterwinner in football … son of Frank and Kim Guida … has two brothers, Nick and Joseph, and one sister, Angela … brother, Nick, wrestled at Illinois.
Jacob Hubbard (San Francisco, Calif./Stuart Hall) – 157/165
Four-year letterwinner and three-year captain at Stuart Hall High School … two-time league champion … two-time section qualifier and one eighth-place finish in the section … helped team win three league titles, including an undefeated league record his senior season … also a four-year letterwinner in baseball … son of Jeremy Hubbard and Jacqueline Hubbard … one younger brother, Joseph.
Matthew Kolonia (Milford, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) – 141
Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Delaware Valley Regional High School … placed seventh in the state in New Jersey as a senior … four-time first team all-conference … two-time first team all-area … 2017 Hunterdon County Most Outstanding Wrestler … 130-27 career record … two-time district champion and four-time placewinner … three-time placewinner in the regional tournament … led team to 2017 state, district, and sectional titles … team was the state-runner up in 2016 … trained at Rhino Wrestling Club and Fortify Wrestling Club … also lettered four times in soccer and twice in golf … son of Robert and Mary Kolonia … has two older sisters, Sarah and Emily … father played golf at Fairleigh Dickinson.
Brendan Loveng (Alexandria, Va./Mercersburg Academy) – 184
Team captain at Mercersburg Academy … placed seventh at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Wrestling Tournament despite missing half of the season with a broken hand … also lettered in track and field and swimming … All-IPSL in track and field … son of Jeffrey and Carolyn Loveng … two younger siblings, Davis and Griffin.
Jack Mulay (Homewood, Ill./Mount Carmel) – 149/157
Four-year letterwinner and starter and three-year captain at Mount Carmel High School … 135-59 career record … placed third in the state in Illinois in 2016 and sixth in 2017 … two-time regional champion … one-time sectional champion … four-time Chicago Catholic League placewinner … two-time qualifier for the Fargo National Championships … led team to three Chicago Catholic League titles, four regional titles, and one section title … team placed third in the state in 2016 … also lettered in tennis … son of Brad and Megan Mulay … one younger brother, Andrew.
Joey Schiele (Wharton, N.J./Morris Hills) -- 165
Three-year letterwinner at Morris Hills High School … places seventh in the state in New Jersey … three-time Morris County placewinner and district placewinner and two-time region placewinner … three-time first team all-conference … first team all-county …107-32 career record, going from a 7-14 record as a freshman to a 44-3 mark as a senior … holds school records for career wins, career pins, and wins in a season, and was the team's first state placewinner in 27 years … three-time NJAC All-Academic … competed in club with Buxton, SIR Wrestling, and Force … two-year member of the football team … son of Wayne and Pam Schiele … has two older siblings, Stacy and Jodi … Jodi played softball at Emory.