BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo wrestling staff announced Thursday the addition of six new wrestlers to the 2012-13 roster. Joining the team will be transfers Ryan Howes and Joe Manna, and freshmen John Northrup, Tyler Newton, Jon Heffner, and Ryan Therrien.
"What you want to do when it comes to preferred walk-ons, is you want to add depth and get good workout partner which I think we did," said head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Lackey. "We might have even got a couple of guys who, with some development, can be improve and be players some day."
Howes is transferring from Valley Forge and will be wrestling in the 125 division. Manna comes to UB from across town, where he played football at Buffalo State. Slated to compete at heavyweight, Manna was an offensive lineman for the Bengals and is from Levittown, NY.
As for the freshmen, all four were decorated in their high school careers with All-State honors and numerous school records as well. John Northrup comes to Buffalo from Rush-Henrietta High School, where he was All-State and All-Monroe County and won the Section V division one championship. He will wrestle either at 141 or 149. Fellow New York state native Tyler Newton was also an All-State member and will be slotted at the 157 pound division.
The staff headed south for its next recruit, as Jon Heffner comes up from Riverdale, FL. He was a two-time All-State honoree and three-time conference champion for Riverdale High School, a state powerhouse that has won two state titles dating back to 2008. He will wrestle at 165 pounds. The final freshman is Ryan Therrien, who hails from Masconomet Regional High School. Ryan leaves high school as the team's all-time leader in takedowns, and also won a state title as a junior. This past season, he placed second in the state tournament. He will compete in the 174-pound weight class.
"Three of these guys are coming to wrestle here just on academic scholarships and are going into honors programs, which is another thing that we look for when it comes to building a team," Lackey added. "We want guys who are driven in the practice room and in the classroom."
The six newcomers will join the five recruits signed earlier in the year by UB: Erik Galloway, Jimmy Kloc, Chris Nevinger, Tony Lock, and Jarred Lux.