BUFFALO, NY – Former All-American wrestler Austin Marsden has been hired as an assistant coach for the University at Buffalo wrestling program, head coach John Stutzman announced on Monday.
Marsden was a four-year letterwinner at national powerhouse Oklahoma State where he compiled a career-record of 108-22 as a heavyweight. He went 37-8 in duals meets over his career and was a three-time Big 12 champion. Marsden was an NCAA qualifier all four seasons and was an All-American in 2014 and 2016.
Following graduation, Marsden spent the 2016-17 season as a volunteer assistant at Army West Point. He helped lead the Black Knights to a 7-5 dual meet record – their most dual wins since the 2013-14 season. Army West Point had four wrestlers compete at the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis.
"Austin is a great hire for us," Stutzman said. "Not only was he a four-time NCAA Qualifier and a two-time NCAA All-American, but he was mentored by two of the sports best coaches in John Smith at Oklahoma State and Kevin Ward at West Point. We are excited to welcome him to UB and our guys are excited to work with him."
Marsden will work primarily with the upper weights at UB, including 2017 Mid-American Conference Heavyweight Champion Jake Gunning.
"I am really excited to join the UB wrestling program," Marsden said. "There is a lot of potential here and it's something I want to be a part of. When I visited here for the first time, it came off as a family environment with the coaching staff and the wrestlers. I can't wait to get started here and make an impact with a great team."
The Bulls are coming off their best season in recent memory. Their 11 dual wins were their most since 2004. In addition, UB won four MAC duals, its most since joining the conference in 1998. Three wrestlers advanced to the NCAA Championships.