Wrestling Adds Eight in Class of 2014
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Brent Hugo

NEW YORK - Head coach Brendan Buckley has announced that a talented group of eight newcomers will take to the mat for the Lions next fall. The eight student-athletes hail from six different states including a pair from New Jersey and Ohio.

"We are very excited about the incoming class," said Buckley, the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling.  "This class should provide some quality depth at the lower and middle weights. We are very excited to get these guys on campus so we can start working toward our goals for the 2010-11 season.

The class of 2014 is listed below with a statement on each incoming student-athlete from Coach Buckley:

Kevin Brown - Andover, N.J. - North Warren Regional (165)
"Kevin is a three-time state place winner in NJ. He certainly has the talent to make an impact as a freshman. He should provide us with good depth at 165."

Matt Bystol - Libertyville, Ill. - Libertyville (125/133)
"Matt is a talented kid from a tough wrestling state. He will provide much needed depth at the lower weights. He could see time at either 125 or 133."

Tom Di Vitantonio - Branchville, N.J. - High Point Regional (141/149)
"Tommy is from High Point in New Jersey and has been a part of a state championship team. We love his attitude and work ethic both on the mat and the in the classroom."

Adam Fondale - West Junction City, Ohio - New Lexington (157)
"Adam is a mutiple state place winner in Ohio. He comes from a wrestling family and was coached by his father in high school. He should provide us with some good depth at 157 as a first-year."

Penn Gottfried - Hartsdale, N.Y. - Ardsley (125)
"Penn is one of the best lightweight recruits in the country. He is a New York State Champion and is fully capable of making an impact on the Division I scene as a first-year."

Josh Houldsworth - White Lake, Mich. - Holly (141/149)
"Josh is the most acomplished wrestler in the class with multiple state titles in Michigan. We are not sure if he will wrestle at 141 or 149 as a freshman but he certainly has the potential to contribute to the team wherever he ends up."

Jake Kazimir - Auburn Township, Ohio - Kenston (141)
"Jake will probably be at 141 for his first year. He is a hard working kid who thrives on a challenge. This attitude will pay off for him over his career."

Drew Rebling - Hanover, Pa. - South Western (141/149)
"Drew comes from Pennsylvania, arguably the toughest wrestling state in the country. He is used to high level competition and should make the transition to Division I quickly. He will likely wrestle at 141 or 149 in his freshman year."