Bulls Add Decorated Wrestler for 2011
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Bulls wrestling staff announced its lone recruit of the early signing period Monday afternoon, blue-chip wrestler Jacob Waste of Apple Valley High School in Minnesota. Waste, currently a senior for the number-one ranked Eagles, has been widely regarded as one of the nation's best at 171 pounds.
"He was the number one guy we wanted this year and we signed him early," said assistant coach Frank Beasley. "We knew we wanted him and saw him wrestle a lot over the course of his high school career. He was our first phone call and he was the number one guy we wanted all along and we got him. We're excited to have him at UB."
Waste started strong right off the bat as a high school freshman, finishing fourth in the state championship and then placing second as a junior. In fact, heading into his junior year, Waste already had won 107 matches for Apple Valley, a high school that has won the state champion 17 times including nine championships in the past ten years.
Along with a runner-up finish at states his junior year, Waste went on to become just the sixth wrestler in history to earn the Cadet Triple Crown - winning the Cadet Freestyle National Tournament, the Cadet Greco Roman National Championship and the Cadet Folkstyle National Tournament. Waste is currently a five-time state champion in greco roman and a six-time state champion at the freestyle championships. He ended his junior year with a 44-3 overall record.
Adding to his superlatives, Waste went undefeated at The Clash Minnesota, a high school dual meet tournament featuring 32 of the top high school teams in the nation. He also just missed winning the Cheesehead Wrestling Tournament in Wisconsin, losing in overtime in the championship bout. Most recently, Waste won the 171-pound bracket of the Intermat JJ Classic.
There will be some adjustment moving to the college level, but it will be a subtle one as Waste already has experienced wrestling on the collegiate level, winning the Kaufman/Brand Open as a junior. The tournament featured some of the best in the NCAA Division I, II and III ranks as well as junior college wrestlers, and he tallied wins over a wrestler from the University of Iowa along with wins over nationally ranked grapplers from Division III and a handful of junior colleges.
This pedigree will serve him well, as the Buffalo coaching staff will look to him to fill some very large shoes.
"We see him as a 174 or 184 pounder down the line. Our 174 and 184 pound starters (Brian Sheehan and Jimmy Hamel, respectively) are both graduating this year and he (Jake) is going to be able to step in and do very well right off the bat," said assistant coach Frank Beasley. "We expect big things out of Jake and we expect him to be a multiple-time national champion, and those are his expectations for himself as well."
Waste's National Rankings
#25 - HSWrestling.net
#33 - D1CollegeWrestling.net
#44 - Intermatwrestle.com
In 171-pound Weight Class
#5 - WIN Magazine
#6 - Wrestling USA Magazine
#6 - Intermatwrestle.com
#6 - TheOpenMat.com