Tarley to WVU

West Virginia University wrestling coach Craig Turnbull has announced the recruiting class for the 2011-12 academic year.

The 2011 class includes incoming freshmen Jeff Tarley, Mark Colabucci, Jesse Schiffbauer, Ross Renzi and December signee Dominic Prezzia.

“We’re very pleased with the quality of student-athletes we’re bringing into our program,” says Turnbull. “As a coaching staff, we believe that we’re bringing in guys with tremendous potential that will be strong contributors to the program and fulfill the needs we have across the various weight classes.”

A Fredericktown native, Tarley is a multi-sport athlete out of Beth-Center High and two-time Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) champion. Wrestling at the 285-pound class, he was a two-time section champ, two-time Southwest regional champion and twice finished in third at the PIAA state wrestling championships. He also came in second place at the Flo Nationals competition in 2010.

Colabucci, from Reservoir High in Fulton, Md., compiled a 143-16 record in high school, including an 87-1 mark between his junior and senior seasons, and set the record as the winningest wrestler in school history. A two-time state champion at the 3A/4A level, he won the title in 2010 at 145 pounds and in 2011 at 171 pounds. He also was a two-time East regional champion, a 2011 Flo National All-American and was named the 2010 Howard County Wrestler of the Year. He is expected to compete in the 174/184-pound range.

Schiffbauer, a Morgantown native, went 144-10 during his prep career at University High and placed multiple times at the West Virginia state tournament. In the 125-pound class, he earned a 41-1 mark his senior year and finished first at the state tournament following a second-place finish and two third-place marks at the event in prior seasons.

A Burke, Va., native, Renzi compiled a 142-16 record at Lake Braddock Secondary. A four-time all-Patriot district champion and four-time Virginia state qualifier, he was the northern regional champion and a first team Washington all-Metro Team selection as a senior. Renzi is expected to compete at 165 or 174 pounds for the Mountaineers.

Prezzia, a native of St. Clairsville, Ohio, signed a national letter of intent with the Mountaineers last December.


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