Justin Heiserman (H.M. @ 189) Will Wrestle for University of Buffalo
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Justin Heiserman (H.M. @ 189), the Dundee athlete who had equal success in wrestling and football, will wrestle at the University of Buffalo next year.
He will be part of an incoming freshman class that Buffalo officials are calling one of the best in all of NCAA Divison I.
Heiserman was a football linebacker who broke the Dundee record with 27 tackles in a game. He broke his own record with 161 tackles this past season despite playing in only 10 games.
In wrestling, he was a two-time state champion and a runner-up at 189 pounds, as well as an All-American who placed eighth at Senior Nationals. This year he had a 55-0 wrestling record and shared Monroe County Region Wrestler of the Year honors with teammate Joe Rendina.
Heiserman also received offers from Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Minnesota and Old Dominion for wrestling but didn?t get the same kind of interest for football.
?I like both sports about the same,? he said. ?If it was totally up to me, I?d probably play football because it?s a little more fun. I wanted to wrestle at a Big Ten school, but the big thing was to go Division 1.?
The son of Jeff and Debbie Heiserman of Monroe visited Buffalo in April and signed shortly afterward. He is interested in studying physical therapy or pre-dental.
?It was actually pretty impressive,? he said. ?They have all the medical programs I?m looking at. They have a fifth-year senior on the wrestling team who?s majoring in physical therapy. It?s not really that far away, only about four hours.?
Heiserman was ranked the ninth-best senior by Michigan Grappler and finished with an overall high school record of 192-27. He went undefeated and won a gold medal at the Disney Duals in 2010. He likely will wrestle at 197 pounds in college.