OSTON - Ranked for the first time in program history, the No. 26/27 Boston University wrestling team will open its 2011-12 season in grand style on Sunday (Nov. 6) when it hosts No. 24/27 Iowa State and Army in the first-ever Nor'Easter Duals at Case Gym. One of the largest crowds ever for collegiate wrestling in New England is expected for the triangular meet, which kicks off at 3 p.m. when Iowa State takes on Army. BU will hit the mat at approximately 5 p.m. to face Army before the nightcap, which features the Cyclones and Terriers. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children.
All three duals will be streamed live through Terrier TV on GoTerriers.com. Fans can sign up to watch by paying the monthly fee of $9.95.
Head coach Carl Adams, now in is 31st season at the helm of the Terrier program, was a two-time national champion and three-time All-American at Iowa State. BU had its best NCAA finish since 1997 last spring and returns all three of its national qualifiers in senior Fred Santaite (133), junior Hunter Meys (174) and senior John Hall(197).
"I feel that we have the best lineup that we've ever had here at BU," said Adams. "All three returning national qualifiers are ranked as high as 12th in their classes and we feel that we're strong at every weight."
The Terriers return eight starters from last year's team that went 11-6-1 and put together an eight-dual win streak before finishing fourth at the CAA Championships.
Junior Nestor Taffur (149) finished second on the team in wins last year with 24 and sophomores Bubba McGinley (125) and Kevin Innis (285) were named to the CAA All-Rookie Team. Also entering the mix is freshman Tyler Scotton at 141, who was nationally ranked coming out of high school.
"People are focused on the big three in our lineup, but by the end of the year, I think they're going to be focused on another seven," said Adams. "Obviously, staying healthy is going to have to be a big part of what we do." With all the returners and talent throughout the roster, Adams and the Terriers have been working hard to get prepared to take on Army and a national powerhouse like Iowa State and make an early statement.
"There's no question that the preseason workouts have been some of the best that I've seen since I've been here," said Adams. "The energy in the room has been unbelievable."
Here's a look at the Terrier depth chart entering the 2011-12 season.
125: Bubba McGinley / Ryan Dowd / Mike Mayo
133: Fred Santaite / B.J. Suitor
141: Tyler Scotton / Peter Ishiguro
149: Nestor Taffur / Andrew Maksimovic / Jordan Frease
157: Nick Tourville / Mitchell Wightman / Andrew Swank / Kristian Meyer / Matt Rubin
165: Kyle Czarnecki
174: Hunter Meys
184: Alex Najjar / Mike Wrin
197: John Hall
285: Kevin Innis / Brad Castronovo