Virginia University wrestling coach Craig Turnbull announced today the
addition of four wrestlers to the team's 2012-13 recruiting class.
Purnell (Wilmington, Del./A.I. DuPont), Bubba Scheffel (Oakland,
Md./Southern Garrett), Mike Hess (Jensen Beach, Fla./Jensen Beach) and
Zach Cullison (Fallston, Md./Fallston) each have signed letters of
quartet rounds out the recruiting class with eight additions, as Jason
Luster (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic), A.J. Vizcarrondo
(Kingston, Pa./Wyoming Seminary), Jared Browning (Jensen Beach,
Fla./Jensen Beach) and Cory Stainbrook (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) each
signed a national letter of intent in November.
feel very good about this recruiting class," said Turnbull. "We feel
that it is balanced all the way through from top to bottom in terms of
weight classes. The quality of the wrestlers that we are welcoming into
our program are not only wrestlers of high skill level, but also of very
high character. These new additions will have the opportunity to make a
significant impact immediately. Each of them has demonstrated the
desire to be national champions, as well as All-Americans."
comes to the Mountaineers as WRESTLING USA MAGAZINE's second-best
heavyweight, InterMat's ninth-best heavyweight and is rated as the No.
15 heavyweight by The Open Mat.
is the type of heavyweight that as a wrestling coach you dream that you
can go out and get," Turnbull said. "Normally, a kid with his
athleticism and size is torn between football and wrestling, but that is
not the case with Dink – he is fully committed to wrestling. He also
comes from a family that is very supportive. As we know from the success
of last season, getting this type of heavyweight is critical to the
success of a season."
his prep wrestling career, Purnell compiled a 110-10 career record, was
a two-time Delaware state champion, placed third at the 2010 Super 32
Challenge and was a two-time placer at the renowned Beast of the East
the 2012 FloNationals, Purnell was the champion of the 285-pound weight
class, as he collected four pins and defeated Ohio State signee and
three-time state of Ohio champion Nick Tavanello, 5-3, on the way to the
is the cousin of former WVU football player Lovett Purnell. Lovett, who
was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the New England
Patriots, was a tight end on the Mountaineer football team from 1993-95.
who is the brother current WVU grappler Brutus Scheffel, joins the
Mountaineers after spending his freshman season at Virginia Tech.
Scheffel will have four years of eligibility remaining with WVU.
his prep wrestling career, Scheffel was named the 2010 Maryland
Wrestler of the Year, was a three-time Maryland state champion and
recorded the most wins in Maryland history, including an 83-0 mark
during his sophomore and junior seasons. In addition, Scheffel was a
three-time Mount Mat Madness champ, won the 160-pound class at the NHSCA
Junior Nationals and was rated No. 56 nationally by InterMat.
comes to us with a year of experience at Virginia Tech," Turnbull said.
"We recruited him very intensely during his high school career along
with his brother, Brutus. We are excited that he is now teaming up with
Brutus again because the two of them are more like twins than they are
brothers. Bubba's high school success, along with his national success,
gives us the indication that he knows how to win at this level."
who was a high school teammate of Browning, comes as a four-time
placewinner (third, second, third, second) at the state level in
Florida, as well as being a four-time regional champion. Hess sports a
172-9 career record with 106 of his wins coming by fall. In 2011, Hess
placed sixth in the nationally renowned Super 32 tournament.
had an outstanding high school career," Turnbull said. "He was coached
by former WVU wrestler Tom McMath, so we know that he will be greatly
attuned to what we are looking for in terms of technique. I was able to
watch him in the Super 32 tournament, as he upset the No. 1 wrestler in
his weight class, and we feel that he has the chance to be very
successful at this level."
joins the Mountaineers as a two-time Maryland state champion at 132
pounds as well as placing third during his sophomore season. Cullison
had a 138-8 record during his prep career.
was very successful at the high school level," Turnbull said. "We are
very pleased that he will be joining us as he pursues the dream of a
collegiate wrestling career. We look forward to shaping his future and
guiding him to the type of success that WVU wrestlers are accustomed
who competed at 160 pounds, is ranked as the 41st-best wrestler
overall, 14th-best wrestler in the country in his weight class and the
third-best wrestler in the state of Pennsylvania at that weight.
his junior year, Luster compiled a 37-2 overall record and placed
second in the PIAA state wrestling tournament. Luster placed first at
the 2010 Best of the East tournament and the 2010 Ironman tournament.
Luster also was a contributor on the Central Catholic football team.
is really one of the best wrestlers in Pennsylvania, and we are looking
forward to having him here," says Turnbull. "He has wrestled under the
tutelage of Sonny Abe over the last few years, which means he will come
into our room well-coached and having great technique."
competed in the 220-pound weight class last season and is ranked as the
89th-best wrestler overall and fifth-best wrestler in the country in
his weight class by WRESTLING USA MAGAZINE. Vizcarrondo placed second in
consecutive years at the national preps, was the NHSCA national
champion as a sophomore, finished third at the 2010 Beast of the East
tournament and sixth and the 2010 ASICS Junior Nationals.
Vizcarrondo is one of the better heavyweight wrestlers in the nation,"
says Turnbull. "We believe he will step into our room and show that he
can contribute immediately to our 197-pound heavyweight class. He will
come into our program with refined technique that he was taught by his
high school coach, Scott Green."
Browning, who won a state title
at 119-pounds, has also placed third and second twice during his prep
career. At the Super 32 tournament, Browning finished eighth out of 182
wrestlers. Browning was named the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
Wrestler of the Year as a junior.
"We have known about Jared for
some time, due to the fact that he is also coached by Tom McMath," says
Turnbull. "He has been exceptionally productive in the state of Florida,
and we believe he has to the tools and intangibles to be a great
collegiate wrestler. It is also a great story that he and Mike will be
able to continue their careers with us."
At the OHSAA state
wrestling tournament while wrestling at 102 pounds, Stainbrook finished
sixth in his freshman year and third in his sophomore year. In his
junior year while wrestling at 112 pounds, Stainbrook placed second. In
his senior year, Stainbrook placed second in the 120-pound weight class.
has also finished third at the 2010 Ironman tournament, third at the
Powerade Christmas Wrestling tournament, second at FloNationals and
participated in the Disney Duals.
"Cory comes from one of the
more prominent wrestling programs in the state of Ohio," says Turnbull.
"He has been exposed to some of the best wrestling within Ohio as well
as throughout the country. We feel he has tremendous potential to be a
contributor to this program."