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    Stutzman Out as Head Coach at Buffalo

    News broke today out of Buffalo, New York today that John Stutzman will not return as the head coach at the University at Buffalo. Stutzman, a UB alum, had led Buffalo since the 2013-14 campaign. During his tenure as head coach, Stutzman went 89-109 in dual meets and sent 25 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. Four of his wrestlers earned MAC Championships. 

    This year Buffalo went 10-12 in duals and finished fifth in the conference. Two Bulls wrestlers, Nick Stampoulos and Sam Mitchell, qualified for nationals; Mitchell went 1-2 while Stampoulos went 0-2. Buffalo logged quality wins over Lock Haven, Ohio, and Clarion, but also suffered losses to Long Island, SIU Edwardsville, and Chattanooga. 

    Stutzman’s best season in Buffalo came in 2018-19 when the Bulls finished second in the MAC, sending six wrestlers to nationals and crowning two conference champions. For his efforts, Stutzman was named the MAC Coach of the Year. That season, Buffalo notched 12 dual wins, a total they would match in the 2021-22 season, as well. 

    Prior to taking the Buffalo job, Stuztman amassed a 97-56-1 record at Bloomsburg and coached three All-Americans. 

    With an opening at Buffalo, there are now two head coaching vacancies in the MAC as Central Michigan is looking for a successor to Tom Borrelli.

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