Jeff Buxton in Fargo in 2021 (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
On Monday morning, Rutgers' Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club announced the hiring of legendary head coach Jeff Buxton. Buxton will lead the SKWC going forward as their head coach.
Buxton is no stranger to New Jersey wrestling fans as he was at the helm as Blair Academy's head coach for 30 years. His teams captured National Prep titles during all 30 of those seasons. Ten times during that stretch his teams were deemed #1 overall in the nation. Future NCAA champions that wrestled under Buxton include, Pat Santoro, Mark Perry, Steve Mocco, Kellen Russell, and Ed Ruth.
Prior to the SKWC, Buxton has led the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club since 2012. He has also been active coaching freestyle on Team New Jersey and internationally at the Senior level. In 2019, Buxton was named a volunteer coach for the freestyle world team at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan.
Over the weekend, one of the SKWC's wrestlers, Sebastian Rivera, earned a spot on the Puerto Rican world team for 2022. With the coaches already on staff at Rutgers, combined with Buxton's addition, this provide a huge boost for Rivera and others.
Buxton himself was an NCAA qualifier for the University of Rhode Island.