Wrestling team adds 8 newcomers for the 2011-2012 season

Wrestling team adds 8 newcomers for the 2011-2012 season

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team has unveiled its recruiting class, which includes eight newcomers for the 2011-2012 season.

The newcomers include three high school state champions and a state runner-up  and four other promising wrestlers.

A quick look at the eight freshmen:

Kyle Diesel

Westtown, N.Y.

Two-time N.Y. state qualifier

N.Y. state runner up

Career record: 178-35

Projected weight class: 165/174

Brandon Yeik

Bremertown, Wash.

Three-time Washington state finalist

Two-time state champion

Career record 113-6

Projected weight class: 149/157

Connar Zimmerman

La Plata, Md.

Two-time Maryland state finalist

Maryland state champion

Career record 127-31

Projected weight class: 157/165

Michael Milanese

Huntington Station, N.Y.

2011 All-Suffolk County

Career record 152 - 42

Projected weight class: 133/141

Buddy Watson

Fort Morgan, Colo.

Three-time state finalist

Four-time state place winner

2010 State champion         

Career record 155-15

93 career pins

Projected weight class: 141/149

Matt Hiltz

St Joseph's H.S., Md.

Eighth-place prep nationals

Projected weight class: 149/157

Tom Healey

Andover, N.J.

District Runner up

Projected weight class: 125/133


Barada Moncravie

North Las Vegas, Nev.


Projected weight class: 157

The Mariners will open their season at The College of New Jersey Invite at TCNJ on Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. they will host Hunter College in their first dual home match on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. Other home encounters include Nassau on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m., Coast Guard on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. and New York University on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.