Wrestling Signs Nation's Top Heavyweight

The University at Buffalo wrestling team has taken another huge leap in the right direction by locking up a nationally number-1-ranked recruit.

Signing Tom Curl, a New Jersey high school senior ranked by many sources as the number 1 high-school heavyweight in the nation, marks the second time in three years that UB has landed a wrestler of his caliber. Curl, a state champion as a junior, entered his senior year of high school with a 104-6 career record. He will be join former three-time New Jersey state champion Labe Black at UB.

The two share much in common. Black was also ranked number 1 in the country in his weight class as a senior and is also the state's career-leader in wins with 142, a mark Curl will look to best this season.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have Tom joining our wrestling family here at UB," said wrestling head coach Jim Beicher, who will be entering his seventh season with a career mark of 61-29-2. "With continuing additions like Tom to our program we can reach our goal of becoming a perennial top 25 program in the country."

Curl progressed rapidly in high school, finishing fifth in the state as a freshman and third as a sophomore before winning it all last season with a 34-1 record. He is also a three-time district and regional champion.

Curl plans to major in accounting at UB.

Compiled by Asst. Sports Editor Michael Goldberg