Wrestling: Turnbull Signs Four to 2012-13 Roster

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • November 17, 2011 03:04 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia wrestling coach Craig Turnbull announced today the signing of four wrestlers to the 2012-13 roster.

“This recruiting class is highlighted by four wrestlers that are in the top-tier of prep wrestling,” Turnbull says. “We believe that each of them will contribute to our program and will continue to uphold the high-quality of competition that we bring to the mat.”

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 letters of intent.

Luster is currently competing in the 160-pound weight class at Pittsburgh Central Catholic and is ranked as the 41st-best wrestler overall, 14th-best wrestler in the country in that weight class and the third-best wrestler in the state of Pennsylvania at that weight.

During 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.

“Jason 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.”

Vizcarrondo currently competes in the 220-pound weight class 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 finished second in the national preps last year, 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.

“A.J. 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 is an accomplished wrestler at 119-pounds, finished last season with a 44-2 record and has compiled a 119-8 career record. In the FHSAA state wrestling tournament, Browning has finished third, second and first over the previous three years. In the Super 32 Tournament, Browning finished eight 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 because he is coached by one of our former wrestlers, 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.”

Stainbrook boasts a 113-23 career record during his time at Walsh Jesuit. 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.

He 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.”