(Photo credit: Oklahoma State Athletics)
Yesterday, former Oklahoma State two-time All American heavyweight wrestler, Austin Marsden, joined the University at Buffalo staff as an assistant coach. During his time at Oklahoma State, Marsden was a four-year letterman and compiled a career-record of 108-22 and was 37-8 in dual meets over his career. Austin qualified for the NCAAs all four years and was an All-American in 2014 and 2016. After graduation, he spent the previous year as a volunteer assistant for the program at Army West Point.
"I am really excited to join the UB wrestling program," Marsden said in a press release from University at Buffalo Sports Information. "There is a lot of potential here and it's something I want to be a part of. When I visited here for the first time, it came off as a family environment with the coaching staff and the wrestlers. I can't wait to get started here and make an impact with a great team."
Marsden will work primarily with the upper weights at UB, including 2017 Mid-American Conference Heavyweight Champion Jake Gunning.
The heavyweight out of Crystal Lake, was a four-time Illinois Greco state champion and three-time Illinois freestyle state champion. In 2011, he was a state champion at 215 pounds and amassed 44 pins which is second-most all-time in Illinois high school history. Marsden then went on to have a very solid college career. Austin finished with 16 falls, 19 major decisions and five technical falls. He would earn a spot on the U.S. Junior World Team twice, he won the Southern Scuffle twice and finished his career as a three-time Big 12 champion.