Former State Champions Announce Transfer Plans: Dutton to Michigan, Malvestuto to Buffalo
Stephen Dutton, Photo by Boris Veysman
Two former New York State champions recently made their transfer destinations official.
On Tuesday, the Dutton family confirmed that Stephen Dutton will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall. The Rocky Point graduate was a two-time NCAA qualifier at Lehigh and a two-time placer at the EIWA tournament (4th in 2011, 3rd in 2012) at 141 pounds.
During his Mountain Hawk career, Dutton compiled a 42-21 record and made the Round of 12 at the NCAAs as a freshman.
After getting his release from Lehigh, Dutton also considered staying home on Long Island and wrestling for Hofstra before choosing the Wolverines. He has two years of eligibility as well as a redshirt year remaining. Dutton plans to stay at 141 pounds.
Dutton won his second state title in 2010, the same year that Niagara-Wheatfield’s Angelo Malvestuto captured his state crown at 189 pounds. After a pair of seasons at Virginia Tech, Malvestuto recently announced his plans to change schools. He will now join the hometown Buffalo Bulls.
The all-time wins leader at Niagara-Wheatfield redshirted in his first season in Blacksburg and competed at both 184 and 197 pounds during his freshman campaign in 2011-12. He amassed a 21-13 mark, which included placements at tournaments such as the Harris Open, Nittany Lion Open and Shorty Hitchcock Classic. At the end of the year, Malvestuto represented Virginia Tech at 184 pounds at the ACC Championships.
The Bulls staff is pleased to welcome the three-time high school All-American back to New York to compete for a starting role in the upperweights.
“Angelo was a proven winner in high school,” said head assistant coach Matt Lackey in a Buffalo press release. “Coming to Buffalo after spending two years at Virginia Tech allows him to make an immediate impact at a weight class where we need him. One more stepping stone has been added in our climb to the top of the MAC with the addition of Angelo.”