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UB appeals wrestling team penalty

The University at Buffalo is appealing a postseason ban of its wrestling team for the 2014-15 season for low Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores.

The ban by the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance is a result of APR scores calculated over a four-year period that ended with the 2012-13 season. The UB team recorded a score of 925, below the necessary 930.

“The academic success of our student-athletes will always be the top priority at UB,” Athletic Director Danny White said. “We are aware that problems did occur in the past, but we have faced them and made changes under the leadership of our new wrestling coach John Stutzman.

“Well before we even started the appeals process, we began implementing new processes to help all of our student-athletes have more success in the classroom.”

In the fall semester of 2013, the Bulls finished with their highest GPA since the fall of 2009.

“… We are heading in a better direction and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that this never happens again,” Stutzman said.

UB is currently working with the State University of New York Legal Council and the NCAA on the appeal process and a resolution is pending.

For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate, an increase over the previous standards of 900 (four years) and 930 (two years).

BASEBALL: Canisius (35-14, 17-4 MAAC) will take a 13-game winning streak, the longest active in Division I, into today’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader at 11 a.m. against Monmouth (22-20, 12-7) at the Demske Sports Complex. Monmouth is on a tear of its own as it brings an 11-game win streak into today’s games. The Hawks are batting .277 as a team. The third game of the series is set for noon on Friday.

Canisius already has clinched a first-round bye in the six-team MAAC tournament May 21-24 in Lakewood, N.J. The Griffs lead the MAAC with an 17-4 record. Any combination of two Canisius wins or Siena losses this week will give the Griffs the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference playoffs.

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