The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

May 5, 2009

WVU football recruit Busick will wrestle as well

MORGANTOWN — Figures.

One of the most intriguing recruits West Virginia University coach Bill Stewart pulled in among is 2009 football recruiting class was Branko Busick, a hard-hitting linebacker from Steubenville.

What made Busick so intriguing, however, is his bloodline, for he is the son of former professional wrestler Nick “Big Bully” Busick, one of the most entertaining villains ever to set foot in the World Wrestling Federation ring.

Well, the younger Busick followed in his father’s singlet and combined wrestling with football at Steubenville, and he has decided to do the same at WVU.

In a surprise announcement, Busick was listed among the five recruits coach Craig Turnbull landed this year.

“Branko Busick is coming in with football, but he has a tremendous love and passion for the sport of wrestling,” Turnbull commented in the press release. “He is going to try to blend both sports, and he has been given the blessing from Coach Stewart, which is much appreciated. When he gets the benefit of coming into our program and working with the athletes in here, we think his ceiling is unlimited as well.”

Stewart has said that he would not stand in the way of his football players playing other sports if he felt it would help them and not hurt the program. Two years ago he allowed then-backup quarterback Jarrett Brown to play guard on Bob Huggins’ basketball team and said he would not have stood in the way of quarterback Patrick White playing baseball if he so desired.

A native of Weirton, Busick is a two-time district and sectional champion under coach Mike Blackburn at Steubenville High. He has placed twice at nationals, finishing third and fifth, and earned as high as third place in the Ohio state tournament.

Busick’s senior year he posted a 45-1 record while finishing sixth in the state tournament. He finished his high school career with a 153-21 record.

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