Sixty Wolverines Named to Winter Academic All-Big Ten Team
Junior/Sophomore (2011-12)... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award ... Academic All-Big Ten Conference ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Registered a 0-2 mark at the Big Ten Championships (March 3-4) ... Posted a 4-8 dual record, including a 2-6 mark in Big Ten Duals ... Earned a 6-4 decision against Minnesota's Alex Ortiz (Jan. 27) ... Rallied back to a 25-12 major decision over Indiana's Ryan Konz (Jan. 13) ... Dropped a narrow 2-0 loss to Northwestern's #3 Jason Welch (Jan. 6) ... Wrestled back to third place at the Mat Town Invitational (Dec. 29) with a 4-1 record ... Defeated Kent State's #20 Mallie Shuster, 8-4, in the third-place contest ... Fell to Wisconsin's Shawn Perry, 5-2, in Big Ten opener (Dec. 11) ... Posted a 2-2 record at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 2-3) ... Earned back-to-back decisions against Buffalo's Wally Maziarz (4-0, Nov. 18) and Pittsburgh's Donnie Tasser (3-2, Nov. 19) over dual-opening weekend ... Posted a 2-2 record at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 12).
Sophomore/Freshman (2010-11)... NWCA All-Academic ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten Conference ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Posted a 0-2 record at the Big Ten Championships (March 5-6) ... Registered a 6-4 Big Ten dual record ... Earned a second-period pin against Wisconsin's Kalvin York (4:40, Feb. 4) ... Locked up a cradle out of a closing-second scramble to rally to a 10-6 decision over Ohio State's Jarred Kusar (Jan. 28) ... Claimed Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors after earning back-to-back bonus wins against Purdue and Central Michigan (Jan. 14-16), rolling to a 19-7 major decision vs. CMU's Eric Cubbery and pinning Purdue's #19 Colton Salazar (5:27) in dual-meet debut ... Made varsity debut at the Southern Scuffle (Dec. 29-30), claiming fourth place with a 5-2 record ... Took eighth place at the Nittany Lion Open (Dec. 4), compiling a 5-3 mark ... Went 1-2 at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 13) ... Posted a 5-0 mark en route to the 157-pound freshman/sophomore title at the season-opening EMU Open (Nov. 6) ... Defeated Cleveland State's Matt Donahoe, 16-3, for first collegiate victory.
Freshman (2009-10) ... Redshirted season ... Did not compete due to injury.
Prep... Graduated from Hesperia High School (2009) ... National Honor Society ... Valedictorian of graduating class ... Earned 2009 NHSCA Academic All-America honors ... Academic All-State selection (2009) ... Named Michigan's recipient of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award ... Two-time Michigan state champion, winning at 152 (2009) and 145 (2008) pounds ... Also claimed state runner-up honors (119 pounds, 2006) and took sixth place as a freshman (125 pounds, 2007) ... Career prep record of 251-7, including a perfect 65-0 mark during his senior season ... Earned three varsity letters in football ... Garnered first team All- Western Waterways Athletic Conference honors (2008) in football after rushing for a Hesperia school record 1,345 yards.
Personal... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring sport management ... Born on November 5, 1990 ... Son of Craig and Susan Zeerip ... Father wrestled at Ohio State (1984-88) ... Brother, Justin, is a current member of the Wolverine wrestling team.