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Wrestlers Russell, Zeerip Garner NWCA All-Academic Honors
2011-12 Michigan Wrestling Roster
Sixty Wolverines Named to Winter Academic All-Big Ten Team
Notes & Quotes: NCAA Championships - Day Two
Fifth-Year Senior (2011-12)... Academic All-Big Ten Conference ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Reached the Round of 12 at the NCAA Championships (March 15-17), finishing a match shy of All-America honors with a 3-2 record ... Took seventh place at the Big Ten Championships (March 3-4) with a 2-2 record ... Posted an 8-3 dual-meet record, including a 4-3 mark in Big Ten duals ... Dropped a controversial overtime decision to Ohio State's #7 Nick Heflin, 3-3 TB2 (Feb. 3) ... Used a first-period takedown to claim a 3-2 decision over Northwestern's #8 Lee Munster (Jan. 6) ... Posted a 3-0 record en route to the 174-pound title at the Mat Town Invitational (Dec. 29) ... Defeated Pittsburgh's #Ethan Headlee, 4-0, in the final ... Cruised to a 10-2 major decision against Wisconsin's Frank Cousins in Big Ten opener (Dec. 11) ... Took second place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 2-3) with a 4-1 record ... Fell to Cal Poly's #7 Ryan DesRoches, 6-5 TB, in the championship match ... Earned a 4-2 decision against Pitt's Ethan Headlee (Nov. 19) ... Pinned Buffalo's Mett Dehney (1:46) in dual opener (Nov. 18) ... Posted a 4-0 record en route to the 174-pound title at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 12) ... Defeated Northwestern's Lee Munster, 5-0, in the MSU final.
Senior/Junior (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 NCAA Championships (March 17-19) ... Claimed eighth place at the Big Ten Tournament (March 5-6) with a 0-3 record ... Used riding time to edge Wisconsin's #12 Ben Jordan, 2-1 (Feb. 4) ... Posted a 4-3 Big Ten record ... Used riding time to edge Wisconsin's #12 Ben Jordan, 2-1 (Feb. 4) ... Fell to Ohio State's #14 Nick Heflin, 2-1, on a late reversal (Jan. 28) ... Returned from injury to defeat Northwestern's Robert Kellogg, 10-1, putting U-M ahead for good in comeback win ... Took fifth place at the Southern Scuffle (Dec. 29-30) with a 6-2 record ... Posted a 3-2 record at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 3-4) ... Claimed runner-up honors at the season-opening EMU Open (Nov. 6) with a 3-1 record ... Selected as a team tri-captain.
Junior/Sophomore (2009-10)... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Posted a 1-2 record at the NCAA Championships (March 18-20) ... Claimed fourth place at Big Ten Conference Tournament (March 6-7) with 3-2 record ... Tallied a career-best 29-21 record, including a 10-9 mark in dual meets ... Claimed sixth place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 4-5) with a 5-3 record ... Defeated Ohio State's 20th-ranked Dave Rella, 2-1 TB, in the wrestlebacks ... Placed third at the Eastern Michigan Open (Nov. 8) and fourth at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 15).
Sophomore/Freshman (2008-09)... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Competed in NCAA Championships and was eliminated with 0-2 record...Claimed 8th place at Big Ten Conference Tournament with 1-3 record... Posted a3-5 mark in Big Ten duals ... Earned first win over a ranked opponent with a 3-2 decision against Penn State's 20th-ranked Dan Vallimont (Feb. 14) ... Claimed a 3-0 decision against Michigan State's Rex Kendle (Feb. 8) ... Used a late surge to earn a 9-1 major decision against Northwestern's Kyle Bertin (Jan. 31) ... Picked up a quick, first-period pin against Binghamton's Ryan McGarity (1:19, Jan. 24) ... Went 1-2 at the National Duals (Jan. 10-11), earning a 4-2 decision against Penn State's Mark Friend ... Posted a 1-2 record at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 5-6), earning first varsity win against Dickinson State's Stan Schlecht (4-0) ... Suffered two decision losses against ranked opponents over opening weekend, falling to Lehigh's 17th-ranked Mike Galante (11-5, Nov. 21) and Penn's ninth-ranked Zack Shanaman (6-3, Nov. 22).
Freshman (2007-08)... Redshirted season ... Competed at six open tournaments ... Captured the 174-pound title at the Ashland Eagle Open (Fevb. 23) with a 3-0 record ... Placed third at the Edinboro Open (Feb. 2) with a 4-1 record ... Defeated Brandon Hatchett 5-2 in the third-place bout ... Captured the 165-pound title at the Kent State Open (Dec. 19) with a perfect 5-0 record ... Posted a 2-2 mark at the Penn State Open (Dec. 2) ... Took second place at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 11) with a 3-1 record in the freshman/sophomore division ... Registered a 6-2 record and claimed seventh place in collegiate debut at the Eastern Michigan Open (Nov. 3) ... Pinned Ethan Geppert (1:20) for first career U-M victory.
Prep... Hesperia High School (2007) ... National Honor Society ... Honor Roll ... Co-Valedictorian of graduating class ... Named to Wrestling USA magazine's Academic All-America team (2007) ... Academic All-State ... Michigan's recipient of the Dave Schultz Award (2007) ... Selected as Michigan's "Mr. Wrestler" award winner ... Four-time Michigan state champion (2004, '05, '06, '07) ... Career prep record of 260-0 ... Set state and national records for most consecutive wins (260) and career pins (203) ... Claimed third place in the 160-pound division at the 2007 Senior High School Nationals ... Also competed in cross country ... Earned All-Western Waterways Athletic Conference honors (2006) ... Hesperia captured two Michigan cross country state team championships during his career (2004, '06).
Personal... Enrolled in the School of Education, majoring in elementary education (mathematics, social studies) ... Born on December 7, 1988 ... Son of Craig and Susan Zeerip ... Father wrestled at Ohio State (1984-88).
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