May 16, 2012
DETROIT, Mich. -- Fifth-year senior Kellen Russell (High Bridge, N.J./Blair Academy) of the University of Michigan wrestling team added to his collection of awards on Monday evening (May 14) when he was named the 2012 Michigan College Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC). He is the second male recipient of this award from the University of Michigan, joining former swimmer Davis Tarwater (2002-06), who won the award in 2006.
The award started in 1996 and honors both athletic and academic achievement. In 2006, the awards were expanded to recognize outstanding college athletes with the Michigan College Athlete of the Year award.
During the 2011-2012 campaign, Russell became the sixth Wolverine wrestler to capture multiple NCAA titles when he defeated Iowa's Montell Marion, 6-4 SV, in the 141-pound final at the NCAA Championships. A four-time Big Ten champion, he posted a 33-1 record this season and went 134-12 in his collegiate career, ranking eighth among Michigan's all-time winningest wrestlers. His .918 career win percentage ranks second in program history.
Wayne State swimmer Catherine Leix was the other college honoree, while Gabby Yurik of Stoney Creek and incoming freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) were the high school recipients.
Massa is a four-time Michigan state champion with a career prep record of 231-0. The 2012 national winner of the prestigious Dave Schultz High School Excellence National Award, he is a two-time USAW Junior FILA National Champion and a 2011 FILA Junior Freestyle World Team member. He claimed four Cadet National titles -- two in freestyle and two in Greco-Roman -- and was an Asics 2011 High School Team All-American.
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