Bertin, Churella to Host Free Pre-Meet Clinic
Ryan Churella (L) and Ryan Bertin

Oct. 31, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan wrestling program will host a free wrestling clinic on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. The clinic, the first of the 2012-13 season, is open to all ages and skill levels and will feature technique instruction from former Wolverine greats Ryan Bertin and Ryan Churella, as well as members of the U-M team. No registration is necessary, and video cameras will be permitted.

Bertin (2002-05) was a two-time NCAA 157-pound champion (2003, '05) and four-time NCAA All-American, placing third as a junior (2004) and sixth as a freshman (2002). He captured Michigan's first NCAA individual title in 18 years when he defeated Illinois' Alex Tirapelle, 7-3, at the 2003 event. Two years later, he rolled past Iowa's Joe Johnston, 8-5, en route to his second NCAA crown, becoming the fifth multiple champion in U-M history. Named the 2005 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and Michigan's male recipient of the 2005 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Bertin wrapped his collegiate career with a 142-21 career record, including a 63-7 dual mark, to rank fifth among U-M's all-time winningest wrestlers.

Churella (2003-06) was a three-time NCAA All-American and just the eighth Wolverine in program history to win three Big Ten Conference titles, at 149 and 165 pounds. In his final season at Michigan, Churella posted a near-perfect 29-1 record and advanced to the 165-pound final at the NCAA Championships. His 117-18 career record places him seventh in the U-M record book for career winning percentage (.867) and 18th in career wins. He also ranks ninth among the all-time pin leaders with 35 career falls.

Bertin and Churella were captains of the 2004-05 Wolverine team that captured their second straight Big Ten dual-meet title and claimed second place at the NCAA Championships.

Following the clinic, the Wolverines will square off against Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. All clinic participants will receive free admission to the meet and a food voucher. Accompanying parents and coaches are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance via the U-M Ticket Office.

Michigan wrestling will host a second free pre-meet clinic on Sunday, Jan. 27, prior to the Northwestern dual. Full details will be released at a later date. For any further information regarding the clinics, please contact the Michigan wrestling office at 734-647-0248 or email

• Cliff Keen Arena

Contact: Wrestling Office (734) 647-024

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