Nov. 21, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan wrestling head coach Joe McFarland announced Thursday (Nov. 21) that six student-athletes -- Malik Amine (Brighton, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central HS), Zac Hall (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS), Davonte Mahomes (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park and River Forest HS), Alec Pantaleo (Canton, Mich./Canton HS), Zehlin Storr (Mason, Mich./Leslie HS) and Garrett Sutton (Richmond, Ill./Burton HS) -- have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend Michigan and compete in wrestling next fall.
"We're excited about this class," said McFarland. "As a group -- all six of these guys -- I really like their wrestling, and I really like their potential. They are the kind of student-athletes we want here at Michigan. They're hard-working, focused, tough and serious about their academics. I think they're really going to add a lot to our program and do some great things in the future."
Amine captured a Michigan state title at 140 pounds last season (2013) for state powerhouse Detroit Catholic Central and is a three-time Michigan state placewinner, claiming second place at 135 pounds (2012) and fifth place at 112 pounds (2011). He owns a career prep record of 125-26. His father, Mike, and uncle, Sam, both wrestled at Michigan in the late 1980s, while a cousin, Jordan, is currently on the Wolverine team. Amine is projected to wrestle at 149 or 157 pounds at Michigan.
Ranked No. 4 nationally at 138 pounds and as the No. 18 overall recruit, Hall is a three-time Michigan state champion at powerhouse St. Johns High School, winning at 103 pounds (2011), 112 pounds (2012) and 125 pounds (2013). He boasts a career prep record of 146-2, including a perfect 48-0 mark last year as a junior. Hall is a five-time Fargo All-American in freestyle, earning 2012 freestyle runner-up honors at 120 pounds. He is projected to wrestle at 133 or 141 pounds at Michigan.
Listed as the nation's No. 8-ranked 170-pound wrestler and No. 38 overall recruit, Mahomes is a two-time Illinois state placewinner, claiming third place at 160 pounds (2013) and 152 pounds (2012). He is 117-15 in his prep career, posting a near-perfect 44-1 mark as a junior last season. Mahomes is a three-time Fargo All-American. He fell just short of the USA Wrestling Junior triple crown in 2013, capturing folkstyle and Greco-Roman titles while claiming second in freestyle. He will likely wrestle at 165 pounds at Michigan.
Pantaleo captured a Michigan state title at 135 pounds as a sophomore (2012) before missing the bulk of last season with a broken hand. He owns a career prep record of 125-8. His uncle, Joe, was a two-time NCAA finalist for Michigan in the late 1980s. Pantaleo is projected to wrestle at 149 pounds at Michigan.
The nation's No. 20-ranked 138-pound wrestler, Storr captured a Michigan state title at 135 pounds as a junior (2013) and is a three-time Michigan state placewinner. He previously claimed runner-up honors at 135 pounds (2012) and took third at 130 pounds as a sophomore (2011). Storr owns a 159-12 career prep record, including an unbeaten 59-0 mark last season. He is likely to wrestle at 141 pounds at Michigan.
Listed as the nation's No. 7-ranked 160-pound wrestler and No. 92 overall recruit, Sutton captured an Illinois state title at 152 pounds as a junior (2013) and is a two-time state placewinner, taking third place at 138 pounds in 2012. Sutton owns a 118-8 career prep record, including a perfect 37-0 mark last season. In freestyle competition, he was a 2011 FILA Cadet All-American. His cousin, Cameron Kennedy, is a current member of the Wolverine team. Sutton is projected to wrestle at 165 or 174 pounds at Michigan.
Michigan will fill out its incoming class with several additional members in the spring.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423