ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan wrestling head coach Joe McFarland announced Tuesday (Nov. 22) that eight student-athletes -- Andrew Davison, Jelani Embree, Ben Freeman, Drew Mattin, Zachery Nemec, Nikita Nepomnyashchiy, Luke Ready and Layne Van Anrooy -- have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend Michigan and compete in wrestling next fall.
"We're really excited about this class," said McFarland. "It's a big group of high-quality and high-character young men, who are committed to competing hard on the mat and in the classroom. Those are the kind of student-athletes we want here at Michigan. I think they're going to add a lot to our program and do some great things in the future."
Davison, a native of Chesterton, Indiana, is ranked No. 6 nationally at 195 pounds and as the No. 61 overall recruit by InterMat and No. 46 by Flowrestling. He claimed fifth at the Indiana state tournament as a sophomore (2015) at Chesterton HS after missing the bulk of his freshman year with injury. He has boasted a 79-4 record over the last two seasons. He is a four-time Fargo All-American in the international styles, including a cadet Greco-Roman winner in 2015 and owns three top-six finishes at UWW Cadet Nationals. He is projected to wrestling at 197 pounds at Michigan.
Embree, a native of Eastpointe, Michigan, is ranked No. 4 nationally at 182 pounds and as the No. 25 overall recruit by InterMat and No. 24 by Flowrestling. He captured a Michigan state title at 171 pounds last season (2011) and is a two-time state placewinner for Warren Lincoln HS, taking third place as a sophomore (2015), with a near-perfect 92-1 record over the last two seasons. He qualified for the 2015 Cadet world freestyle team but did not compete due to injury and, last season, was a Fargo double All-American with top-six finishes in freestyle and Greco-Roman. He will likely wrestle at 184 pounds at Michigan.
Freeman, a native of Walled Lake, Michigan, is ranked No. 4 nationally at 138 pounds and as the No. 30 overall recruit by InterMat and No. 44 by Flowrestling. He is a three-time Michigan state champion for Walled Lake Central HS, claiming back-to-back titles at 125 pounds (2014, '15) before winning at 135 pounds as a junior (2016). He owns a career prep record of 129-1, including an 86-0 mark over the last two seasons. He is a four-time Fargo All-American and has twice placed at UWW freestyle nationals, claiming junior runner-up honors last summer at 63kg/138.75 pounds. He will wrestle at 141 or 149 pounds at Michigan,
Mattin, a native of Delta, Ohio, is ranked No. 13 nationally at 126 pounds and as the No. 63 overall recruit by InterMat. He is a two-time Ohio state champion at Delta HS, winning at 120 pounds as a junior (2016) and 106 pounds as a sophomore (2015), and a three-time placewinner, taking third as a freshman (2014). He boasts a 133-8 career prep record. A five-time Fargo All-American, he reached the 113-pound junior freestyle final in 2015 and was true second at 50kg/110 pounds at UWW Cadet Nationals (2015). He is projected to wrestle at 125 pounds at Michigan.
Nemec, a native of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, captured a regional heavyweight crown last year at Fremd HS, posting a 31-6 record, and took second at the freshman/sophomore state tournament in 2015. Off the mat, Nemec was a starter on the offensive and defensive lines on Fremd's football team. He will wrestle heavyweight at Michigan.
Nepomnyashchiy emigrated from Russia to Deerfield, Illinois, as a sixth grader and began wrestling in the eighth grade. He is an Illinois state qualifier for Stevenson HS, posting a 36-6 record as a junior (2016), after capturing a state freshman/sophomore title at 160 pounds in 2015. He is projected to wrestle at 174 pounds at Michigan.
Ready, a native of Howell, Michigan, is a two-time Michigan state champion at Brighton HS, capturing back-to-back titles at 215 pounds (2014, '15), after claiming fourth place at 189 pounds as a sophomore (2013). He boasted a 142-11 career prep record, including a near-perfect 41-1 mark as a senior. He also claimed Cadet freestyle runner-up honors at 220 pounds in 2014. He will wrestle heavyweight at Michigan.
Van Anrooy, a native of Roseburg, Oregon, is ranked No. 6 nationally at 160 pounds and as the No. 19 overall recruit by InterMat and No. 53 by Flowrestling. He is a three-time Oregon state champion at Roseburg HS, winning at 138 pounds (2014), 152 pounds (2015) and 160 pounds (2016). He boasts a career prep record of 122-9. He earned top-four finishes in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at UWW Cadet Nationals (2015) and is a Fargo All-American. He will likely wrestle at 157 pounds at Michigan.
Michigan currently has two more unsigned commitments and could expand its incoming class with additional members in the spring.
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