photo courtesy of Cam Kramer
Last night, All-American Patrick Brucki announced via social media that he would be transferring to Michigan for the 2021-22 school year. Brucki made headlines last month after his name showed up in the transfer portal. This summer, TOM spoke with Princeton assistant coach Joe Dubuque who mentioned that Brucki would not be competing during the 2020-21 season to recover from an injury that slowed him down at the end of the season. That appears to be the case since Brucki noted the 2022 season in his post.
Michigan had three of their best wrestlers sit out the 2019-20 campaign on Olympic redshirts. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming season, that could be a possibility, as well. The proposition of having the Wolverines three high All-Americans combined with Brucki and their existing roster in 2021-22 is quite scary. Though there is plenty that can change between now and fall of 2021, it’s hard to peg another lineup as imposing as the one head coach Sean Bormet could utilize. None of these redshirt-related decisions have been finalized, so it’s possible that the group of Stevan Micic, Logan Massa, and Myles Amine could compete in the upcoming season.
However the lineup plays out for the Wolverines in 2021 and 2022; they can count on another national title favorite at the 197 lb weight class with the addition of Brucki. Patrick is a three-time national qualifier that was an EIWA champion in 2019 and later finished fourth in the nation, that same season. Despite wrestling through injuries in 2019-20, Brucki was still seeded eighth at the 2020 NCAA Championships after a third-place showing at the EIWA Championships.