MOUNT PLEASANT â€“ Central Michigan University head wrestling coach Tom Borrelli has announced the signing of 10 high school student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent.
Along with the 10 signees, two other student-athletes have committed to join the program as preferred walk-ons.
Six different states are represented in the recruiting class. Eight individuals claimed at least one state championship during their high school careers, and eight boast a grade-point average of at least 3.3.
â€œWeâ€™re excited to bring this class of recruits into our program,â€ Borrelli said. â€œThey are all successful academically and have the potential to develop into very good college wrestlers. We know that they will be in the program for four or five years, and our program has proven that you can be successful if you hang in there through that process.â€
CMU finished tied for 14th at the 2009 NCAA Championships, its fifth top-15 finish in the last six years. Mike Miller (national runner-up, 174 pounds) and Scotti Sentes (seventh place, 125 pounds) earned All-America honors, marking the sixth straight year and ninth time in the last 10 years CMU has produced multiple All-Americans.
2009 CMU Wrestling Recruiting Class
Cameron Amateis â€“ 125/133 pounds â€“ Harrison Township, Mich./Lâ€™Anse Creuse HS
Preferred walk-on … two-time Michigan state champion … won the 125-pound Division 1 state title in 2009 … posted an overall record of 61-2 as a senior … 2008 Division 1 state champion at 119 pounds in 2008 … was 62-1 as a junior … placed seventh in the state at 119 pounds as a sophomore … high school coach was Keith Weiand … scored a 24 on the ACT … plans to major in secondary education.
Zach Aylor â€“ 184 pounds â€“ Oklahoma City, Okla./Carl Albert HS
Oklahoma Class 5A state champion at 189 pounds in 2009 … record of 33-1 as a senior … finished runner-up in 2008 … placed fourth in the state at 171 pounds in 2007 … two-time all-city selection by The Oklahoman … high school coach was Fay Barnett … CMU Presidentâ€™s Award recipient … high school class valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 GPA … scored 27 on the ACT … plans to major in sports medicine or pre-physical therapy.
Jeff Beebe â€“ 197 pounds â€“ Allendale, Mich./Allendale HS
Michigan Division 3 state champion at 215 pounds in 2009 … placed fourth in the state in 2008 … posted a career record of 87-29, including 57-0 as a senior … high school coach was Duane Watson … carries a 3.5 GPA … scored 23 on the ACT … plans to major in biology or education.
Zack Cline â€“ 157 pounds â€“ Hartville, Ohio/Lake HS
Finished fifth at 135 pounds at the Ohio state tournament in 2008 … two-time state tournament qualifier … posted a 41-5 record as a senior … high school coaches were Mike Mattingly and Dave Cline … high school teammate of current Chippewa Mike Miller and fellow signee Scott Mattingly … CMU Presidentâ€™s Award recipient … maintains a 3.7 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT … plans to major in either chemistry or biology.
Jacob Jeske â€“ 149/157 pounds â€“ Midland, Mich./Swan Valley HS
Michigan Division 3 state champion at 145 pounds in 2009 … posted 57-2 record as a senior … finished runner-up at 140 pounds in 2008 … was 57-4 as a junior … high school coach was Darrell Burchfield … plans to major in sociology or criminal justice.
Craig Kelliher â€“ 184/197 pounds â€“ Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS
Placed in the top three in the state of Minnesota in 2008 and 2009 … finished third at the state tournament at 152 pounds in 2008 … moved up to 189 pounds and placed runner-up at the state tournament in 2009 … was fifth at 152 pounds at 2007 Cadet Nationals … named most outstanding wrestler at 189 pounds at 2009 high school national duals … career high school record of 159-45, including 47-2 as a senior … high school coach was Jim Jackson … carries a 3.3 grade-point average … plans to major in engineering or physics.
Dillon Kern â€“ 184 pounds â€“ Webberville, Mich./Fowlerville HS
Division 2 state champion at 189 pounds in 2009 … posted a 60-2 mark as a senior … named to the 2009 Lansing State Journal Wrestling Dream Team … named Livingston County co-Wrestler of the Year by Daily Press & Argus … placed runner-up in the state at 171 pounds in 2008 … high school coach was Chris Tyle … carries a 3.74 GPA … scored 26 on the ACT … plans to major in pre-physical therapy or education.
Taylor March â€“ 133/141 pounds â€“ Avilla, Ind./East Noble HS
Placed in the top three of the state tournament all four years of his high school career … capped high school career with a state title in 2009 after finishing second in 2006 and 2007 and third in 2008 … Fort Wayne News-Sentinel co-Wrestler of the Year in 2009 … set school record with 163 career victories … posted 39-1 record as a senior … high school coach was Bill Knapp … CMU Presidentâ€™s Award recipient … named high school valedictorian with a GPA of 4.091 … scored 27 on the ACT … plans to pursue a degree in sports medicine or pre-physical therapy.
Scott Mattingly â€“ 141 pounds â€“ Uniontown, Ohio/Lake HS
Placed in the top four at the Ohio state tournament three times … was fourth at 135 pounds in 2009, third at 125 pounds in 2008 and fourth at 112 pounds in 2007 … finished sixth at 125 pounds at Junior Nationals (freestyle) in 2008 … high school coaches were Mike Mattingly and Dave Cline … high school teammate of current Chippewa Mike Miller and fellow signee Zackery Cline … CMU Presidentâ€™s Award recipient … boasts a 3.8 grade-point average and a score of 30 on the ACT.
Adam Miller â€“ 165/174 pounds â€“ Sparta, Mich./Sparta HS
Two-time Michigan high school state champion … won Division 2 titles at 160 pounds in 2008 and 2009 … finished runner-up at 152 pounds in Division 2 in 2007 … finished career with 93-match winning streak … was 46-0 as a junior and 47-0 as a senior … high school coaches were Gary Stamos, Scott Bitley and Tom Bennett … plans to major in business.
Joe Roth â€“ 125 pounds â€“ Dixon, Ill./Dixon HS
Won the Illinois Division AA 119-pound state championship in 2009 … placed sixth in the state in 2008 … placed sixth at 119 pounds at Senior Nationals in 2009 … was eighth at Junior Nationals (freestyle) in 2008 … high school coach was Evan Thorpe … plans to major in secondary education.
Justin Zimmerman â€“ 141 pounds â€“ Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville HS
Preferred walk-on … finished runner-up at 130 pounds at the Michigan Division 1 state tournament as a senior … was 48-1 overall as a senior … placed second in the state at 103 pounds as a sophomore … high school coach was Jeff Henderson … carries a 3.9 GPA … scored 26 on the ACT.