Yesterday, the University of Michigan wrestling team received its first commitment of the 2009-10 recruiting class, Max Huntley of Blair Academy. Huntley had committed to Missouri earlier this month, but announced yesterday he would continue his wrestling career at UofM. Huntley actually graduated last year, but was 17 and decided to take a prep year at Blair Academy before moving on to college. He has performed well at a number of prestigious tournaments, winning the Walsch Ironman and the Beast of the East, and placing second at Fargo, earning him the top ranking in theopenmat.com's 197 pound prospect rankings.
Apparently, when Coach McFarland said he wanted to get some recruits in the 184-197 lb range, he was serious. Huntley is a huge pickup for Michigan, not only does it give them an excellent wrestler with potential at NCAA titles, but it also keeps that Blair Academy pipeline open. Blair is consistently the top wrestling school in America, with occaisonal challenges from St. Ed's or St. Paris-Graham, and they put out All-Americal level talent in droves each year. Huntley makes the third wrestler from Blair in four years to pick Michigan, the first two being Kellen Russell and Sean Boyle.
Huntley likely fits in at 197, he's a pretty big 189 pounder right now, which means a probable redshirt as Biondo will occupy that spot next year. They will probably find a way to slot him into the lineup the next year though, on what is starting to look like a National Championship quality team. The future of Michigan wrestling continues to shine bright.