U-M's Kellen Russell (College) & Taylor Massa (H.S.) MI Athletes of the Year

U-M's Kellen Russell (College) & Taylor Massa (H.S.) MI Athletes of the Year

Submitted by Everyone Murders on May 17th, 2012 at 12:33 PM

The Detroit Athletic Club named two-time NCAA wrestling champion Kellen Russell its Michigan Collegiate Men's Athlete of the Year.  Given the competition of Denard Robinson, Draymond Green (I feel dirty writing that, but give the devil his due), Trey Burke, etc., it is quite an honor.  And well-deserved:  4-time B1G champion, 33-1 this season, and .918 overall win percentage.  He's only the second Wolverine to achieve the [ed. men's] honor in the 16 year history of the award (swimmer Davis Tarwater won in 2006) [ed. which was expanded to include collegiate athletes in 2006 - see HopeInHoke's comment below for a nice table, etc.].

In the H.S. division, rising freshman wrestler Taylor Massa won the award.  Taylor's from St. Johns, MI and attends St. Johns H.S..  This rising Wolverine will bring a 231-0 H.S. record with him, along with various other awards - the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award among them.  This young man is legit, and we look forward to seeing him represent U-M over the next four years.

Congratulations to Kellen and Taylor, and Go Blue!  Links below. 

       

Kellen Russell                                Taylor Massa

http://msay.thedac.com/

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/051612aaa.html

Wrestling: Kellen Russell makes NCAA finals at 141

Wrestling: Kellen Russell makes NCAA finals at 141

Submitted by MichFan1997 on March 16th, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Title says it all. Second finals appearance in a row for Russell as he looks for his 2nd NCAA Title. Also, senior Zac Stevens won in the blood round to become an all-American for the first time. Michigan is in 9th place (sixth out of Big Ten schools).