The Top 6 Uncommitted Michigan High School Wrestlers In The Class Of 2021

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Led by one of the nation's best wrestlers, Davison's Alex Facundo, Michigan will be sending at least eight Class of 2021 grapplers to the NCAA Division 1 ranks next season.

Facundo, #3 in the latest national pound-for-pound rankings and #1 at 170, is heading to Penn State.

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Michigan's other 2021 wrestlers who have signed with Division 1 programs are Dundee's Stoney Buell (Purdue), Lowell's Doak Dean (Harvard), Richmond's Dan McKiernan (SIU-Edwardsville), Macomb Dakota's Brenden Ferretti (Navy), Rockford's Trenton Wachter (South Dakota State), Kalamazoo Central's Leo Galasso (Central Michigan) and Warren-Woods Tower's Joe Haynes (Virginia).

Will the list grow? There is still time.

Here is a look at Michigan's top unsigned Class of 2021 wrestlers:

Nathan Jerore, Woodhaven

Ranked No. 1 in the state at 140 pounds, Jerore hopes to use a strong offseason to finish higher on the state-tournament podium this season after placing fifth in Division 1 last season and seventh as a freshman, posting a combined 72-9 record.

He was third at the Indiana Hoosier Preseason Open in September before taking fourth at the Grappler Fall Classic. 

At GFC, he knocked off Stevensville-Lakeshore's Micah Hanau in overtime in the bloodround. Hanau was Division 2, 130-pound state champion last season and finished 41-4. He has committed to Army. Jerore also took out Virginia state champion Patrick Jordan at GFC.

Last summer, Jerore went 8-2 at the Mount Rushmore Mayhem tournament in Rapid City, South Dakota. 

Andrew Hampton, Rochester Stoney Creek

Ranked first in the state at 119 pounds, Hampton intends to finish off his career with a state championship.

He went 52-2 in placing second in the state second last year, dropping a 7-3 decision to Ferretti, and was third as a sophomore. Hampton edged Detroit Catholic Central’s Dylan Gilcher, currently ranked No. 2 at 125, for the 2019 Oakland County title.

Hampton has gone 88-8 the past two seasons.

Zach Johnson, Brighton

Ranked first in the state at 145 pounds, Johnson was second in the state in Division 1 last season and finished 41-9. He was fifth in the state as a freshman and sophomore. Johnson takes a 131-28 high school record into the coming season. 

He has enjoyed a productive offseason, finishing eighth at the Grappler Fall Classic and going 5-1 at the Midwest Ironman Duals.

At the Ironman Duals, Johnson bested three-time South Dakota state champion and South Dakota State commit Lucas Anglin, who finished last high school season with a 46-0 record.

Johnson then took care of Fargo All-American Cole Becker, who finished third in the Minnesota state tournament. He also best Oregon state champion Hunter Eveland. 

Cody Brenner, New Boston Huron

Ranked second in the state at 189 pounds, Brenner has increased his stock this offseason.

He finished sixth at the Grappler Fall Classic, upsetting Florda's Michael Tal-Shahar in overtime along the way. 

Tal-Shahar is ranked No. 19 nationally at 195 pounds and was a double Fargo All-American in 2019. He is also trained by two-time Olympian and World Championships silver medalist Shawn Shelton.

Brenner also beat South Dakota state runner-up Spencer Hanson at the Midwest Ironman Duals by technical fall. 

Last season, Brenner gave Warren Woods-Tower's Omari Embree, No. 81 on the Class of 2022 Big Board, a battle in the Division 2, 171-pound state championship match before falling, 3-2. Brenner finished the season 48-3.

He was also third in the state as a sophomore and eighth as a freshman. He takes a 135-19 high school record into the coming season, including 92-6 the past two years.

Mason Shrader, Brighton

Ranked second in the state at 135 pounds, Shrader went 4-2 at the Grappler Fall Classic.

He edged Dundee's Austin Fietz, 2-0, during the tournament. Fietz finished 41-6 last season, winning the Division 3 state championship. He has two other top-five state finishes. Fietz, will continue his career at Division 2 Lake Erie College.

Shrader reached the Division 1, 125-pound state championship match last season before dropping a 5-1 decision to Davison's Andrew Chambal, now a Michigan State freshman. 

Shrader also eighth in the state as a sophomore and sixth as a freshman. He takes a 110-24 high school record into the coming season. 

Camden Trupp, Detroit Catholic Central

Ranked second in the state at 145 pounds, Trupp hopes to capture his first state championship after placing second last year.

He reached the Division 1, 130-pound final before falling, 9-0, to Brighton's Eddie Homrock, a Michigan State recruit.

Trupp was third in the state as a sophomore. He has gone 76-14 the past two seasons. 


Mark Spezia is a freelance writer based in Lapeer, Michigan. He has written for ESPNW, Flohockey, Flint, Michigan-based My City Magazine, the Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit Magazine and Troy, Michigan-based Oakland Press. He previously worked for the Flint Journal, Lapeer (Michigan) County Press and Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton, Michigan.

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