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    Can Michigan Threaten Penn State in Kansas City?

    Michigan 2x NCAA All-American Will Lewan (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Over the past three weeks, the top story in college wrestling has been transfers. Some of the most notable and decorated wrestlers that are changing places have picked either Penn State or Michigan. The Wolverines struck first with All-American Lucas Davison; however, Penn State countered with Aaron Nagao and Bernie Truax. Though he isn’t counted in this exercise, they also picked up 2022 U20 world champion Mitch Mesenbrink. At this point, it’s unclear where Mesenbrink fits into the PSU lineup, though, it will likely be at 157/165 lbs.

    Last week, Michigan added to their haul with two more former Northwestern All-Americans in Michael DeAugustino and Chris Cannon. A stunning fourth AA committed yesterday in 2021 national champion Shane Griffith.

    With the high-caliber additions for Michigan, it begs the question. Can the Wolverines challenge Penn State for the 2024 national championship in Kansas City? Penn State started with a healthy lead, but were Michigan’s graduate transfers enough to close the gap and make things interesting?

    Before the Griffith announcement, Michigan was dealt a blow as redshirt sophomore 149 lber Chance Lamer entered the transfer portal. Lamer was an NCAA Round of 12 finisher as a freshman. As of now, Michigan’s 149 lb situation looks a bit murky. The only other 149 on the roster is Fidel Mayora, who was a strong recruit coming out of Illinois but is only 7-7 after two years of competition.

    We’ve taken a look at the returning NCAA team points for both Michigan and Penn State, along with the points earned by their respective transfers. Additionally, we have targeted the highest career point total for the Michigan wrestlers in an attempt to create a “best-case scenario” for the Wolverines.

    Michigan’s returning 2023 NCAA team points

    Dylan Ragusin (2 points)
    Will Lewan - 8th (5.5 points)
    Cam Amine - 4th (14.5 points)

    22 total points

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