Top-Ranked 195 lber Rylan Rogers (Photo/Josh Conklin)
The University of Michigan received its first commitment from the Class of 2022 today when top-ranked 195 lber Rylan Rogers (Coeur d'Alene, ID) verballed via video on the True Wrestling Rokfin page. In addition to Rogers' weight class ranking by MatScouts, the site has also deemed him the fifth-best recruit in the Class of 2022. According to the site's School List article, Rogers also had NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, and Penn State among his final choices.
Rogers is a 2019 16U freestyle national runner-up in Fargo and also a Cadet World Team Trials runner-up the same year. Rylan spent the first two years of his high school career at Blair Academy in New Jersey, where he placed twice at the National Prep Championships. As a freshman, Rogers was third at 195 lbs. A year later, he won the 182 lbs bracket. While at Blair, Rogers was a 2019 finalist at the Walsh Ironman and the Beast of the East. He ended up winning the Ironman. Even before entering high school, Rogers had already earned All-American honors by placing sixth in Cadet freestyle in Fargo.
Last fall, Rogers was selected to participate in FloWrestling's Who's #1 dual meet. He fell in a hard-fought match to Nebraska-signee Lenny Pinto (Stroudsburg, PA). Like a handful of others at Blair Academy, the pandemic made it difficult for Rogers and the team to meet in person, so he moved out west to Idaho. He competed for Coeur d'Alene high school in 2020-21 and finished the year as an Idaho 5A state champion at 195 lbs.
For the Wolverines, Rogers fits in at 184 or 197 lbs. Either should fit in with Michigan's current depth chart, though getting an athlete of his caliber supersedes filling a need. The Wolverines are expected to have the services of seniors Myles Amine and Patrick Brucki at 184 and 197 lbs, respectively. Neither weight has a sure-fire, set-in-stone replacement for the 2022-23 season, so Rogers could fill a need, as well.
Rogers' commitment marks the second time in as many years that the Michigan staff has been able to reel in a top-ten talent from the Pacific Northwest. The Class of 2021 was headlined by #8 overall Chance Lamer (Crescent Valley, OR).