Sergio Lemley at the 2021 Fargo Junior freestyle finals (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Over the weekend, the top-ranked 126 lber in the nation, Sergio Lemley (Mt. Carmel, IL), gave a verbal commitment to the University of Michigan. Lemley joins an already stacked recruiting Class of 2023 for the Wolverines, as he becomes the fourth top-50 recruit to commit to Sean Bormet's squad.
Lemley is a three-time state champion, with titles one and three coming in Illinois, and an Indiana state championship sandwiched in between. Over the last year, Lemley has had an excellent run at national-level events. He made the Fargo Junior freestyle national finals last July at 126 lbs, before grabbing fifth at the Super 32. Around the same time, Lemley claimed a title at the IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open. During the high school season, Lemley was third at the Walsh Ironman and won the Dvorak and the Chicago Catholic League championship.
To win his 2022 state title, Lemley posted a decisive 10-5 victory over Vincent Robinson (Homewood-Flossmoor, IL). Robinson was responsible for Lemley's only loss of the 2021-22 season, when he defeated him in the Ironman semifinals.
Currently, Lemley is the #37 overall wrestler in the Class of 2023, though I'd expect him to move up a bit in MatScouts forthcoming Big Board update. He, along with #14 Beau Mantanona (Palm Desert, CA), #28 Caden Horwath (Davison, MI), and #45 Dylan Gilcher (Detroit Central Catholic, MI), form an imposing recruiting class for Michigan.
Lemley projects as a 141 lber for the Wolverines. Provided that holds up, it would fill a huge need for Michigan. They only currently have two 141's on the roster and one of them is senior Drew Mattin. Lemley's commitment provides an infusion of talent, while also addressing a possible hole for the team in the future.
For all current recruiting information, check out InterMat's College Commitment Page .