2021 NCAA champion Shane Griffith (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
This afternoon, 2021 NCAA champion Shane Griffith announced that he would spend his final year of eligibility competing for the University of Michigan. Griffith earned NCAA All-American honors three times while at Stanford. He was fifth at the 165 lb weight class this season after finishing second in 2022. During the 2019-20 campaign, Griffith amassed a perfect 28-0 record and earned first-team All-American honors from the NWCA after receiving the third seed.
Griffith will join Michigan as a graduate transfer after receiving his Master's at Stanford. During his four years of attached competition, Griffith racked up an 87-11 record, won a 2020 Pac-12 title and made the conference finals on three other occasions.
Last year, Griffith won his second career Southern Scuffle title and finished the season with a 28-5 record. He was 10-2 in dual competition with a bonus-point rate of over 20%.
At this time, it's unclear where Griffith will fit into the Wolverine lineup as three-time NCAA All-American Cam Amine returns at Griffith's customary 165 lb weight class. In Tulsa, the two clashed and Amine was victorious 2-1 in tiebreakers. Griffith has a long frame and appears as if he could wrestle at 174 lbs.
Griffith is the fourth past All-American to join Michigan this offseason, all of which are grad transfers. That makes for an imposing lineup for Sean Bormet's squad as they return All-Americans Amine and Will Lewan (157 lbs), also.