Michigan took about as much time choosing its next wrestling coach as it used to take Andre the Giant to pin one of those old wrestling jobbers.
Veteran assistant coach Sean Bormet was promoted to head coach Tuesday, less than 10 days after Joe McFarland retired after 19 years.
Bormet is the 10th coach in program history, and the fourth former Michigan wrestler to get the job.
“My commitment and passion for the University of Michigan and Michigan athletics runs very deep,” said Bormet, who was 125-21, including 33-2 as a senior, during his collegiate career — which included to All-America honors at 158 pounds. “As a former student-athlete and alumnus, I can say with great confidence this is the best place to coach and enrich the lives of student-athletes.
“Joe McFarland had an incredible impact on me as an athlete and coach and did an outstanding job over the last 19 years as head coach. I am ready to build on the success of this last season and have very high expectations for the future of Michigan wrestling.”
Bormet spent seven years as McFarland’s top assistant, the last four as associate head coach.
He’s known as an elite recruiting, helping put together six classes ranked in the top-10 nationally, including the No. 1 class in 2013.
Michigan is coming off a fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships, and has made the top 10 each of the last three years.
“I am delighted that Sean will lead our wrestling program following his tremendous contributions both as an associate head coach and as a former U-M student-athlete,” athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “Following a thoughtful search, it was plainly obvious that the best candidate was already here at UM. I was greatly impressed by Sean’s approach throughout the interview process and with his plan to further elevate our program.
“Sean’s accolades and abilities are widely known throughout the collegiate and international wrestling communities and reach far beyond his numerous coaching awards. Michigan wrestling could not have a better coach to lead us into the future.”
Bormet is a native of Frankfort, Ill., and earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Michigan in 1994. He’s married with a daughter, and lives in Ann Arbor.
Michigan will be the No. 2 seed and Central Michigan the No. 6 seed in the NCAA gymnastics regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 7.
For the Wolverines, it’ll be their 28th total NCAA appearance, including the last 27 consecutive years under coach Bev Plocki. For the Chippewas, it’ll be their 15th overall appearance, and 10th consecutive.
Alabama (No. 1), Georgia (3), Missouri (4) and Illinois (5) also are at that regional.
The top two teams at each of the six, six-team regionals will advance to the NCAA championships, set for April 20-21 in St. Louis.
The state also has several individuals qualify for the Columbus, Ohio, regional, including two from Michigan State (Lea Mitchell and Hailee Westney), three from Eastern Michigan (Emili Dobronics, Kendall Valentin and Lacey Rubin), and two from Western Michigan (Morgan Spence and Rachael Underwood).
Oakland senior right-hander Jake Lee tossed a historic game Sunday, striking out a program-record 14 in a 2-1 victory on the road at UIC. He allowed one unearned run, and at one point retired 13 consecutive batters.
The outing earned the Milford native double-recognition: He was one of Collegiate Baseball’s national players of the week, and he was the Horizon League pitcher of the week.
The previous record for strikeouts by an Oakland pitcher was 13, set by Chris Van Dyke in 2013.
Lee’s game has been the highlight of a rough season for the Golden Grizzlies, who are 4-17 heading into Thursday’s home opener.
THIS AND THAT
What a week for this kid, eh? Before making the Frozen Four, Michigan junior Cooper Marody actually was traded. A Brighton native, the forward was the Big Ten’s scoring champion this season. The Flyers drafted him in the sixth round in 2015, but sent him to the Oilers for a 2019 third-round pick.
... Wayne State red-shirt senior Ziad Elsissy finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA fencing championships over the weekend at Penn State. He also was runner-up last season, falling to Harvard’s Eli Dershwitz in the final both times. Elsissy, of Egypt, finishes his career as a three-time All-American.
... The Michigan State women’s golf team posted a 54-hole program record at the Clemson Invitational over the weekend. The Spartans, paced by Brighton sophomore Allyson Geer’s 9-under-par 207 (tied for a program record), shot a collective 844, to finish runner-up.