Michigan's All-American, Max Huntley, has been granted a year of eligibility as he goes in to his 6th year of college. Huntley graduated this past year and will be attending graduate school at the Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy.
The decision comes as a bit of a surprise. All year he was listed as a 5th year senior who had battled injuries throughout his career. He finished 8th this year at 197 at the NCAA Championships to become an All-American for the first time. His Junior season started great with him ranked in the top 8, but then a torn pectoral in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Inv ended his season. The grant of a 6th year should be interesting as he is just one of the five returning All-Americans at the weight class.
In addition to the on the mat success, Max Huntley has been a team captain the last two years and is known to be a very valuable leader and teammate.
It'll be an interesting pre-season for the Wolverines. They now return five AA's, and three are yet to redshirt. Many expect Adam Coon, who took 2nd as a true sophomore, to take his redshirt year that coincides with the Olympic year. Would Michigan then redshirt their other top wrestlers to load up for the next season? It worked for Ohio State, but there is no official word yet on anybody but Huntley. 125 lb Conor Youtsey is the other AA who has already had a redshirt season so expect him to be back. The other 8 weight classes will be interesting to see fill out.