Michigan State Wrestling Adds Four
Spartans Add Brendan Black, Cameron Caffey, Austen Malczewski and Warren Stanfield III
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State wrestling head coach Roger Chandler has announced that four student-athletes will be joining the team for the 2017-18 season.
Joining the Spartans will be Brendan Black (Hobart, Indiana/Hobart High School), Cameron Caffey (Carbondale, Illinois/Carbondale Community High School), Austen Malczewski (Romeo, Michigan/Romeo High School) and Warren Stanfield III (Walled Lake, Michigan/Walled Lake Central High School).
"They bring a national level of success to our program because they've not just competed on a national level but have been successful on that national stage, and that's what we're trying to promote within our program is that we want to be successful at the national level. These guys have gone out of their way to compete in national competitions across the country to further develop and better themselves. I think they're great additions to the culture that we're trying to create within our program," Chandler said.
Here's a closer look at the incoming Spartan wrestling student-athletes:
Brendan Black (Hobart, Indiana/Hobart High School)
Projected to wrestle at 141 pounds for the Spartans ... A four-year letterwinner at Hobart High School for head coach Alex Ramos ... Is a three-time team captain ... Posted a 125-12 record in his four years for the Brickies, winning the Indiana state title at 138 pounds after a 30-1 record ... Was a four-time all-state selection, as well as three-time all-conference honoree ... Improved from eighth place at state as a freshman to third as a junior to winning the state title as a senior ... Earned AAU All-American honors as a sophomore and junior ... Earned the IHSAA Great Character award as a freshman ... Also lettered in football as a senior ... Son of Shawn and Kylee Black ... Intends on majoring in construction management at MSU with career ambitions of owning own construction company.
Chandler on Black: "Brendan Black has progressed a great deal throughout his high school career and capped off his senior season with an Indiana state championship. He has a lot of intangibles that will undoubtedly give him success at the next level."
Cameron Caffey (Carbondale, Illinois/Carbondale Community High School)
Projected to wrestle at 184 pounds for the Spartans ... A four-time letterwinner at Carbondale Community High School for head coach Dennis Ragan ... A two-time team captain ... Capped a perfect 41-0 season by winning the Illinois Class 2A title at 182 pounds for his third all-state finish, placing fourth as a junior and fifth as a sophomore, as part of a four-time state qualifier, finishing his career with an overall record of 156-25, the second-most wins in school history ... Broke the school record for pins with 35, including 21 in a row, as well as the school takedown record with 205 ... Was also a four-time first-team all-conference selection ... Named the 2016-17 Southern Illinoisan Wrestler of the Year ... Was a Greco Roman All-American and Illinois Junior Greco state champion ... A member of the CCHS National Honors Society ... Also a two-time pumpkin chunking state champion ... Son of Ronald and Crystal Caffey ... Intends on majoring in computer engineering at Michigan State.
Chandler on Caffey: "Cameron Caffey is a big time kid who's athletic talent is through the roof. He has competed all over the country, so he is a seasoned wrestler who I think will make the transition to college wrestling seamlessly and have a big impact on our program. He is also an honors student and has already been accepted into the Honors College here at Michigan State, further enhancing that not only is he a great athlete, but he is a student that holds his academics in high regard."
Austen Malczewski (Romeo, Michigan/Romeo High School)
Projected to wrestle at 165 or 174 pounds for the Spartans ... A three-year letterwinner at Romeo High School for head coach James Cali ... A two-time team captain ... Posted a 132-28 career record, capped by a 52-5 record as a senior, finishing third at state at 171 pounds after winning the district and regional championships ... Was a two-time state qualifier, a three-time regional qualifier and a three-time district finalist, despite not wrestling as a freshman ... Earned first-team all-county honors ... Also a three-time letterwinner in football, earning all-county accolades as both a quarterback and nose guard ... Named the team MVP as a junior ... Helped the Bulldogs to the state title as a sophomore, along with regional title as a junior ... A member of the RHS National Honors Society and a four-year Scholar-Athlete honoree ... Earned Academic All-State honors in wrestling ... Son of Jim and Kerry Malczewski ... Both parents ran track & field at Ferris State, while his mother was also on the cross country team ... Uncle, Lee Gardner, pitched for the Florida Marlins and Tampa Rays, after playing at Central Michigan ... Uncle, Frank Malczewski, wrestled at Central Michigan ... Another uncle, Matt Malczewski, played baseball at Central Michigan and Ferris State ... Aunt, Leslie Gardner, ran track & field and cross country at Central Michigan ... Intends on majoring in finance at MSU with career ambitions of being a financial advisor.
Chandler on Malczewski: "Austen Malczewski is an all-state wrestler who brings depth to our program at 165 or 174. He has an opportunity to continue to grow and make his mark at Michigan State."
Warren Stanfield III (Walled Lake, Michigan/Walled Lake Central High School)
Projected to wrestle at 133 pounds for the Spartans ... A four-year letterwinner, wrestling his senior season at Walled Lake Central High School for head coach Al Freeman ... Wrestled at North Farmington High School as a freshman through junior seasons before transferring to Walled Lake ... A two-time all-state selection, posting a 51-2 record as a senior, finishing third at the Division 1 MHSAA finals at 130 pounds as a senior after a fourth-place finish as a junior ... Was a four-time regional qualifier, including the first North Farmington freshman to qualify in 11 years ... Was a two-time district champion ... A four-time All-Oakland County honoree, winning county titles as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... Posted the most pins in Walled Lake Central wrestling history ... Earned Oakland County Most Valuable Wrestler award as a junior ... Played football for three seasons at North Farmington High School and one season at Walled Lake Central High School, earning three letters ... Also played lacrosse ... Was a two-time Academic All-State honoree ... Son of Warren Stanfield, Jr. and Maria Stanfield ... Mother ran track & field at Western Michigan ... Intends on majoring in political science at MSU with career ambitions of being a community and public service worker, representing and giving a voice to the disenfranchised, helping them with programs and resources.
Chandler on Stanfield: "Warren Stanfield is driven to be successful and is excited to wear the Green & White. He is a gifted wrestler with a lot of athleticism. He is just beginning to scratch the surface of his capabilities and I look forward to watching him grow as a Spartan."
Michigan State loses only three seniors from Chandler's first season at the helm of the MSU program. The Spartans' 10th-place finish at the Big Ten Championships was their highest since also placing 10th at the 2012 Championships. MSU's 38.5 points nearly matches its point total of the last three years combined of 44.5 after 10.5 points in 2016, 12.5 points in 2015 and 21.5 points in 2014.The 38.5 points is also the Spartans' highest point total since 41.5 in 2012, showing the signs of the program's progress in the first year under Chandler.