EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State wrestling head coach Roger Chandler has announced that Rayvon Foley will be joining MSU for the 2017-18 season.
Foley is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he wrestled for Pioneer High School.
He becomes the 10th member of the Spartans’ incoming class, joining Nathan Atienza (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Franklin High School), Chase Beard (Allegan, Mich./Allegan High School), Brendan Black (Hobart, Indiana/Hobart High School), Cameron Caffey (Carbondale, Illinois/Carbondale Community High School), Jaden Enriquez (Tulare, Calif./Mission Oak High School), Austen Malczewski (Romeo, Michigan/Romeo High School), Cole Nye (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt High School), Warren Stanfield III (Walled Lake, Michigan/Walled Lake Central High School) and Brad Wilton (Mason, Mich./Mason High School).
Rayvon Foley (Ann Arbor, Michigan/Pioneer High School)
Projected to wrestle at 125 pounds for the Spartans ... Won the MHSAA 119 Division I state championship, capturing Pioneer High School’s first state title since 1981 ... Was a two-time state finalist, finishing as runner-up at 103 pounds in 2016 ... Posted a 54-3 record as a senior, earning Ann Arbor News Wrestler of the Year for the second-straight season ... Entered the state tournament as the No. 3 seed and knocked off the top two seeds on the way to the title, including upsetting the two-time state champion ... Was a two-time USA Wrestling Fargo Freestyle National Finalist and a four-time USA Wrestling Fargo All-American, earning three in freestyle and one in Greco Roman ... Also a two-time Grappler Fall Classic Champion ... Chose Michigan State because of the great fit for him to achieve his goals both academically and athletically ... Plans to major in political science with career ambitions of having an impact on his community to be able to give back in a positive way.
Chandler on Foley: “Rayvon Foley is a very dynamic young man who will bring heart and passion into our program. He is well grounded on what he wants for himself in the future. His drive to have an impact on the lives of others and achieve his goals of becoming a national champion is what makes him special.”
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.