Michigan State Wrestling Signs Three for 2018-19
Malczewski, Omania and Jimenez commit to MSU.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling head coach Roger Chandler announced Thursday that the team will welcome three newcomers in the early signing period. Layne Malczewski (Macomb, Mich./Dakota HS), Peyton Omania (Concord, Calif./De la Salle HS) and Nate Jimenez (Elburn, Ill./Marmion Academy) will join the 2018-19 wrestling squad.
171 pounds | 6-1 | Macomb, Mich. | Dakota
PREP: Coached by Ed Skowneski at Dakota ... Ranked No. 20 in the nation by InterMat high school rankings ... compiled a 169-23 record in three seasons ... three-time All-State, All-Mac and All-County selection ... member of the County Dream team ... finished fourth at State in his junior year ... came third at State in his freshman and sophomore year ... competed in the Virginia Beach National Duals, the Grappler Fall Classic, Super 32 Challenge, Cadet Freestyle and Greco National Duals.
PERSONAL: Son of Matt and Jill Malczewski ... father played baseball at Ferris State ... cousin, Connor, played football at Colorado ... cousin, Frank, wrestled at Central Michigan ... uncle ran track at Ferris State ... lists his idol as Anthony Robles because was able to overcome obstacles to win a National Championship.
Coach Chandler on Malczewski: "We've known Layne for quite some time. His head coach is a former Spartan wrestling alumni, Eddie Skowneski. We were exposed to him early on and have tracked him for a few years. He hasn't wrestled at any national competitions until this year and he's had some pretty big time success, which is what we expected. He's the ultimate competitor. He brings a unique style, and he's going to be hard to deal with for a lot of people at the college level. I look forward to watching him evolve as a college wrestler."
149 pounds | 5-5 | Concord, Calif. | De la Salle
PREP: Coached by Mark Halvorson at De la Salle ... three-time league champion, two-time section champion and two-time placer at State ... Fargo runner-up All-American in 2015 and runner-up in 2017 ... member of the 2016 Cadet World team.
PERSONAL: Son of Jason and Rachel Omania ... biggest wrestling influence is Lucas Sheridan, a De la Salle and Indiana wrestling alum ... lists his idol as his grandfather because of how hard he works ... is undecided in his intended major at MSU.
Coach Chandler on Omania: "Peyton is a very dynamic, explosive wrestler, who I think will be very fun to watch. He's been on a couple Greco-Roman world teams, age level world teams, so he has international experience and success. Having that experience is something that we look forward to adding to the program."
170 pounds | 5-11 | Elburn, Ill. | Marmion Academy
PREP: Coached by Dan Reynolds at Marmion Academy ... Ranked No. 18 by InterMat ... collected a 109-23 record in three seasons ... three-time All-Conference selection ... two-time All-District and All-State selection ... earned Impact Award in 2016 ... named team MVP in 2017 ... 2017 Fargo Freestyle All-American as a member of Team Illinois ... led Marmion to the Elite Eight twice and the State runner-up once.
PERSONAL: Son of Walter and Sandra Jimenez ... brother, Nico, wrestled at Illinois ... brother, Johnny, currently wrestles at Wisconsin ... sister, Lauren, played soccer at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Northwood ... plans to major in food industry management at MSU ... has career ambitions to work in the food industry and ultimately own his own business ... involved in Junior ROTC, Spanish club and Life Group at Marmion.
Coach Chandler On Jimenez: "Nate comes from a family exposed to Big Ten wrestling. His two brothers wrestle at Illinois and Wisconsin. The thing I like about Nate is that he has steadily had success at the national level throughout his career, but at the same time I think he understands what it takes to be successful at the Big Ten level through his relationship with his brothers."