Nov. 17, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling coach Tom Minkel announced today the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Sean McMurray (Portage, Ind.), Kamron Jackson (Southaven, Mich.), Nick McDiarmid (Hartland, Mich.), Nick Proctor (Neuqua Valley, Ill.), John Rizqallah (Allegan, Mich.), and Nick Humes (Stevensville-Lakeshore, Mich.), and will all join the Spartans for the 2010-11 season.
"I really think this is an extraordinary group of young men," said Minkel. "They have had great success in high school and they are, to a man, a great fit here. I'm looking forward to having them as Spartans."
McMurray won back-to-back Indiana state championships in 2007 and 2008 at 152 pounds for coach Pat Wilkins at Portage High School. He was also a 2008 Cadet Freestyle All-American. He is projected to wrestle at 157 pounds for MSU.
Jackson comes to MSU after two seasons at North Idaho College where he took third place at the Junior College Nationals at 184 pounds in 2009. He was a back-to-back Michigan state high school champion in 2007 and 2008 for coach Tim Simpson at South Haven High School. Jackson is expected to wrestle at 184 pounds for MSU.
McDiarmid claimed the 2009 Michigan state high school championship at 215 pounds, wrestling at Fowlerville High School. McDiarmid, who now attends Heartland High School, also took second at the 2009 Pre-Season National High School Championships. In 2008 McDiarmid was the high school state runner-up and was also a Cadet Greco All-America selection. He is projected to compete at 197 pounds for the Green and White.
Proctor was the 2009 Illinois state runner-up at 160 pounds at Neuqua Valley High School for coach Mick Ruettiger. He was a 2009 Junior Freestyle All-American as well as a Cadet Freestyle All-American in 2008. He is projected to wrestle at 165 for the Spartans.
Rizqallah, whose brother Joe is currently wrestles for MSU, was the 2009 Michigan state runner-up at 171 pounds. He was the 2009 Pre-Season National High School Champion at 189 pounds. This past week, Rizqallah finished second at the MSU Open in 184-pound freshman/sophomore division after taking third in the event last season. Rizqallah is projected to wrestle at 184 pounds for MSU.
Humes was the 2009 Michigan state runner-up at 140 pounds for coach Bruce Bittenbender at Lakeshore High School. In 2007 and 2008 he wrestled his way to a pair of third-place finishes at the state championships. He is projected to wrestle at either 149 or 157 pounds for the Spartans.