Michigan Wolverines news: Hockey advances, recruiting visits set in football, and more

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The Michigan Wolverines advanced in the Big Ten hockey tournament, with recruiting visits set for Michigan football, and more in our latest news roundup. 

The Big Ten hockey tournament opened this weekend and the Michigan Wolverines made quick work of Wisconsin with a 2-0 sweep to advance to the semifinals.

Michigan hockey needed overtime to beat Wisconsin on Friday, but on Saturday, it took no such effort as Adam Fantilli had a four-point night, including a hat trick, in a 7-4 win for the Michigan Wolverines over Wisconsin.

Rutger McGroarty opened the scoring for Michigan hockey on Saturday night. He scored a key goal on Friday too. Then, Fantilli found the back of the net twice in the first and once in the second to give the Wolverines a 4-1 lead.

Wisconsin did beat goalie Erik Portillo three times in the second period to tie the score at 4-4, but Michigan hockey got goals from Nolan Moyle, T.J Hughes, and Mackie Samoskevich in the third to wrap up the 7-4 win.

The fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines will host the highest-remaining seed next weekend in the Big Ten semifinals, which is also a best-of-three series.

Michigan football recruiting news

The recruiting dead period just got over with and a bunch of Michigan football targets will be taking trips to campus. One of them is Aaron Chiles, a top target at linebacker for the Wolverines in the 2024 class.

New linebackers coach Chris Partridge has been working hard in this recruitment and according to EJ Holland of The Wolverine, Chiles will visit Michigan football next Friday.


Chiles is out of Washington, D.C., and is ranked 88th overall in the 2024 class via the 247 sports composite rankings. The Wolverines are in a good spot and this visit is another good sign.

Another four-star prospect in the 2024 class, Walter Matthews will also be taking a visit to Michigan football in the spring according to Brice Marich of The Michigan Insider.

Matthews is out of Georgia. He’s 6-foot-7, 245 pounds, and is ranked as the No. 7 tight end in the 2024 recruiting class according to the 247 sports composite rankings.

Michigan football is the crystal ball leader when it comes to four-star wide receiver I’Marion Stewart. He’s out of Illinois, is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and has already received two crystal balls for the Wolverines. He’s visiting again this month via Marich.

Michigan has done really well in the state of Illinois in recent recruiting cycles and it seems like the Wolverines could be closing in on a commitment. In other recruiting news, a trio of offensive linemen will also be visiting according to EJ Holland in what will be a busy month on the trail.

The trio of offensive linemen will include William Satterwhite, a four-star from the state of Ohio who is 6-foot-3, 295 pounds out of Arkon. He’s ranked 211th in the On3 Industry rankings.

More Michigan Wolverines news

The Big Ten Wrestling tournament got underway Saturday in Ann Arbor and Michigan was able to send heavyweight Mason Parris to the finals, as well as seven wrestlers total to the NCAA tournament.

Michigan is in sixth after the first day and with just one finalist, it doesn’t seem like a repeat of the 2022 Big Ten championship is likely. However, Parris can move closer to an undefeated season. The No. 1 heavyweight can also win a Big Ten championship on Sunday.

In other Michigan Wolverines action, the baseball team lost to TCU 6-0 on Friday and followed it up with a 10-6 defeat at the hands of Texas Tech. Michigan will take on 14th-ranked Louisville on Sunday to close out a seven-day road trip.

Michigan softball wrapped up its weekend with a loss to UCLA on Saturday by a score of 8-0. Michigan played five games as part of the Judi Garman Classic. U-M beat UCF 2-0 on Friday, as well as Cal-State Fullerton 2-1. U-M also beat Seattle 3-2 on Friday and dropped a 2-0 decision to 15th-ranked LSU.

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