Michigan Wolverines news: A rare achievement, Mason Parris named ‘most dominant’ wrestler and more

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The Michigan Wolverines have done something in the four major men’s sports that no other program has done in recent years, plus much more.

When it comes to reaching the Final Four in the four major men’s sports in the NCAA, the Michigan Wolverines are the only program to have reached them all in the last decade.

With the win by the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA Hockey tournament on Sunday over Penn State in the Allentown Regional Final, it sent U-M to the Frozen Four for the second straight season.

Michigan football has also made the final four of college football in each of the past two seasons, while the Michigan basketball team made the Final Four in 2013 and 2018, while Michigan reached the final four in college baseball too back in 2019.

It’s a pretty cool achievement and one that no other school besides Michigan has achieved in the past decade.

If the Michigan Wolverines win their national semifinal game on April 6, they will have a shot to win their first national championship on the ice since 1998. It’s also worth pointing out that while Michigan has made the semifinals in all four sports, the last national title in any was in 1998.

Michigan basketball hasn’t won it all since 1989. Michigan football last won a national title in 1997 and the baseball team has never won it all. Still, it’s been a hell of a run for the Michigan Wolverines over the past decade, especially when it comes to men’s sports.

Mason Parris named the most dominant wrestler in the country

Speaking of national championships, Mason Parris of the Michigan Wolverines recently won one of those at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, winning a national championship in the heavyweight division after a perfect 33-0 season.

On Monday, the stellar season of Parris was recognized as he won the Dan Hodge Trophy, which goes to the “most-dominant wrestler” in the country. Parris notched 21 bonus-point victories and had 11 wins by fall this season for Michigan wrestling.

Beyond that, he averaged 9.7 points per match and earned his place as a four-time All-American. Parris finished his Michigan Wolverines career with a 124-18 record, ranking 15th in school history as far as total wins on the mat.

Michigan basketball transfer target chooses another school

Over the weekend, we looked at some of the transfer portal options that make sense for Michigan basketball and one promptly came off the board on Monday as former Colorado State guard John Tonje has committed to Missouri.

Tonje woud have been a great fit for the Wolverines, especially if Kobe Bufkin winds up leaving for the NBA draft. But, the SEC school was able to nab him and now it will be back to the drawing board for the Wolverines who also have to figure out who’s coming back and who’s going.

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