U of M Men's Wrestling


Mark Churella, 3-three time NCAA Champion, 1977, 78, 79


All-Time Michigan Wrestling Coaches' Record, 1921-2014
Overall Big Ten
Coach Year W L T Pct. W L T Pct. CT NCAA
Clifford Thorne 1922* 4 1 0 .800
Peter Botchen 1922-1923**
Richard Barker 1923-1925 1 13 0 .071 0 12 0 .000
Cliff Keen 1925-1942
1945-1970
274 91 10 .749 199 67 6 .748 9
Ray Courtright 1942-1944 9 2 0 .818 8 2 0 .800 1
Wally Weber 1944-1945 3 1 2 .667 3 1 2 .667
Rick Bay 1970-1974 43 5 3 .873 31 2 2 .935 1
Bill Johannesen 1974-1978 43 22 0 .662 20 15 0 .571
Dale Bahr 1978-1999 221 119 6 .647 116 64 5 .644
Joe McFarland 1999-2014 174 85 6 .668 75 42 3 .637

* unofficial varsity team. Formal varsity status was granted in 1922/23.

** Wrestling was offcially raised to varsity status by the Board in Control in December 1922 (along with hockey, swimming, and golf) but due to lack of suitable practice and funds to hire a coach its debut as a varsity sport was delayed until 1923/24. Botchen, a retired professional wrestler and proprietor of the Jefferson Billiards Parlor in Ann Arbor, volunteered to coach the team. He was later hired as a wrestling instuctor in the Intramural Department and may have served as an assistant varsity coach.


Wrestling Team Photos

[Early photos ususally included only varsity letterwinners. Later photos usually included the full squad. Some scans are from half-tone pictures in the Michiganensian, others are from original negatives or prints. Photos for some years are missing.]

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Conference and NCAA Championships
Big Ten Team Championships:
1929, 1938, 1944, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1973

 

Michigan's NCAA Champions
Year Wrestler Weight Class
1930 James O. Kelly 155
1932 Carl Dougovito 158
1939 Harold Nichols 145
1940 Donald Nichols 175
1946 William Courtright 155
1953 Norvard Nalan 130
1954 Norvard Nalan 130
1963 Jack Barden 191
1966 Dave Porter HWT
1967 Jim Kamman 153
1968 Dave Porter HWT
1973 Jarrett Hubbard 150
1974 Jarrett Hubbard 150
1977 Mark Churella 150
1978 Mark Churella 150
1979 Mark Churella 167
1986 Kirk Trost HWT
2003 Ryan Bertin 157
2005 Ryan Bertin 157
2009 Steve Luke 174
2011 Kellen Russell 141
2012 Kellen Russell 141

Michigan All-Americans
Michigan has produced 176 All-Americans. Wrestling All-American status is determined by finish in the NCAA tournament.
CoachAll-Americans
Cliff Keen 69
Rick Bay 12
William Johannesen 8
Dale Bahr 43
Joe McFarland 45