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Top 50 Countdown - #44-43

By MI Grappler, 03/19/20, 12:45PM EDT


44. Mike Amine

Amine won a state title for Warren Lincoln in 1984 before heading of to the University of Michigan for his collegiate career.  There he would qualify for the NCAA tournament three times and was an NCAA finalist in 1988 at 167 lbs.

The '88 finals run saw him enter the tournament unseeded before knocking off the #4, #8, and #12 seeds en route to the championship bout.  He scored a 0:35 fall in the semis, which is the second fastest fall ever by a Wolverine at the NCAA's.  He was nearly on the podium in his other two trips as well, falling in the bloodround both times.

43. Justin Zeerip

A 4x state champ for Hesperia, Zeerip racked up numbers that likely will never be touched again in Michigan.  He compiled a career record of 260-0 with 203 falls, still holding national records for consecutive wins and career falls.  He was also 3rd at Senior Nationals and was named Mr. Wrestler for the state while also receiving the Dave Schultz Award.

He competed in college for Michigan, where he was a four-time NCAA Qualifier and won 100 matches for the Wolverines.  In 2012, he lost in the bloodround at NCAA's to close out his career.  Zeerip was twice named to the NWCA Academic-Team and was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection as well.

Unintentionally, he may have had the biggest impact on wrestling by being involved in a match that really caused replay to be instituted in college wrestling (video directly below).  A double OT match with OSU's Nick Heflin was scored incorrectly and caused a stir across the country.  The next season replay was in place and has been there ever since.