Myles Amine made wrestling history in Michigan by winning a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling this summer at the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first of the program’s 99-year-olds to win a medal.
But he hasn’t finished yet.
Amine announced Thursday evening that he would return to compete one final year with the Wolverines, his seventh on the team.
In his first six years, Amine became the school’s eighth All-American quadruple in sports, after being redshirted as a real freshman, taking on an Olympic redshirt in 2019-2020, and then enjoying the free year of eligibility that all winter athletes received last season from the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last season, Amine placed third nationally at 197 pounds, his third time returning from the NCAA Championships with a bronze medal, after placing fourth as a redshirt rookie at 174 pounds.
Amine is expected to drop a weight class this winter to 184 pounds, after trying to stay as fat as possible for the Olympics, where he competed at 86kg, or around 189.6 pounds. This paves the way for the All-American Princeton transfer Pat Brucki, who placed fourth in the NCAAs in 2019 in sophomore, to take over at 197.
Amine noted in an interview with The glutton this summer that at one point he wasn’t even sure he was going to continue wrestling after the Olympic cycle ended.
Now he is not happy with his Olympic bronze.
“I would definitely say it’s among the best times,” he said. “I don’t know if I could name it the best moment, but it’s definitely in my top five. Especially just at the Olympics, it transcends wrestling at what a lot of people consider to be the pinnacle of sport.
“I knew there was the wrestling world watching, but there was also the rest of the world watching. This is obviously one of my greatest accomplishments, but I don’t want to put it on top. , I mean my best achievement is this.
“I want to stay hungry. I think I still have a lot more in me, so I want to strive to do more.”
Amine does not intend to continue the story by simply becoming the first-ever All-American on the program five times, which many will not have the opportunity to accomplish … he wants to win the 23rd individual championship of the NCAA team.
And next year’s sports grand finale tournament, Michigan’s 100th in the sport, will be held in Amine’s hometown of Detroit. It’s almost as if the planets are lining up too perfectly for Amine not to come back one more season in corn and blue, and build on his outstanding performance in Tokyo.
“It’s an incredible honor for me. We’re a program with a rich tradition, and we’ve had a lot of international success in the past,” he said on becoming Michigan’s first Olympic freestyle medalist.
“… It’s pretty cool being one of the greats in Michigan. To write my name in the history books, that’s why I keep striving to be the best I can be and work so hard. , for times like this.
“[The goal is to] just keep writing my name in the history books. “
One more year in Michigan will give Amine plenty of opportunities to do so.
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