Elizabeth Forward’s Ryan Michaels, 2-time WPIAL wrestling champ, reopens recruitment

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Friday, April 3, 2020 | 4:30 PM


Two-time WPIAL champion Ryan Michaels of Elizabeth Forward has reopened his college recruitment.

Michaels, who went 45-3 and reached the PIAA finals at 120 pounds as a senior, announced via Twitter he has decommitted from Campbell University.

When Michaels announced his commitment to Campbell in January, he cited the school’s coaching staff as a primary reason for his decision. Last month, coach Cary Kolat left Campbell to take over the program at Navy.

During his initial recruiting process, Michaels listed Pitt and George Mason as finalists. He had a 123-11 career record at Elizabeth Forward.

Jonathan Bombulie is the TribLive assistant sports editor. A Greensburg native, he was a hockey reporter for two decades, covering the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for 17 seasons before joining the Trib in 2015 and covering the Penguins for four seasons, including Stanley Cup championships in 2016-17. He can be reached at jbombulie@triblive.com.

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