Dutton Joins Wolverine Program as Transfer
July 27, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan wrestling head coach Joe McFarland announced today (Friday, July 27) the addition of transfer Stephen Dutton (Miller Place, N.Y./Rocky Point HS) to the Wolverine program. Dutton, a two-time NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds at Lehigh University, will be a junior in 2012-13 and will be immediately eligible to compete for the Wolverines.
"We're very excited to have Stephen joining us at Michigan," said McFarland. "He comes in with great experience at the highest level of collegiate competition and has proven himself against some of the country's best. I expect him to have a big impact in our program and contribute to an extremely competitive training environment. He is going to make a great addition, and we're looking forward to having him."
A two-time NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds, Dutton reached the Round of 12 at the 2011 tournament to fall just one match shy of All-America honors. He twice placed among the top four at the EIWA Championships, claiming fourth place as a freshman (2011) and third as a sophomore (2012).
Dutton was ranked among the nation's top 141-pound wrestlers throughout 2011-12, entering the season listed as high as No. 6 before missing most of the first semester with injury. He posted a 42-21 record through two seasons at Lehigh, including a 23-14 mark as a true freshman.
A native of Miller Place, N.Y., Dutton was a two-time New York state champion, winning at 140 pounds (2010) and 135 pounds (2009), after taking runner-up honors as a freshman (2007) and third place as a sophomore (2008). He registered a 227-12 over a six-year prep career, including a perfect 95-0 record in his final two seasons, to establish a new Long Island record for career wins. Dutton was also a runner-up at the prestigious Super 32 and NHSCA Junior Nationals tournaments.