Leslie senior Zehlin Storr, who finished unbeaten at 59-0 and won a Division 3 state title at 135 pounds in February, signed his National Letter of Intent on Monday to wrestle for the University of Michigan.
“I’ve had state champions before, but he’s probably the hardest worker I’ve ever coached,” said 24th-year Leslie coach Todd Stern. “This kid lives and breathes wrestling, 24 hours a day. If you had a practice that was 7-8 hours, he’d give to you at the end of practice what he gives at the beginning.”
Storr has compiled a career record of 159-12 and may well earn more than 200 wins before completing his high school career with the Blackhawks in a few months.
He finished 50-4 and as a state runner-up in Division 3 as a sophomore while losing just a 5-4 decision in the state championship match. He also went 50-8 and took third place as a freshman in Division 4 at 130 pounds.
“Obviously he’s a good student. He has a 3.98 GPA (grade point average),” Stern said. “He’s going to be good for them. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a national placer down the road.”
Storr made his decision in consultation with his family and coaches, which include longtime Leslie assistant George Manson.
“It was the best opportunity because the location is close for my family, and they have the best wrestling coaches and partners to put me on the right path to be the best student-athlete I can be,” Storr said. “I’m really excited to wrestle hard this season, and get working toward my goal of becoming a national champion while working hard academically.”