HOUGHTON - Coach Tom Kearly announced the signing of 31 student-athletes Wednesday to National Letters of Intent to play football and attend Michigan Tech starting in fall 2013.
Tech's incoming class includes 16 offensive players and 15 defensive players. Of the 31 student-athletes, 27 are from Michigan, nine from the Upper Peninsula, including L'Anse linebacker Cody Goldsworthy and Hancock running back Ross Michaels of Chassell.
"Our staff did a really good job of finding young men that fit Michigan Tech athletically and academically," said Kearly, who begins his eighth season as the Huskies' head coach. "This was the best year we've had in the relationship of scholarship offers made to offers accepted.
Cody Goldsworthy lowers his shoulder for a collision during a 2012 game against Baraga. Goldsworthy, from L’Anse, was signed by Michigan Tech Wednesday to play on the other side of the ball at linebacker. (DMG photo by Stephen Anderson)
"I feel like we helped our whole football team. We didn't sign any specialists with our kicker and punter both returning, but we addressed every other position. Wide receiver and running back were the hardest hit areas with graduation last year, and we did well replenishing those positions for the future."
Michigan Tech posted a 7-3 record in 2012, earning a share of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division title. It was the second GLIAC championship in school history.
The current team has been conditioning and lifting weights since returning from the semester break. Spring practices for Michigan Tech will begin March 27, with the annual spring game to be played at Sherman Field on April 20.
Listed below are the nine U.P. student-athletes that will attend Michigan Tech and play football this fall. For the full list, check out michigantechhuskies.com.
Hilding Beaudoin DL 6-2 230 Kingsford, Mich.
Played at Kingsford High School Was the Mid-Peninsula Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 Named to the U.P. Dream Team and was Detroit Free Press All-State Special Mention as a senior Played both offensive and defensive line Helped the Flivvers to the second round of the 2012 state playoffs Also participated in track and field, where he was the 2012 U.P. discus champion Plans to major in mechanical engineering.
Gabe Eppert WR 6-4 220 Ishpeming, Mich.
Played at Ishpeming High School Was named to the U.P. Dream Team and Associated Press all-state honorable mention squad as a senior wide receiver in 2010 Helped the Hematites to a 2010 Michigan Division 7 State Runner-Up finish Also played basketball, where he was the U.P. Player of the Year and a Class C All-State selection in 2010-11.
David Falish WR 5-10 170 Escanaba, Mich.
Played at Escanaba High School Was the 2012 Great Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year Named All-U.P. Class ABC as a quarterback in 2012 and defensive back in 2011 Helped Eskymos to 2011 state playoff berth Also participated in baseball, basketball and wrestling Member of National Honor Society Plans to major in environmental engineering.
Cody Goldsworthy LB 6-3 215 L'Anse, Mich.
Played at L'Anse High School Was an All-U.P. Class D selection at linebacker in 2012 Earned All-Western Peninsula Athletic Conference accolades Posted 1,500 yards rushing and 180 tackles playing both ways as a senior Also participated in hockey, where he was an all-conference honorable mention, and track and field, where he earned All-U.P. honors as part of both the 400 and 800-meter relays.
Adam Francis LB 6-0 200 Negaunee, Mich.
Played at Negaunee High School Earned All-U.P. Class ABC and All-Mid-Peninsula Conference honors in 2012 as a linebacker Helped the Miners to a conference and Michigan Division 6 district title in 2012 Also participated in basketball, baseball and track Member of National Honor Society.
Josef Iwanicki OL 6-0 215 Marquette, Mich.
Played at Marquette High School Earned U.P. Dream Team honors as a senior and All-U.P. Class ABC as a junior Helped Redmen to three straight state playoff berths Also participated in wrestling, where he posted a 38-4 record in 2012-13 and won the U.P. title at the 215-pound weight class Member of National Honor Society Son of former Tech player and assistant coach Jim Iwanicki and nephew of former Tech assistant coach Kurt Huffmaster Plans to major in electrical engineering.
Eric Kostreva DB 5-9 175 Marquette, Mich.
Played at Ishpeming High School Earned Detroit Free Press Division 7 All-State honors Named the Mid-Peninsula Conference Back of the Year in 2012 Helped the Hematites to the 2012 Division 7 state title, setting the record for most tackles in the state championship game.
Ross Michaels RB 5-7 170 Chassell, Mich.
Played at Hancock High School Earned All-Western Peninsula Athletic Conference honors in 2012 as a running back Also participated in hockey and track and field Was U.P. runner-up in the pole vault and a qualifier in the 100-meter dash Is valedictorian of class Member of National Honor Society Plans to major in pre-medicine biological sciences.
Aidan Wienke DB 6-4 200 Kingsford, Mich.
Played at Kingsford High School Earned All-U.P. Class ABC honors and All-Great Northern Conference honors as an end in 2012 Also named All-GNC as a defensive back Helped Flivvers to the second round of the 2012 state playoffs Also participated in basketball, where he was a 2012 All-U.P. Class B Second Team pick, and tennis Member of National Honor Society Younger brother of current Huskies Nelson and Ian Wienke Plans to major in pre-medicine biological sciences.