With both teams being ranked in the Top 25, it should be an exciting meet at Cliff Keen. PSU will most likely be without the number 2 ranked 149 pounder in the country as Bubba Jenkins injured himself a couple weeks ago. That will definately help the Wolverines.
125: Watts (UM) vs Pataky (PSU). Pataky comes in the higher rank but both wrestlers are pretty evenly matched. If UM wins this match it's a good sign of things to come the rest of the meet. However, Pataky is tough on his feet and can scramble real well. I ll go with Pataky in a close one UM 0 PSU 3
133: Stevens (UM) vs Strayer (PSU). Strayer is a tough kid and more experienced than Stevens. Been a tough year for Stevens but keeping this match close will go a long way for the Wolverines. UM 0 PSU 7
141: Russell (UM) vs Molnaso (PSU). Russell needs to work for extra points here, he is obviously more talented. UM 4 PSU 7
149: Beaudrey (UM) vs Pisani (PSU). With Bubba Jenkins out last meet, it appears Pisani will step in. Jenkins hurt his ankle a few weeks back and would be a great blow to the Nitney Lions if he cannot go. Either way PSU still gets at least 3 here. UM 4 PSU 10
157: Hynes (UM) vs Darling (PSU). Hynes should pull out a victory here, coming off a big win against Rex Kendle of MSU last weekend. UM 7 PSU 10
165: Zeerip (UM) vs Vallimont (PSU). Zeerip is improving but Vallimont will be too much for him here. Zeerip should keep to only a regular decision UM 7 PSU 13
174: Luke (UM) vs Wright (PSU). Wright is only a freshman but has been wrestling tough all year to earn the 17th ranking in the country. However, Luke is just too good. Luke isn't a great pinner, but should be able to score a major decision here. UM 11 PSU 13
184- Biondo (UM) vs Decker (PSU). Biondo should win this match fairly easily and should be looking for bonus points. A major decision here would solidify a UM win. UM 15 PSU 13
197- Todd (UM) vs Brown (PSU). Todd needs to secure a wolverine victory by working for extra points against an inferior opponent and take the pressure off Phillips at Heavyweight. Look for at least a major to seal the victory. UM 19 PSU 13
Hvy; Phillips vs Wade (PSU). This match is a real toss up. Both wrestlers are a little small for heavyweights but Phillips is a little more athletic. I ll give it to Phillips in a close one UM 22 PSU 13
Big Wrestling Meet Tomorrow at Cliff Keen with #17 UofM against #6 Ohio State at 7 PM. On Saturday the Wolverines will square off against #24 Penn State at the same time and venue. Michigan is undefeated in the Big Ten and is coming off a blowout win against MSU. The team is really starting to click now it seems.
UofM ranked wrestlers (According to intermat)
125 Pounds: Michael Watts (SR) 17th
141 Pounds: Kellen Russell (So) 5th
174 Pounds: Steve Luke (SR) 1st
184 Pounds: Anthony Biondo (So) 13th
197 Pounds: Tyrell Todd (SR) 6th
133 Pounds: Reece Humphrey (JR) 2nd
141 Pounds: J Jaeggers (SR) 11th
149 Pounds: Lance Palmer (JR) 4th
157 Pounds: Jason Johnstone (SR) 17th
165 Pounds: Colt Sponseller (So) 2nd
184 POunds: Mike Pucillo (Jr) 2nd
125 Pounds: Brad Pataky (SO) 13th
133 Pounds: Jake Strayer (Sr) 9th
149 Pounds: Bubba Jenkins (Jr) 2nd
165 Pounds: Dan Vallimont (Jr) 20th
174 Pounds: Quentin Wright (Fr) 17th
Heres My Predictions
125- Watts (UM) vs Triggas (OSU). This is a big match for Michigan. Watts needs to try and get some extra points. Most likely a UofM win but only 3 team points (3-0 UM)
133- Stevens (UM) vs Humphrey (OSU). Humphrey is a stud and Stevens is a true freshman. Stevens needs to do the best he can to not get pinned. Stevens did an excellent job against Franklin Gomez of MSU (5th ranked)only getting majored. I ll give Stevens the benefit of the doubt (UM-3 OSU-5)
141- Russell (UM) vs Jaggers (OSU). Wow, this is gonna be a great match. Russell is a true Sophomore and made alot of noise last year, being Michigans big time recruit from Blair Academy. Russell beat Jaggers in a close match last year and will do the same this year. (UM-6 OSU-5)
149- Beaudrey (UM) vs Palmer (OSU). It's gonna be tough for Beaudry to stay off his back against Palmer. Beaudrey is new to the UM lineup and Palmer is a stud. UM-6 OSU-11
157- Hynes (UM) vs Nemac (OSU). This is a match UM has to have. Nemac is a true freshman but was one of the top recruits of the nation this year. Hynes is a senior and needs to step up. UM-9 OSU 11
165- Zeerip (UM) vs Sponseller (OSU). Zeerip is a 4 time state champ out of Michigan and had never lost a match in high school. However, he is a redshirt freshman and learning the ropes of college wrestling. Sponseller is a tested veteran. Zeerip needs to try and keep close, however it will be hard. UM-9 OSU 15
174- Luke (UM) vs Rella (OSU). This is where Michigans big boys come up. Luke is the top rated 174 for a reason, he is tough. Should be looking for a pin here. UM-15 OSU 15
184- Biondo (UM) vs Pucillo (OSU). Biondo has shown great improvement. I can't believe he used to wrestled 103 in high school! But Pucillo is very good, should be a decent match but Pucillo should pull out a close one UM 15 OSU 18
197- Todd (UM) vs Gardner (OSU). Todd is a captain and needs to work for extra points here. If he can get the pin, it would be huge. I ll give it to him here. UM 21 OSU 18
HVY- Phillips (UM) vs Morrison (OSU). The winner of the meet will be decided at hvy. Phillips is undersized for a heavyweight but is all muscle. Morrison is a little more of a true heavyweight. A Michigan loss here and they tie, a Phillips win and the team wins....I ll give it to Phillips UM 24 OSU 18. Granted I think a Tie is very possible and there is no tiebreaker in college wrestling.
OL Next Year
So what do we have? I compiled a list of players that appear to be back for next year? Who Starts?
According to Rivals
Ricky Barnum- RS Freshman (4 star)
Zak Cuillo- Junior/Soph ?
Perry Dorrenstein- Senior/Junior (3 star)
John Ferrera- Senior/Junior (3 Star at Dl)
Mark Hugye- Junior/Soph (3 Star)
Rocko Khoury- RS Freshman (3 Star)
Tim McAvoy- 5th year Sr (3 Star)
Elliot Mealer- RS Freshman (4 Star)
Dave Molk- Junior/Soph (3 Star)
Dave Moosman- 5th year Sr (4 Star)
Brent Nowicki- Sr/Jr ?
Greg Morales- RS Freshman (NR)
Patrick Omameh- RS Freshman (2 Star DE)
Dann O'Neill- RS Freshman (4 star)
Mark Ortmann- 5th year (3 Star)
Steve Schilling- Sr/Jr (5 Star)
Kert Wermers- RS Freshman (3 stars)
Kory Zirbel- 5th year Sr (4 stars)
I think we have a lot of depth with a lot of these players seeing playing time last year due to injuries and inconsistency on the line.
Schilling is a give at RT and should be all big ten
Molk appears to be solid at C
I would assume Zirbel will have a Guard spot
Some virutally unknowns with the Freshman redshirt class we had including Barnum, Oneill, and Omemmah. Could we see one of those guys starting?
Not to mention some players that are eligable for 5th year.
Recruiting for 2010
I noticed some holes at LB while skimming through our roster and wondered who we were targeting for 2010? I appears Mingo is a long shot in this years class, causing us to not bring in a true highly rated LB. The Witherspoon and Hill not qualifying/transfering looks to have hurt us in the short term.