to play football, not to play trumpet
Pennsylvania linebacker Noah Spence (6'4", 245 lbs) is lucky enough to come from an excellent family and to have his father help him through his recruitment. Having someone like his father take on most of the work has helped allow Spence to enjoy the process. "Noah is still getting offers on a weekly basis, almost daily," his father said. "He feels it's best to keep an open mind and talk with all the folks. Hopefully we'll see some spring practices, but he's just kind of feeling his way through now."
With offers from almost everywhere it's going to be difficult to narrow down his list without actually seeing the campus in person. The Spence family is looking forward to seeing some new places, and they have a plan for how to attack them for the spring. "In terms of visits this spring I think he was talking about going to places that are reasonably close," said his father. "Penn State for one of the practices, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and possibly Virginia. Basically places that are within a five to six hour drive."
School and athletics take up much of Noah's time, which is why they don't want to travel too far until school lets out. Once the summer hits they plan on expanding out to places like Michigan and Notre Dame. "I'm pretty good friends with a very good guy, Jesse Rawls, who used to wrestle [at Michigan]. He's been talking up Michigan, and he said Ann Arbor is only about seven hours away," he said. "I know it has the biggest stadium and it seems like a beautiful campus. We definitely want to get out to Michigan."
The elder Spence understands that the new Michigan staff hasn't had much time to settle in, and is impressed that it hasn't stopped them from recruiting his son. "The coaches sound very enthusiastic. It's much appreciated and I know that Noah wants to find out more about Michigan. They have picked up the pace with recruiting Noah, and it was good to see because we're very fond of Michigan," said Mr. Spence. "It was a nice balance of athletics and academics. You can't really go wrong athletically at Michigan and the academics speak for itself."
Based on the communication between the coaches and Noah they see him at the outside linebacker spot, and as a key piece of their system. "He's been called a natural pass rusher by a few coaches. He's fond of pursuing the ball, and Michigan wants a fast explosive defense that gets after the quarterback," he said. The aggressive style of defense seems to fit what Noah is used to, and Greg Mattison's past defensive styles have shown the Spence's what to expect. "The Ravens and Florida are both aggressive defenses. That has an impact on us and it seems to align with Noah very well," said Mr. Spence.
Players at Spence's high school, Bishop McDevitt, aren't allowed to graduate early so the plan is to take his time with his recruitment and find the best fit. "I think Noah wants to get all the information he can, get a feel for the coaches, and visit campuses," he said. "I don't see [a decision] coming in the near future, maybe if something blows his mind and he says this is it. From what I gather though, he wants to take his time with it."
This past weekend saw a few visitors on campus including LB Vince Biegel, DT Sheldon Day, and TE Devin Funchess. Visit reactions were minimal as they usually are this early in the process. This was the start of many, many visit weekends for Michigan though, so here's a look at some reactions, future visits, and other notes.
6'3", 210 lbs.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Biegel and his father got a chance to take in Ann Arbor for the first time this weekend and it made a impression on the two.
We got there Friday, got to see the facilities and meet Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison. It was a good visit. We went over schemes with Coach Mattison, and he was showing us Ravens film. He showed me where I would fit in and where he thought I could play at linebacker.
Vince has a top three of Wisconsin, Michigan, and BYU. This visit helped Michigan's case... to a certain extent.
Wisconsin is probably still ahead of Michigan, but I will say that Michigan is definitely in my top three. I really liked Michigan and one thing that stood out was Coach Hoke. He's just a really good guy and a down to earth guy. I'm not really a big facility guy either but I was pretty impressed with Michigan's facilities.
He and his father both said they enjoyed the visit and had fun catching up with Coach Mattison, who recruited the elder Biegel out of high school as well. Vince's plan now is to visit BYU and take in a few spring practices. He said he will likely make it to a Michigan practice and then make his decision. I do think it will be hard to take over Wisconsin's spot at the top.
6'1", 182 lbs
The Michigan legacy was on campus on Thursday hoping to get an offer, but unfortunately came away empty handed. Gant wasn't offered but the coaches did tell him how they feel.
We basically talked about coming back up there for a junior day, so I'll be back up there on [March] 26th. I'm most likely going to their camp too. They were just telling me that they're really interested and that they see me playing at safety for them.
Gant took in the visit with his father, Tony, who played under Bo Schembechler in 1982.
[My dad] enjoyed himself and he thinks Michigan will be back the way it used to be. We got to talk to Coach Mallory, Mattison, and Hoke about everything. I feel a lot more comfortable now that I got to sit down and talk with all of them.
The Wolverines are making ground with Gant but still want to see him perform in person before extending the offer. He'll likely have to wait until his camp performance to hear anything new.
6'3", 290 lbs
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Boehm received an offer from Michigan this past week, which was followed shortly by offers from Auburn and Stanford. The offensive lineman-slash-wrestler was excited about all the new attention.
I just won a state wrestling championship and I was offered by Michigan, Auburn, and Stanford on Sunday so things are going well. I definitely want to get up to Ann Arbor for a visit, I've heard it's beautiful. I just need to talk to my dad about when we can take it.
Boehm's dad also happens to be his football coach which is probably the cause of some of Evan's success. No timeline or top list has been set yet and Boehm plans on taking some time to make his decision.
March 19th Visitors:
Here's the names that I have confirmed so far that will be in Ann Arbor this coming weekend.
Ohio OL Kyle Dodson (6'6", 315 lbs): Michigan is making up lots of ground with Dodson. He says that the history and the coaches have him excited.
Mass LB Camren Williams (6'2", 215 lbs): Making his decision in June so this visit will be big for Michigan.
Mass ATH Armani Reeves (5'11", 185 lbs): Teammate of Camren Williams, very excited about the visit.
Michigan LB Royce Jenkins-Stone (6'2", 215 lbs): This is good for Michigan to get Royce back on campus. He's seen his recruitment take off offer-wise and Michigan needs to solidify their position.
Ohio DE Pharaoh Brown (6'6", 220 lbs): It will be good to get Brown on campus this early. He could end up being a key prospect down the road.
Maybe Ohio TE AJ Williams (6'6", 260 lbs): Williams was trying to make it in this past weekend but couldn't. He's now trying to reschedule for the 19th, but doesn't have anything set in stone yet.
- Illinois OL Dan Voltz will be making his final decision tomorrow [Tuesday]. Since he didn't end up visiting, I'm sure you can draw your own conclusion from there.
[EDIT: updated with Sunday's results]
Here’s a recap of Saturday’s significant action:
- This was on Friday, not Saturday, but still: David Wohlberg was sandwiched hard by two BG players as he reached for the puck, and Red Berenson said that he’s probably done for the season. Ugh. However, we could have Louie Caporusso back next weekend, so we’ve got that going for us. Which is nice.
Denver completed its sweep of MSU (NTMSU), knocking the
Screaming EaglesMavericks out of the ranks of the TUC, and obliterating Denver’s TUC record as a result. If you have a problem with how this works, by the way, check out everyone quoting the basketball team’s record against the RPI top 50, which went from something like 1-9 to 6-10 this weekend, thanks to MSU and Penn State. Anyway, this makes it impossible for Denver to pass Michigan now without Michigan losing.
- Notre Dame lost to Lake Superior. You want this to happen again today, which would set up a Michigan-LSSU semifinal. Should Notre Dame win, Michigan would play the winner of the Western-Ferris series, currently tied 1-1. Either way, it’s really hard for Notre Dame to pass us now, even if they beat us at the Joe, because our RPI will be much better.
- Miami swept Alaska, and is now tied with Michigan in the Pairwise. In fact, if both teams reach the finals, Miami will probably be ahead of Michigan in the Pairwise going into that game. However, it looks like Michigan would have to lose, either to Miami or to someone else, for Miami to pass Michigan, so the closeness of this comparison is a little irrelevant, since at least one of the two teams will definitely lose. The most important thing to say is that you are rooting really really hard for Miami to lose.
- Merrimack completed its sweep of the same Maine team that embarrassed them just two weeks ago. This gives Merrimack a lead in their comparison against us. However, they will play either BC or New Hampshire in the Hockey East semis. If Merrimack wins out, they win the comparison. If they play New Hampshire in either the semis or finals, and UNH beats them, we will win the comparison even with one loss at the Joe, because the Common Opponents record would be tied, and we would win RPI. If Merrimack loses to BC in the semis, we will win the comparison with higher RPI and tied TUC record, even with one loss at the Joe. If Merrimack loses to BC in the finals, we win the comparison if we win out.
- Bemidji State completed its sweep of UNO, so the Mavericks are done, and we will own our comparison against them. Yay! By the way, Bemidji has 14 wins in 36 games this year. They are 5-0-1 against a UNO team that went 21-10-1 against everyone else. Weird.
- Union lost to Colgate. This wiped out their RPI advantage over us to the point where we are basically tied, and means they have to beat Colgate tomorrow to stay alive in the ECAC tournament. The good news is that Union played Bemidji State earlier in the season and lost. Bemidji is now a TUC, and should stay that way even if they lose their next game in the WCHA tournament. This slight wound to Union’s TUC record means that if both teams win out, Michigan would win the comparison.
- Union lost to Colgate, so they are done. They can only pass us if we lose both games at the Joe, at which point it doesn't really matter that they passed us.
- Yale won their quarterfinal, but the Union loss makes that irrelevant.
- Notre Dame defeated Lake Superior, and Western defeated Ferris. So the CCHA matchups are Michigan-WMU and Notre Dame-Miami.
- Northeastern defeated BU, so Merrimack plays UNH in one Hockey East semifinal, and BC plays Northeastern.
- If Michigan wins its two games at the Joe, they will likely get a #1 seed. Apart from the top 3, only Merrimack would be able to win a comparison against us. Even then, they might lose a comparison to someone else, and then we’d get the top seed with our better RPI. Should Michigan and Merrimack win out and Merrimack get the last #1 seed, it will be in St. Louis, and we’d probably be the #2 seed there, and I’m fine with that. A better way to look at this is: win out and you go to St. Louis, which is far more preferable than all the other regions.
- The most important teams to root against are now Miami and Merrimack. Unleash all of your psychic rage and voodoo magic upon them.
- A loss at any point for Michigan almost certainly means a #2 seed, and brings in the possibility that we’d get sent to the east coast to face UNH and BC in Manchester, or be in Yale’s regional in Bridgeport. If we had to lose, the best loss would be to ND in the finals.
By the way, I think it’s about time we got to host our own regional again. The Northeast regional is always within an hour drive of Boston. Yale is hosting this year and next. The Frozen Four is in Minneapolis-St. Paul this year, and they host a regional next year. Green Bay hosts this year and next, if Wisconsin could every get there. And that means that there are regionals in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, which is stupid. Why is Michigan punished for having better fans than everyone else? If you don’t want it in Yost, I understand (although I think it's time we stopped having to pay for the 1998 championship), but can we at least have a Detroit regional? /rant
Edit: I get that the regional-hosting decision, at least the decision to even bid, is based on money, which is why the Joe doesn't host. There are some sites that haven't hosted, though, that I'm surprised haven't bid (or haven't won a bid). I think Toledo would be a good regional site, as well as Cleveland. Actually, with Dan Gilbert being a MSU guy, maybe someone could prevail upon him to bring a regional, or even the Frozen Four, to Cleveland, so that 1) I can go, and 2) he can bring in a bunch of outside people to rent his arena and go to his hopefully-soon-to-open casino. Half of the CCHA is within a very reasonable drive of Cleveland, as are a couple others (Mercyhurst, Robert Morris, Niagara, Penn State). While it is the Worst State Ever, it's a lot closer than St. Louis.
And now, on to the Joe. Go Blue!
Kaiwan Lewis (6'2", 230 lbs) is a linebacker prospect out of St. Joseph High School in New Jersey and has started to pick up momentum with his recruitment. With big time offers from all over the country including Arkansas, Cal, LSU, Miami, and South Carolina among others, Lewis is starting to hear more from the Michigan coaches. Here's a look at his film and what he's hearing from the Wolverines.
TOM: Have you heard anything new from the Michigan coaches recently?
KAIWAN: Yes, they really like me. They said they just have to get the head coach to view my film and I may be getting an offer.
TOM: What coach from Michigan has been recruiting you, and is Michigan a school that you want to learn more about?
KAIWAN: Coach Curt Mallory, and yes we'll see what happens.
TOM: I know you have a good amount of offers now, are you pretty open right now, and where are you at in the process?
KAIWAN: Yeah, I'm open. I'm just ready to take visits and cut the schools that I don't talk to. That will make it easier for me because I know I can't get out to every school.
TOM: When are you going to start taking these visits?
KAIWAN: Spring break.
TOM: If Michigan offers are they going to be one of your trips?
KAIWAN: Yes, I believe so. It just depends on how they recruit me because there's so many schools to get to know. I have to go see schools that catch my interest and recruit me like I'm needed or wanted.
TOM: What position is Michigan recruiting you for?
KAIWAN: Middle linebacker. They said they need big fast linebackers.
TOM: I just watched your film, and it looks like you fit that. It seems like you really like to hit.
KAIWAN: Yeah, I guess it just comes with the game. You know if people could hit me like that, or harder, they wouldn't miss the chance so I'm not going to miss mine.
TOM: When do you want to make your final decision, do you know yet?
KAIWAN: I'll wait until national signing day.
Michigan has offered eight quarterbacks so far with two of those prospects already committed to other schools [Brewer - Texas, Kline - Cal]. Evaluations and new offers will definitely be forthcoming, and Ohio quarterback Austin Appleby may be one of those candidates. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound signal caller is trying to plan a trip to Ann Arbor this weekend to find out more about Michigan's interest in him. Here's a look at his film and where he's at in the process.
TOM: I know you have offers from Toledo, Kent State, and Temple, but where are you at right now? What schools are you starting to hear from?
AUSTIN: Everything is going very well. I visited Pitt and Akron this weekend, and they both pulled me aside from the junior day groups to talk to the head coach. They told me how much they liked me and that I was at the top of their quarterback lists. I'll also be going to Michigan, U Conn, and Florida over the next few weeks, so I'm very busy.
TOM: That is busy. Did you set a date yet for the Michigan visit?
AUSTIN: We're trying to schedule it for this weekend. They invited me out on March 26th, but we are already booked for Florida that day. My dad is trying to confirm a visit to Michigan for the 13th, and then we'll go to U Conn on the 19th.
TOM: If Michigan were to offer where would that put them in your rankings, or where would they stand overall for you?
AUSTIN: I want to keep all my options open right now. I am very interested in the Big Ten and Michigan. Right now we're in the information gathering process. Every team that has offered me is very high on my list, so based on that they would be high on my list.
TOM: Do you know when you want to try to narrow everything down and when you want to make your final decision?
AUSTIN: In a perfect world, by the end of June or early July. I am planning on attending a few camps and I don't know what doors may open. I know it will be by August 1st for sure.
Big Ten Wrestling Tournament
Michigan took 5thwith 1 champion in Kellen Russell, who also won the tournaments outstanding wrestler award. This was about where I thought they would end up, with some exceeding expectations and some falling short. It averaged out, however, one would be curious to see if the ones falling short, pulled through a little better, where they might have ended up. Probably not enough to move their placing, but, would have put them more in the mix with Minnesota and Wisconsin for 3rdand 4th. Instead they stand alone as the clear 5thbest with an 86.5 score. 6thand 7thwere 64(ILL) and 62(NW) respectively. Wisconsin was 4that 103.5 and Minnesota 3rdwith 109.5. The tournament came down to the last weight with Penn State edgeing out Iowa 139 to 138 for their 1stBig Ten Title.
- Penn State – 139
- Iowa – 138
- Minnesota – 109.5
- Wisconsin – 103.5
- Michigan – 86.5
- Illinois – 64
- Northwestern – 62
- Ohio State – 57
- Purdue – 51
- Indiana – 50
- Michigan State – 49.5
Here’s a weight by weight break down of the tournament:
As far as the favorites, everything went as expected with McDonough(Iowa) and Precin(NW) meeting in the finals. After falling to Precin in the semi’s, Sanders(Minn) wrestled to 3rdof Boyle(UM). Surprises here would be the fall of Pataky(PSU), a 4 seed taking 7thand Eppert(PUR), Kelliher(UW) taking 5thand 6thas 7thand 8thseeds.
Michigan: Boyle won his key match in the quarters over PSU’s Pataky, keeping him away from Sanders in consolations until the 3rdplace match. He held serve against everyone he should have beat losing only to eventual champion McDonough and 3 seed Sanders. Placing 4th, Boyle earns a bid into NCAA’s
- 1st– McDonough(Iowa) 3-1 Dec over Precin(NW)
- 3rd– Sanders(Minn) 12-4 Maj Dec over Boyle(UM)
- 5th– Eppert(PUR) 3-0 Dec over Kelliher(UM)
- 7th– Pataky(PSU) Tech Fall 16-1 over Olanowski(MSU)
A 1 and 2 seed final with Long(PSU) winning a tight one over Graff(UW) for the title. The other half of the 4 contenders placed in the top 4. The surprise was probably the fall of Mele(NW), a 5 seed taking 8th. Stevens(UM) and Paddock(OSU) were two low seeds that placed above expectations.
Michigan: Stevens came in a 7 seed and lost his first match to Graff(UW). From there he wrestled to a key match with Thorn(Minn) where the win was the difference between wrestling for 5thor 7th. His 5thplace finish earns him an automatic bid to NCAA’s.
- 1st– Long(PSU) 7-3 Dec over Graff(UW)
- 3rd– Ramos(Iowa) 6-2 Dec over Futrell(ILL)
- 5th– Stevens(UM) Forfeit over Paddock(OSU)
- 7th– Thorn(Minn) 6-4 Dec over Mele(NW)
Michigan’s Russell walked away with outstanding Wrestler of the tournament after winning the toughest weight in the Big Ten. The top 4 wrestlers in the nation placed in the top 4 here with Russell beating Thorn(Minn). Thorn won in OT over Marion(Iowa) who he lost to in the dual. Marion’s hype as the guy that could knock off Russell took a big hit as he ended up in 4th.
Michigan: Russell was the winner and Outstanding Wrestler. He beat eventual 3rdplace Kennedy(ILL) in the semi’s before winning his final over Thorn(Minn). He was Michigan lone champion and of course earns a bid into NCAA’s
- 1st– Russell(UM) 8-4 Dec over Thorn(Minn)
- 3rd– Kennedy(ILL) 9-6 Dec over Marion(Iowa)
- 5th– Alton(PSU) 6-4 Dec over Friedley(NW)
- 7th– Richey(IU) 5-3ot Dec over Fleckenstein(PUR)
First big surprise matched the expected in the finals as 6thseed Grajales(UM) took on 1stseed Molinaro(PSU). The dream run came to an end here for Grajales though. It certainly wasn’t an easy path, beating the eventual 3rdand 4thplace finishers. Nadhir(NW) the 2ndseed fell to 4thas one of the victumes of Grajales. Schmitt(UW) the 5thseed came in after a poor showing since returning from injury. He finished 8th.
Michigan: Grajales went on a tear here beating Ballweg(Iowa), #3 seed Kinser(IU) and 2ndseed Nadhir(NW) before falling to #1 Molinaro(PSU) in the finals. A great run for the freshman. In his match against Molinaro, you could see the difference between the favored veteran and Grajales. He didn’t have much chance, but, put together a good fight. He’s earned his bid to NCAA’s and should be fun to watch in the future.
- 1st– Molinaro(PSU) 3-0 Dec over Grajales(UM)
- 3rd– Kinser(IU) 6-4ot Dec over Nadhir(NW)
- 5th– Terrazas(ILL) 9-1 Maj Dec over Zilverburg(Minn)
- 7th– Osterman(MSU) FALL 1:00 over Schmitt(UW)
Expected final between Taylor(PSU) and St. John(Iowa), with Taylor winning by a little closer then expected. He was the clear cut favorite. Only surprises were at the bottom half of the places with Michigan native and Illini Morse(ILL) having an impressive tournament, finishing 7th.
Michigan: Not a good showing for Zeerip. A 6 seed coming in, he went 0-2, ending his tournament as a victim of Morse(ILL) by a Maj Dec. Zeerip is someone I thought could possible fight his way into the 5thplace match and could settle for 7th. Not placing doesn’t get him an bid to NCAA’s and his showing makes an at-large bid unlikely.
- 1st– Taylor(PSU) 8-3 Dec over St. John(Iowa)
- 3rd– Welch(NW) 4-3 Dec over Young(IU)
- 5th– Salazar(PUR) 4-2 Dec over McMurray(MSU)
- 7th– Morse(ILL) 4-0 Dec over Nemec(OSU)
A lot of questions were surrounding the return of Howe(UW) from injury as this was his first appearance since. He looked back to form, winning his 3rdBig Ten Title. The 4 and 3 seed flipped places as Janssen(Iowa) got revenge on Yohn(Minn) from their dual.
Michigan: Yates won an overtime match against Vollrath(PSU) to guarantee the 5thplace match, where he had to come from behind and pin the 5thseed Polz(ILL). That win got him the last bid at that weight for NCAA’s.
- 1st- Howe(UW) 3-1ot Dec over Sponseller(OSU)
- 3rd– Janssen(Iowa) 4-2 Dec over Yohn(Minn)
- 5th– Yates(UM) FALL 3:22 over Polz(ILL)
- 7th– Vollrath(PSU) FALL :57 over Bialka(NW)
Wide open weight after eventual champion Ruth(PSU). He won by beating Heflin(OSU) who edged out each match along the way to the finals. Lofthouse(Iowa) had a good tournament as a 5 seed taking 3rdwhile Glasser(Minn) didn’t as the 3rdseed taking 5th.
Michigan: Bad tournament for the other Zeerip brother. He lost to Heflin(OSU) by 1 and would have taken on Jordan(UW) in the semi’s, who he has beat already this year. Instead he fell into consolations and lost to Glasser(Minn), another guy he beat earlier in their dual. This sent him into the 7thplace match against MSU’s Jacobs where he lost in OT. A could have 2ndplace finish turned into 8th. Luckily 8thgot him the last NCAA bid.
- 1st- Ruth(PSU) 8-5 Dec over Heflin(OSU)
- 3rd– Lofthouse(Iowa) 4-1 Dec over Manuel(PUR)
- 5th– Glasser(Minn) 6-1 Dec over Jordan(UW)
- 7th– Jacobs(MSU) 6-5ot Dec over Zeerip(UM)
The shock of the tournament. 8thseed Wright(PSU) made a dream run to win the weight class and in turn, won the team title for PSU. He knocked off #1 Rutt(UW) in the quarters and beat #2 Steinhaus(Minn) in the finals who had Majored him not too long ago. 7thseed Magrum(OSU) fought his way to a 4thplace finish. The upset of Rutt effected Gambrall’s(Iowa) path as he settled for 5th.
Michigan: Collins was unseeded and lost first to the eventual champion Wright(PSU) 10-2. Then he lost in the consolations to Magrum(OSU). Finished 0-2, not placing and not getting any bids.
- 1st– Wright(PSU) 4-3 Dec over Steinhaus(Minn)
- 3rd– Rutt(UW) 6-0 Dec over Magrum(OSU)
- 5th– Gambrall(Iowa) 10-2 Maj Dec over Dallago(ILL)
- 7th– Kissel(PUR) 5-3ot Dec over Hinton(MSU)
The top 2 seeds Brandvold(UW) and Lofthouse(Iowa) got to the finals with Brandvold winning. Powless(IU) took a tough path after losing in the first round to an unseeded Dickenson(MSU), only to win out and finish 3rd, beating Dickenson in his final.
Michigan: Unlucky tournament for Biondo. His first match took 3rdseed Brown(PUR) into OT before losing and dropping him into the consolation bracket. In his first match there, he got 4thseed Powless(IU) who was upset in the first round and eventually took 3rd. That took Biondo out of the tournament with no auto-bid and puts his hopes on an at-large spot. He’ll be near the top of the list ranked 11thnationally.
- 1st– Brandvold(UW) 5-2 Dec over Lofthouse(Iowa)
- 3rd– Powless(IU) 6-2 Dec over Dickenson(MSU)
- 5th– Yohn(Minn) 3-2 Dec over Brown(PUR)
- 7th– Capone(OSU) 2-0 Dec over Barczak(ILL)
I have to eat me words here. Rasing(Iowa) did have a favorable route though. He missed 2ndseed Alcala(IU) who was upset by Rizqallah(MSU) in the quarters and didn’t have to deal with top seed Wade(PSU), who had a bad tournament, in the finals. Instead he used his size advantage to beat redshirt Freshman Nelson(Minn) to win it all. A big surprise came from Bugenhagen(UW). A 6thseed with no impressive wins on the year, beats #2 Alcala and #1 Wade on his way to finishing 3rd. Wade did redeem himself with a Maj Dec over Apland(UM) for 5ththat sealed the title for Penn State.
Michigan: Apland has been an inconsistent wrestler for Michigan this year. He lost early to Nelson(Minn) in the quarters and had to work his way through the consolation bracket until he fell to Rizqallah(MSU) in OT to get into the 3rdplace match. That sent him to 5thwhere he was majored by Wade(PSU). Finishing 6thdoes get him the last auto-bid for NCAA’s
- 1st– Rasing(Iowa) 5-2 Dec over Nelson(Minn)
- 3rd– Bugenhagen(UW) 6-1 Dec over Rizqallah(MSU)
- 5th– Wade(PSU) 9-0 Maj Dec over Apland(UM)
- 7th– Alcala(IU) 5-2 Dec over Kuhar(NW)
Michigan finishes with 7/10 placers, with all 7 also getting bids to NCAA’s. They’ll have Biondo(197) and B. Zeerip(157) hoping for at-large spots.
NCAA Tournament starts March 17thand runs through the 19thin Philadelphia, PA. I’ll get together a pre-view for the Michigan grapplers.