It was a bumpy ride, this regular season was. Michigan's #14 national ranking with an 8-6 overall and 4-5 B1G record speaks volumes to how tough their schedule was and how good the B1G is in wrestling.
The B1G is SEC football on steroids in Wrestling. There are 8 B1G teams in the top-15 alone and 10 of 14 teams are ranked in the top-25.
Michigan was in it going into the final stretch last year for the B1G Regular Season Championship last season but fell flat in the B1G Championships meet.
It was pretty much the opposite of that this season.
The championships were held in Columbus this year. The highlight of the 2015 B1G Championships for Michigan was sophomore Dominic Abounader winning the 184lb B1G Championship. Abounader is ranked #2 in the nation in the 184 division and defeated Minnesota's Brett Pfarr who is ranked #4 nationally.
Abounader's individual championship is Michigan's first since 2012 when Kellen Russell won his 4th straight 141 championship.
In addition to Abounader's thrilling 7-6 victory on BTN, Michigan automatically qualified nine other grapplers for the NCAA Championships that will take place in two weeks in St. Louis. They have the opportunity to send one more down to St. Louis via an at-large bid when the official NCAA Tournament brackets are released on Wednesday.
Michigan as a team finished with 102.5 points, good for 4th place. Here are the final B1G team standings.
|T-1st||#5 Ohio State||120.0|
|5th||#7 Penn State||96.5|
I caught this update on Hunter and Braden at the very end of this evening's NBC Nightly News :
It includes a very touching video of Braden as he begins his wrestling career, as he follows his big brother's footsteps into their favorite sport. Kate Snow did a fine job of giving the background of the story of these two fine young men, briefly outlining the story of Hunter carrying his younger brother 40 miles this past summer to bring attention to the plight of Cerebral Palsy victims. The remainder of the video then tells the tale of Braden embarking on his own career as an athlete.
I have so much admiration for these two---what a fantastic story of brotherly love, bravery, and determination!
(The video is in a format I've never tried embedding before---any help with the embed will have my sincere appreciation !)
A great rebound after that tough 1-point loss at #2 Minnesota on Friday night to open up the B1G season.
#15 Michigan traveled to East Lansing today to take on unranked MSU.
This dual was supposed to be aired on BTN+ but sparty is too inept to cover something live like every other B1G school so that was a little disappointing because I knew Michigan would just plow through them as usual.
This thing wasn't even close. It was 16-0 Michigan at intermission. Sophomore heavyweight star Adam Coon closed out the beating at the end with a pinfall victory to give Michigan a 28-9 win at a packed Jenison Field House in EL.
Michigan has now beaten MSU 5 years in a row and is 13-3 against MSU in the 21st century, upping the all-time series record to 67-35-5 in favor of Michigan.
Not a jam-packed day in Michigan Athletics, but a very nice one.
Michigan Volleyball (12-14, 7-9 B1G) pulled out a great upset win over #17 Ohio State at Cliff Keen Arena. They won a close set one, 25-23. In the second set, they blew OSU away winning 25-14. The Buckeyes took the third in a back-and-forth set 3. And in set 4, Michigan pulled out a thriller, winning it 25-23 and taking the match.
Frustrating set 4. Michigan was up 24-17 and nearly lost their sure-thing victory as OSU rallied and pulled the score to 24-23. The star of the match, Caroline Knop, ended OSU's comeback hopes with a kill that sealed the upset.
Knop had a team-high 14 kills and 12 digs with 1 ace while Lexi Dannemiller led Michigan with 5 blocks.
NCAA Tournament hopes look very slim. But this is a good start if they are going to pull off a miracle run. The team has been rocked by injuries this season, causing the disappointing record. Their schedule does not get any easier as they will host the dynasty, Penn State, at Cliff Keen Arena for their next match.
#8 Michigan Wrestling (1-1, 0-0 B1G) went 1-1 today at the EMU Duals in Ypsilanti. They dismantled #24 Ohio University by the score of 28-3 in the first dual of the day with Michigan claiming two upset victories in the 174 and 197 matches-
|125||#20 Youtsey (U-M) def. Powell (OU) via major decision, 9-1|
|133||#9 Bruno (U-M) def. Squire (OU) via decision, 4-1|
|141||#4 Dutton (U-M) def. Forrider (OU) via decision, 3-0|
|149||#12 Claxton (OU) def. Pantaleo (U-M) via decision, 4-3|
|157||#10 Murphy (U-M) def. #19 Chino (OU) via tiebreaker, 5-4|
|165||#10 Massa (U-M) def. #17 Hightower (OU) via decision, 7-5|
|174||Mahomes (U-M) def. #9 Walters (OU) via decision, 5-3|
|184||Olapo (U-M) def. Conner (OU) via decision, 12-6|
|197||#17 Huntley (U-M) def. #8 Wellington (OU) via decision, 7-1|
|Hvy.||#4 Coon (U-M) def. Webb (OU) via decision 8-3|
A much tougher test came against #14 Edinboro. Michigan was down 20-0 at one point and could not make the early deficit up as Edinboro clinched the dual victory with their win in the 184 match.
|125||Mines (EDIN) def. #20 Youtsey (U-M) via decision, 6-3|
|133||#1 Schopp (EDIN) def. #9 Bruno (U-M) via major decision, 15-0|
|141||#2 Port (EDIN) def. #4 Dutton (U-M) via decision, 5-2|
|149||#5 Habat (EDIN) def. Pantaleo (U-M) via pinfall|
|157||#13 Matthews (EDIN) def. #10 Murphy (U-M) via decision, 8-6|
|165||#10 Massa (U-M) def. Hartless (EDIN) via pinfall|
|174||Mahomes (U-M) def. Jennings (EDIN) via decision, 3-1|
|184||#12 Avery (EDIN) def. Olapo (U-M) via decision, 13-6|
|197||#17 Huntley (U-M) def. Pickett (EDIN) via major decision, 19-5|
|Hvy.||#4 Coon (U-M) def. Bosch (EDIN) via decision 8-3|
Future WWE Champion Adam Coon starts his season 2-0. Next up, the Wolverines will face Central Michigan on 11/25 which will be their final dual meet until B1G competition begins in January.
#8 Women's Cross Country and #12 Men's Cross Country both received at-large bids for the NCAA Championships which will be held next Saturday in Terre Haute, IN.
I was in attendance at the MBB game, the Volleyball match and Hockey's game. I'm glad I typed this in between MBB and VB in my car because I'm exhausted.
Only one sport is in action tomorrow...
W Basketball: vs Bucknell (2pm/BTN Plus)