The #8 ranked Wolverines concluded a stellar regular season tonight with an 18-13 dual win over #6 Pittsburgh on the road. The grapplers finish with an 11-4 overall record and 6-2 in the B1G.
- 125- #15 Connor Youtsey (Michigan) def. #19 Anthony Zanetta (Pitt) via sudden victory 1, 5-3
- 133- #19 Rosario Bruno (Michigan) def. #20 Shelton Mack (Pitt) by decision, 6-1
- 141- #8 Steve Dutton III (Michigan) def. #17 Edgar Bright (Pitt) by decision, 6-1
- 149- #8 Eric Grajales (Michigan) def. Mike Racciato (Pitt) by decision, 8-5
- 157- #14 Brian Murphy (MIchigan) def. Cole Sheptock (Pitt) by decision, 6-0
- 165- Geno Morelli (Pitt) def. #6 Dan Yates (Michigan) by decision, 3-1
- 174- #7 Tyler Wilps (Pitt) def. Collin Zeerip (Michigan) by major decision, 19-8
- 184- #6 Max Thomusseit (Pitt) def. #16 Domenic Abounader (Michigan) by decision, 2-0
- 197- #18 Nick Bonaccorsi (Pitt) def. Chris Heald (Michigan) by decision, 8-2
- Heavyweight- #2 Adam Coon (Michigan) def. #19 P.J. Tasser by decision, 9-6
Michigan faced 10 ranked opponents this season and went 7-3 against them including 3-2 against top-10 opponents.
Complete Regular Season results-
|11/16||Northern Illinois (EMU Duals)||W 22-9|
|11/16||Kent State (EMU Duals)||L 16-17|
|11/17||vs #12 Oregon State||W 20-12|
|11/24||vs #23 Stanford||L 13-21|
|12/6-12/7||Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational||5th of 33|
|12/15||vs Central Michigan||W 30-9|
|12/29-12/30||Midlands Championship||3rd of 47|
|1/5||vs Maryland||W 28-10|
|1/10||vs #20 Purdue*||W 22-12|
|1/17||at #11 Illinois*||W 19-13|
|1/19||vs #2 Minnesota*||W 19-14|
|1/24||vs Michigan State*||W 26-6|
|1/31||at #12 Ohio*||W 21-12|
|2/2||vs #1 Penn State*||L 9-32|
|2/7||at #7 Nebraska*||W 17-16|
|2/9||at #3 Iowa*||L 6-26|
|2/15||at #6 Pittsburgh||W 18-13|
With the regular season wrapped up, Michigan will now prepare for the B1G Championships which will be held March 8th & 9th in Madison.
The NCAA Championships will be held March 20-22 in Oklahoma City
After a tough defeat to #1 PSU, the defending NCAA Champions this past Sunday on senior day, Michigan had to get over it quickly due to the rest of their schedule STILL being against top-10 squads.
The #11 Wolverine grapplers pulled off their FIFTH win over a Top-15 ranked team tonight, defeating #7 Nebraska in Lincoln in a thrilling finish. Once again, it came down to the heavyweight phenom Adam Coon.
- 125- Conor Youtsey (Michigan) def. #9 Tim Lambert (Nebraska), 2-0
- 133- Rosario Bruno (Michigan) def. Shawn Nagel (Nebraska), 7-6
- 141- Steve Dutton (Michigan) def. Colton McCrystal (Nebraska), 10-3
- 149- #5 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) def. Eric Grajales (Michigan), 9-3
- 157- #1 James Green (Nebraska) def. Jake Salazar in OT, 7-6
- 165- #6 Dan Yates (Michigan) def. Jim Wilson (Nebraska), 4-0
- 174- #4 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) def. Collin Zeerip (Michigan), 11-2
- 184- #9 T.J. Dudley (Nebraska) def. Domenic Abounader (Michigan), 8-6
- 197- Caleb Kolb (Nebraska) def. Chris Heald (Michigan) via Tech Fall
- Heavyweight- #2 Adam Coon (Michigan) def. Collin Jensen, 12-3
Reminaing schedule (rankings are current)-
- Sunday, 2/9 at #3 Iowa 3pm/MGoBlueTV
- 2/15 at #6 Pittsburgh
The #11 Michigan grapplers have beaten #12 ohio for the first time since 2010-11, 21-12. Michigan continues their dominance in the overall series with a 69-19-4 record against the buckeyes.
Michigan has now won 7 duals in a row, is 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the B1G tied for first in the standings for the dual championship.
- 157- Brian Murphy (Michigan) def. Randall Languis (Ohio) by decision, 5-2
- 165- Daniel Yates (Michigan) def. Joe Grandominico (Ohio) by decision, 8-4
- 174- Mark Martin (Ohio) def. Collin Zeerip (Michigan) by decision, 4-3
- 184- Domenic Abounader (Michigan) def. Kenny Courts (Ohio) by decision, 9-4
- 197- Nick Heflin (Ohio) def. Chris Heald (Michigan) by major decision, 16-3
- Heavyweight- Adam Coon (Michigan) def. Nick Tavanello (Ohio), 3-2 via sudden victory
- 125- Connor Youtsey (Michigan) def. Nick Roberts (Ohio), 2-1 via sudden victory
- 133- Rosario Bruno (Michigan) def. Johnni DiJulius (Ohio), 2-1 via tiebreaker
- 141- Logan Steiber (Ohio) def. Stephen Dutton III (Michigan) by tech fall
- 149- Eric Grajales (Michigan) def. Ian Paddock (Ohio) by decision, 7-2
Remaining regular season schedule (rankings are current)-
- 2/2 vs #1 Penn State (3:30pm/BTN)
- 2/7 at #8 Nebraska (8pm/MGoBlueTV)
- 2/9 at #3 Iowa (3pm/MGoBlueTV)
- 2/15 at #7 Pittsburgh
The dual on Sunday is SOLD OUT. Basketball game will be over by the time the dual begins.
Another Michigan win over state. This time on the mat. The grapplers easily clobbered sparty, 26-6.
Only down thing is that the #1 heavyweight in the country, freshman Adam Coon, was handed his first collegiate defeat. His career record is 22-1.
- 174: Collin Zeerip (Michigan) def. Nick Kaczanowski (MSU) by decision, 3-2
- 184: Domenic Abounader (Michigan) def. John Rizqallah (MSU) via tiebreaker, 6-0.
- 197: Nick McDiarmid (MSU) def. Chris Heald (Michigan) by decision, 3-1.
- Heavyweight: Mike McClure (MSU) def. Adam Coon (Michigan) by decision, 3-1.
- 125: Conor Youtsey (Michigan) def. Brenan Lyon (MSU) via sudden victory, 5-0.
- 133: Rosario Bruno (Michigan) def. Garth Yenter by decision, 2-0.
- 141: Stephen Dutton III (Michigan) def. Brian Gibbs (MSU) by major decision, 14-2.
- 149: Eric Grajales (Michigan) def. Nick Trimble (MSU) by major decision, 10-2.
- 157: Brian Murphy (Michigan) def. Roger Wildmo (MSU) by decision, 4-2.
- 165: Daniel Yates (Michigan) def. Bobby Nash (MSU) by decision, 8-2.
Michigan is now 8-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 in B1G Duals.
Michigan now kicks off a murderer's row of a schedule. It doesn't get any better than the B1G.
(current teams rankings as of tonight)-
- 1/31 at #11 Ohio
- 2/2 vs #1 Penn State
- 2/7 at #10 Nebraska
- 2/9 at #2 Iowa
Oh, and just for the hell of it, the final non-conference dual of the season?
- 2/15 at #8 Pittsburgh
I don't really follow wrestling, but this seems pretty significant: No. 2 senior recruit Coon commits to Michigan (that's no. 2 in the nation in the 2013 class).
Adam Coon, from Fowlerville, Michigan, decided on wrestling over football at the college level:
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Coon was recruited by several Division I programs for football, including Big Ten programs Michigan State (where his mother earned her master's degree), Northwestern, and Wisconsin.
But his father says football could still be in his future:
"It was a very difficult decision for him," said Dan Coon. "He has not completely given up on playing football again. Stephen Neal is one of our heroes, a great heavyweight wrestler who played football later on. So that's always in the back of his mind. So he's open to playing football later on if wrestling doesn't work out."
Looks like Coon is part of a pretty good recruiting class:
Coon is the third highly ranked recruit from the Class of 2013 that Michigan has landed. The other two are Ben Whitford (St. Johns, Mich.) and Brian Murphy (Glenbard North, Ill.), ranked fourth and 11th overall respectively in the Class of 2013.
The Detroit Athletic Club named two-time NCAA wrestling champion Kellen Russell its Michigan Collegiate Men's Athlete of the Year. Given the competition of Denard Robinson, Draymond Green (I feel dirty writing that, but give the devil his due), Trey Burke, etc., it is quite an honor. And well-deserved: 4-time B1G champion, 33-1 this season, and .918 overall win percentage. He's only the second Wolverine to achieve the [ed. men's] honor in the 16 year history of the award (swimmer Davis Tarwater won in 2006) [ed. which was expanded to include collegiate athletes in 2006 - see HopeInHoke's comment below for a nice table, etc.].
In the H.S. division, rising freshman wrestler Taylor Massa won the award. Taylor's from St. Johns, MI and attends St. Johns H.S.. This rising Wolverine will bring a 231-0 H.S. record with him, along with various other awards - the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award among them. This young man is legit, and we look forward to seeing him represent U-M over the next four years.
Congratulations to Kellen and Taylor, and Go Blue! Links below.
Kellen Russell Taylor Massa