Jan. 13, 2012
N O T E S
• With tonight's win, the Wolverines improved to 59-23-2 in the all-time series against Indiana.
• Fifth-year senior Kellen Russell has earned bonus points in eight of his last nine matches. Russell boasts 12 bonus wins on the season, claiming extra points in 60 percent of his matches. His technical against Indiana was the seventh of his career.
• Russell improved to 120-12 in his career and moved into a tie for 17th among Michigan's all-time winningest wrestlers, sharing the spot with Lanny Green (1990-93). He needs just one more win to reach the 16th spot, currently held by Tyrel Todd (121, 2006-09). Incidentally, both Green and Todd were in attendance at tonight's dual meet.
• Russell also extended his dual-match winning streak to 36 in a row. He has not lost a dual match since the 2008-09 season.
• Junior/sophomore heavyweight Ben Apland improved to 17-4 on the season and is just one win away from matching his career best season win total. He went 18-15 last season.
• The Wolverines hosted the first ever "Frats to the Mat" Challenges at the intermission break, featuring two exhbition matches. Two-time NCAA champion and world silver medalist Jake Herbert served as the special-guest referee.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Assistant Coach Sean Bormet
On the Wolverines' response to last Sunday's loss ... "Last week, we were coming off a really good win at Northwestern, but the guys were a little flat in our next match. As a staff, we weren't exactly sure why they were so flat. We brought them back on Monday, watched a lot of film from the dual and talked openly about a lot of different things -- the difference between away matches and home matches and what they need to focus on. They did a good job. We had a really good week of training, and the things we focused on over the week, they applied today in this match."
On the Wolverines' overall performance ... "I thought our attack rate was good. We out-attacked our opponents, which is critical. That's something we're really focused on. In the couple matches we fell short, we didn't do enough work in the middle of the match, and that came back to bite us a little bit. Overall, as a group, the attack rate was what we want."
U-M Senior Zac Stevens
On his pin at 133 pounds ... "It felt good. I just go out for every match and try to attack right away. I scored on a counter and kept working to put him on his back, got him there, took my time a little bit and got the fall. It felt good to win at home; got the monkey off my back."
On Michigan's improvement over last weekend ... "We really talked about attacking a lot and outworking our opponents. That showed. Obviously, Indiana wasn't quite as tough as Illinois last week, but you could see that we had a higher level of energy. Our guys were attacking more. It worked out in our favor.
On the Wolverines' potential for the rest of the season ... "We believe our team is good enough to be a top-five team, and we want to bring home a trophy. We're right there in the mix, as good as anybody else. We just need to keep wrestling like we can and keep improving every week."
U-M Junior/Sophomore Brandon Zeerip
On rallying to win his first match at home this season ... "It feels good, and it takes a little weight off my shoulders. It's always good to get that first win at home. It can be a little nerve racking at home, wrestling in front of your friends and family, but it feels good to get that win. I wasn't really sure what happened in the beginning of my match. I thought he had an illegal hold around my head, so it was unfortunate that I found myself down five points early. After that, I just stayed on him, wore him down and built the lead up."
On Michigan's week of practice after last Sunday's loss ... "After our last match against Illinois, our coaches just really stressed to us about being mentally tough. Last week, we went out kind of flat, and they got the early momentum with a couple of pins. I think it was a combination of a few factors. We definitely worked on our toughness and effort over the week. It was a lot better today."