Wolverines Close Homestand with Decisive Win over Maryland

Jan. 13, 2017

What You Need to Know
» Michigan won seven matches, earning bonus points in three, to defeat Maryland, 25-16, for its first Big Ten win.
» Myles Amine and Jackson Striggow earned major decisions at 174 and 197 pounds, respectively, while Logan Massa cruised to a technical fall at 165 pounds; Massa boasts 11 bonus wins this season, while Amine owns 10.
» Stevan Micic and Sal Profaci rallied to decision wins in back-to-back matches at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #16 Michigan 25, Maryland 16
Records: U-M (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten), UMD (2-8, 0-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Jan. 15 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 1:15 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team got back to its winning ways in decisive fashion, claiming seven matches to earn a 25-16 victory over Maryland on Friday evening (Jan. 13) at Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines earned three bonus wins, opening the bout with major decisions in two of the first three bouts before wrapping with a technical fall in the last match.

Sophomore/freshman Myles Amine, ranked eighth in the latest InterMat poll at 174 pounds, set the tone with a 10-2 major decision over Sam Rowell in the first bout -- his 10th bonus win of the season. Amine finished on four takedowns, including a double leg off the opening whistle, and accumulated 3:23 in riding-time advantage.

Senior/junior Ernest Battaglia and sophomore/freshman Jackson Striggow followed with two more wins at the upperweights to pad the Wolverine lead to 11-0 early. Battaglia used a pair of takedowns and a third-period reversal -- just missing on subsequent near fall -- to cruise past Idris White, 10-3, at 184 pounds. Striggow added a bonus point with a 12-4 major decision over David-Brian Whisler at 197 pounds, taking advantage of a four-point sequence and second takedown to build a first-period lead before adding another single leg and 3:20 riding time in the third.

Maryland got on the board with back-to-back six-point victories, including a forfeit at 125 pounds, entering the intermission break. Sophomore/freshman Austin Assad was held out as a precautionary measure. The Terps added another bonus win with a major decision at 149 pounds but not before Michigan rallied to earn back-to-back decisions at 133 and 141 pounds.

Sophomore/freshman Stevan Micic, ranked eighth nationally at 133 pounds, gave up the first takedown in an early first-period scramble against Billy Rappo but responded with a single leg of his own at the buzzer and then blew the match open in the second en route to an 11-4 victory. He scored on a pair of takedowns in the middle frame, including a four-point feet-to-back, and rode for 1:14.

Sophomore/freshman Sal Profaci also used the second period to claim an 8-4 comeback decision against Jhared Simmons at 141 pounds. After giving up a pair of early takedowns, Profaci knotted the score with late takedown in the first period and followed suit with another in the waning seconds of the second before riding out the third period to accumulate 3:30 in time advantage.

Senior captain Brian Murphy, ranked 10th at 157 pounds, also earned a decision victory, using an early first-period ankle pick and a third-period reversal to defeat Danny Boychuk, 6-3. Murphy rode out the final minute of the match to earn 2:16 in time advantage.

Sophomore/freshman Logan Massa, ranked second nationally at 165 pounds, closed out the dual with the Wolverines' most dominant win, scoring seven takedowns, a reversal and 2:36 riding time to earn a 20-5 technical fall over Josh Ugalde. Massa converted on a variety of ankle picks, singles and doubles and, with the tech in reach, finished on three takedowns in the third period. He improved to 17-0 on the season and boasts 11 bonus wins.

The Wolverines will wrap up the weekend on the road, traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska, to face Nebraska at 1:15 p.m. CST on Sunday (Jan. 15) at Bob Devaney Sports Center. The dual will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.

#16 Michigan 25, Maryland 16
Individual rankings from InterMat

Match Score
174 -- #8 Myles Amine (U-M) major dec. Sam Rowell, 10-2 U-M, 4-0
184 -- Ernest Battaglia (U-M) dec. Idris White, 10-3 U-M, 7-0
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) major dec. David-Brian Whisler, 12-4 U-M, 11-0
Hwt -- Youssif Hemida (UMD) pinned Dan Perry, 0:52 U-M, 11-6
125 -- Michael Beck (UMD) won by forfeit UMD, 12-11
133 -- #8 Stevan Micic (U-M) dec. Billy Rappo, 11-4 U-M, 14-12
141 -- Sal Profaci (U-M) dec. Jhared Simmons, 8-4 U-M, 17-12
149 -- #15 Alfred Bannister (UMD) major dec. Zac Hall, 12-3 U-M, 17-16
157 -- #10 Brian Murphy (U-M) dec. Danny Boychuk, 6-3 U-M, 20-16
165 -- #2 Logan Massa (U-M) tech. fall Josh Ugalde, 20-5 (7:00) U-M, 25-16

Communications Contact: Leah Howard

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