Jan. 25, 2014
N O T E S
With tonight's win, Michigan improved to 66-35-5 in the all-time series against in-state rival Michigan State. The Wolverines have won each of the last four meetings.
Michigan's six-match win streak is the program's best since winning six in a row during the 2010-11 season.
U-M's 4-0 start in Big Ten dual competition is its best since the 2005-06 season when it went 8-0 en route to the conference dual title.
Senior/junior Steve Dutton owns a perfect 11-0 record over his two seasons at Michigan. Including his perfect 8-0 mark in open-tournament competition last year, Dutton has earned bonus points in every match with four falls, three tech falls and four major decisions.
Dutton, Eric Grajales and Brian Murphy are all unbeaten at Cliff Keen Arena this season.
In the first dual of the wrestling doubleheader, St. Johns High School narrowly defeated Davison, 36-27. Both programs are nationally ranked by InterMat -- No. 28 Davison and No. 36 St. Johns -- while Michigan Grappler has Davison at No. 1 in Division 1 and St. Johns at No. 2 in Division 2.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Joe McFarland
On the dual win ... "All in all, it was a good day for Michigan. Our guys wrestled pretty hard. One of the things Michigan State does really well is control ties. We didn't do a great job of that tonight as a team. They're difficult to wrestle sometimes. They were able slow the pace down in some of these matches, and we struggled to fire off our attacks. That's a lesson for us, and we'll improve there."
On Domenic Abounader's win at 184 pounds ... Domenic stayed tough, and it started to become apparent that conditioning was going to become a factor in that match. Domenic escaped, scored and went in for the kill with the cradle in overtime. That was great to see. That's how you want to finish those matches. Domenic is another freshman who's getting better from week to week."
On Adam Coon's loss at heavyweight ... "Adam has done just an incredible job this season. [Mike] McClure is tough; he's one of the top-ranked guys in the country, and he wrestled a smart match. We got tied up a little bit early on in that match, couldn't clear the ties and get to our offense. He shortened that match up, came on strong in the third period and scored off Adam's shot. It was a good match. It was a good lesson for us. There are some things we can go back and work on now. I think this is going to refocus him. He's not happy about it, and he'll bounce back."
U-M Senior/Junior Steve Dutton
On transitioning into the starting lineup ... "It's been good. I've just been trying to get out there and leave everything out on the mat. It just wanted to get out there and compete. Going through practice every day -- and not really even getting out to opens -- day in and day out was starting to wear on me. Now it's becoming a lot of fun again. It makes it that much better when the team is clicking and doing well. It's been great seeing everyone doing so well."
On his attitude looking ahead ... "With three matches under my belt, I feel like I've been in several positions now. That was a big goal of mine through these first few matches. Moving forward, I want to keep doing what I'm doing and just keep wrestling as hard as I can through the rest of the season."
U-M Freshman Domenic Abounader
On his win at 184 pounds ... "I wish I would have pushed the pace a little more in the first. It definitely would have changed the match a little bit. I started to pick it up in the third period, and he started to get worn out and worn down. The coaches told me before the match that he probably would. So, I've been working all week trying to get my conditioning up. It definitely paid off. I felt pretty good, eventually got to his legs and won the match."
On the overtime tiebreaker ... "I just tried to keep the pressure on him the whole 30 seconds. The coaches put us in situations like that during practice. I was prepared for it. I knew that if I just kept the pressure on him, he'd get more and more tired. Once he broke down flat, I knew I'd be able to escape in the next 30. I just had to keep pushing the pace and keep the tempo up."
On picking up an important early win ... "It felt great. Those swings are what win or lose the dual. We knew the swing matches would need to be in our favor. We knew we could win them all; we just had to go out there and wrestle like we do every day in practice. I'm going with some of the best guys in the country in the practice room, and they get me ready for these situations. It felt great to win tonight."
On the current team attitude ... "We're all pretty close. We've got a really, really good team chemistry. We push each other to keep working hard. We just need to keep pushing towards March. That's the ultimate goal. We're on a roll right now, and we just want to keep it going and take it all the way."