Bonus Points Doom U-M in Loss at No. 18 Purdue
Eric Grajales

Feb. 3, 2013

Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Holloway Gymnasium)
Score: #18 Purdue 19, #17 Michigan 18
Records: U-M (8-5, 2-4 Big Ten), Purdue (13-5, 4-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 8 -- vs. Ohio State (Cliff Keen Arena), 6 p.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team won five individual matches at No. 18 Purdue but dropped the dual on a bonus point, 19-18, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 3) at Holloway Gymnasium. Of the Wolverines' five losses this season, three have come on bonus points.

The Wolverines (8-4, 2-4 Big Ten) overcame a three-point deficit at the halftime intermission, claiming back-to-back decisions at heavyweight and 125 pounds, but dropped two of last three matches, including a critical major decision at 141 pounds.

Fifth-year senior heavyweight Ben Apland (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South HS) cruised to a 10-3 decision over Alex White in the first match out of the break but lost his major-decision margin late while looking for a turn. Apland, ranked 19th, converted on four takedowns -- two each in the first and third periods -- and rode out the entirety of the second en route to 3:40 riding-time advantage.

Senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) claimed a 4-1 decision over 15th-ranked Camden Eppert in a swing match at 125 pounds, breaking through with a low single late in the first and riding out the frame. Boyle, ranked 17th, added a quick escape in the second and accumulated 2:00 in time advantage to seal the victory.

The Boilermakers stole away the lead with their two straight wins at 133 and 141 pounds, moving into the driver's seat with an 11-0 major decision in the latter. With the victory, U-M needed no less than a major decision in the final bout to win the dual.

Senior/junior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) jumped to a sizable early lead in the 149-pound contest but needed a late takedown to knock off 13th-ranked Ivan Lopouchanski, 10-6. Grajales, ranked 12th, scored early and late, converting on two takedowns in first and, with just a narrow one-point lead in the third, finishing on a counterattack before riding out the match. He moved to 6-0 in Big Ten competition.

Purdue claimed three of the opening five matches, cancelling out Michigan's bonus wins at 165 and 174 pounds with a quick first-period fall in the 197-pound match. The win in the latter gave the Boilermakers a 12-9 lead at the break.

Freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) earned his sixth straight bonus win with a 13-1 major decision over Doug Welch at 165. Massa, ranked ninth, converted on four takedowns, including two in the opening period, and earned three back points in the second. Like Grajales, he is undefeated in Big Ten action with a 5-0 record.

Senior/junior Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) picked up his second bonus win of the weekend at 174 pounds, cruising to a dominant 22-7 technical fall over Chad Welch. Yates, ranked 10th, scored on nine takedowns, countering a Welch throw attempt to put the Boiler on his back for five at the buzzer in the first period. He cut Welch loose to start the third before finishing on a low single and subsequent snap down and go-behind to end the match at the 5:52 mark.

Michigan will close out the regular season against a pair of Big Ten rivals next weekend. U-M will host Ohio State at 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 8) at Cliff Keen Arena before heading to East Lansing, Mich., to face Michigan State at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 10).

#18 Purdue 19, #17 Michigan 18
Individual rankings from InterMat

Match Score
157 -- Tommy Churchard (PU) dec. Michael Carpenter, 12-10 PU, 3-0
165 -- #9 Taylor Massa (U-M) major dec. Doug Welch, 13-1 U-M, 4-3
174 -- #10 Dan Yates (U-M) tech. fall Chad Welch, 22-7 (5:52) U-M, 9-3
184 -- Patrick Kissell (PU) dec. Chris Heald, 4-3 U-M, 9-6
197 -- #18 Braden Atwood (PU) pinned #20 Max Huntley, 1:19 PU, 12-9
Hwt -- #19 Ben Apland (U-M) dec. Alex White, 10-3 Tied, 12-12
125 -- #17 Sean Boyle (U-M) dec. #15 Camden Eppert, 4-1 U-M, 15-12
133 -- #14 Cashe Quiroga (PU) dec. Rossi Bruno, 11-7 Tied, 15-15
141 -- Braden Nelson (PU) major dec. Camryn Jackson, 11-0 PU, 19-15
149 -- #12 Eric Grajales (U-M) dec. #13 Ivan Lopouchanski, 10-6 PU, 19-18

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