Wolverines Fall to No. 5 Ohio State in Home Finale
Ben Apland

Feb. 8, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #5 Ohio State 24, #19 Michigan 12
Records: U-M (8-6, 2-5 Big Ten), Ohio State (11-2, 5-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 10 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 2 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team won early and late but could not hang on against No. 5 Ohio State, falling, 24-12, in its home finale on Friday evening (Feb. 8) in front of 1,519 fans at Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines claimed four individual matches.

Senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) opened the dual with his second straight win over a higher-ranked opponent, using a first-period takedown to edge No. 12 Nikki Triggas, 2-1, at 125 pounds. After a wild early scramble produced no points, 15th-ranked Boyle broke through with an ankle pick with 40 seconds left in the first and rode out the remainder of the frame. Triggas started on top in both the second and third periods and held Boyle without an escape, accumulating 3:20 in riding-time advantage but could not turn him as the Wolverines held on for the decision victory.

The Buckeyes earned big points from the Stieber brothers at 133 and 141 pounds, before senior/junior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) extended his winning streak to seven in a row with a 2-0 decision over Ian Paddock at 149 pounds. The Wolverine junior, ranked 10th, escaped in the second and rode out the third to earn 1:32 in time advantage. Grajales improved to 7-0 in Big Ten dual action.

Ohio State earned another bonus victory at 157 pounds, where, after a scoreless first period, the Buckeyes' Josh Demas caught junior/sophomore Michael Carpenter (Bozeman, Mont./Bozeman HS) in the splits early in the second to work for, adjust and eventually earn the pin at the 4:37 mark.

Freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) earned a 3-0 decision over Mark Martin in the first match out of the intermission break at 165 pounds, using a late counter takedown and ride in the second period to open up the scoreless bout. Like Grajales, the ninth-ranked Wolverine remains perfect in Big Ten competition with a 7-0 mark. He has won his last eight matches.

The Buckeyes earned decisions in the next three contests, including swing matches at 174 and 197 pounds -- both of which decided on one takedown. Fifth-year senior Ben Apland (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South HS) closed out the dual with a 6-1 win over Kosta Karageorge at heavyweight, going out a winner in his final dual at Keen Arena. Apland, ranked 19th, scored on a quick reversal in the second and rode out the third, using a leg turk to add three near fall at the buzzer.

Michigan will close out the Big Ten dual season on Sunday (Feb. 10), heading up to East Lansing, Mich., to face rival Michigan State at 2 p.m. at Jenison Fieldhouse.

#5 Ohio State 24, #19 Michigan 12
Individual rankings from InterMat

Match Score
125 -- #15 Sean Boyle (U-M) dec. #12 Nikko Triggas, 2-1 U-M, 3-0
133 -- #1 Logan Stieber (OSU) tech. fall Rossi Bruno, 16-1 (5:00) OSU, 5-3
141 -- #2 Hunter Stieber (OSU) major dec. Mike Hillock, 9-0 OSU, 9-3
149 -- #10 Eric Grajales (U-M) dec. Ian Paddock, 2-0 OSU, 9-6
157 -- #19 Josh Demas (OSU) pinned Michael Carpenter, 4:37 OSU, 15-6
165 -- #9 Taylor Massa (U-M) dec. Mark Martin, 3-0 OSU, 15-9
174 -- #7 Nick Heflin (OSU) dec. #10 Dan Yates, 3-2 OSU, 18-9
184 -- Cody Mangrum (OSU) dec. Chris Heald, 3-2 OSU, 21-9
197 -- Kenny Courts (OSU) dec. Max Huntley, 3-1 OSU, 21-9
Hwt -- #19 Ben Apland (U-M) dec. Kosta Karageorge, 6-1 OSU, 21-12

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