Wrestling Drops Big Ten Dual Finale at No. 3 Iowa
Steve Dutton

Feb. 9, 2014

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Score: #2 Iowa 26, #11 Michigan 6
Records: U-M (10-4, 6-2 Big Ten), Iowa (13-2, 6-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 15 -- at Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 7 p.m.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team could not capitalize in several close early matches, falling at No. 3 Iowa, 26-6, in its final Big Ten Conference dual on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 9) in front of 8,354 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Wolverines dropped four matches by just three points or less, including in three of the opening five bouts.

Senior/junior Steve Dutton (Miller Place, N.Y./Rocky Point HS) and freshman Adam Coon (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville HS) earned decision wins for Michigan at 141 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.

Dutton, ranked 13th in the latest InterMat poll, rallied from an early deficit to ninth-ranked Josh Dziewa to defeat the Hawkeye, 3-2, on a late takedown. The Hawkeye wrestler countered a Dutton single-leg shot midway through the first period and rode out the frame to grab the initial lead. Dutton rode out the second to eliminate Dwieza's time advantage and after securing a quick escape in the third, finished on a high-crotch takedown with 30 seconds remaining. With the narrow one-point lead, Dutton rode out the match to hang on for the win.

Coon, ranked second at heavyweight, used a mere six seconds of riding-time advantage to edge third-ranked Bobby Telford, 3-3, in the second tiebreaker. The wrestlers traded escapes and half shots through the bulk of regulation with Coon working out of a couple deep Iowa single-leg attack at the end of the third and midway through the first sudden-victory frame. Coon held four seconds time advantage after the first tiebreaker and escaped in just four ticks in the second to gain the advantage. He improved to 27-1 on the season. It was his second win over Telford in six weeks.

The Hawkeyes opened the dual with back-to-back decision victories at 125 and 133 pounds. Sophomore/freshman Conor Youtsey (Parma, Mich./Mason HS) dropped a 4-1 decision to Cory Clark at 125 pounds, giving up a counter takedown in the first period and 2:20 in riding-time advantage, while sophomore Rossi Bruno (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) lost 6-1 against third-ranked Tony Ramos at 133 pounds on three takedowns -- one in each period.

Fifth-year senior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS), ranked seventh at 149 pounds, lost a wild match against 12th-ranked Brody Brothus, 17-14, in the first tiebreaker. After hitting a quick headlock but allowing an escape and a takedown in the first, Grajales scrambled to lock up a cradle, earning the reversal and three near-fall points. The wrestlers traded reversals in the waning moments of the period and Grothus added another in the second, putting Grajales on his back for points. The wrestlers traded reversals again in the third before Grajales knotted up the score with a takedown on the edge at the buzzer. He couldn't finish on two deep single-leg shots in the sudden-victory frame and gave up a match-deciding two count in the first tiebreaker.

Freshman Brian Murphy (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North HS), ranked 15th at 157 pounds, lost a 3-1 decision on a late takedown to second-ranked Derek St. John, the defending NCAA champion. Murphy escaped quickly in the third period to even the score and shot in on a single leg midway through the frame. St. John countered and rode out the remainder of the contest.

The Hawkeyes continued their momentum out of the intermission break with four straight wins. Senior/junior Chris Heald (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) dropped a close 4-1 decision to 16th-ranked Nathan Burak at 197 pounds, giving up a late trip with 30 seconds left in the third to break a deadlocked match.

Michigan will wrap up its 2013-14 dual-meet schedule next Saturday (Feb. 15), traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Pittsburgh -- currently ranked No. 6 -- at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House.

#3 Iowa 26, #11 Michigan 6
Individual rankings from InterMat

Match Score
125 -- Cory Clark (Iowa) dec. #20 Conor Youtsey, 4-1 Iowa, 3-0
133 -- #3 Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. #19 Rossi Bruno, 6-1 Iowa, 6-0
141 -- #13 Steve Dutton (U-M) dec. #9 Josh Dziewa, 3-2 Iowa, 6-3
149 -- #12 Brody Grothus (Iowa) dec. #7 Eric Grajales, 17-14 TB Iowa, 9-3
157 -- #2 Derek St. John (Iowa) dec. #14 Brian Murphy, 3-1 Iowa, 12-3
165 -- #4 Nick Moore (Iowa) dec. #6 Dan Yates, 8-2 Iowa, 15-3
174 -- #5 Mike Evans (Iowa) tech. fall Collin Zeerip, 16-0 (5:53) Iowa, 20-3
184 -- Sammy Brooks (Iowa) dec. #16 Domenic Abounader, 9-3 Iowa, 23-3
197 -- #16 Nathan Burak (Iowa) dec. Chris Heald, 4-1 Iowa, 26-3
Hwt -- #2 Adam Coon(U-M) dec. #3 Bobby Telford, 3-3 TB2 Iowa, 26-6

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)

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