Feb. 16, 2014
N O T E S
Michigan improved to 22-9-1 in the all-time series against Pittsburgh. The Wolverines have won each of the last two meetings.
The Wolverines faced teams ranked in the nation's top 15 in seven of their last eight duals, posting a 6-2 mark in those contests.
Michigan's five straight wins to open the dual was its best start in a dual since jumping out to a similar 15-0 lead against Indiana last season.
U-M failed to earn a bonus win for just the third dual this season.
Freshman Adam Coon has won each of five matches since suffering his first collegiate loss. He improved to 28-1 on the season. He is 10-1 against nationally ranked wrestlers this season, including a 7-1 mark against heavyweights currently ranked among the nation's top 10.
Coon has sealed three Michigan wins against top-10 opponents this season in the final match -- against No. 2 Minnesota, at No. 7 Nebraska and at No. 6 Pittsburgh.
Coon, sophomore/freshman Conor Youtsey and fifth-year seniors Eric Grajales and Dan Yates all posted double-digit dual wins. Coon led the team with a 14-1 dual record.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Assistant Coach Donny Pritzlaff
"I thought we got off to a great start. In those first five matches, we wrestled really hard and we wrestled tough. But we let our foot off the gas. I thought Conor [Youtsey] could have had a little harder pace. He held too many positions and didn't get enough leg attacks off, but when he shot, he scored. When Rossi [Bruno] shot, he scored. Eric [Grajales] got after it; Brian Murphy got after it. That was good to see."
On the heavyweight match ... "Adam [Coon] has been the glue. He's been our most consistent performer all season, getting W's every weekend. He got thrown to his back, he just rolls off and gets back points. He never took another step backward the rest of the match. It's just constant pressure until he cracks the other guy."
On the overall team effort ... "We thought we wrestled tough in a lot of spots. We wrestled better than we did last Friday at Nebraska, definitely better than we did last Sunday. We were after those guys, and we did a good job. We fought through a lot of tough situations, we controlled a lot of matches, and that's important. But moving forward, we're going to have to wrestle better to do well at Big Tens."
On winning in tightly-contested road duals ... "We've been in a lot of hostile environments lately. It was another road match today where the crowd was on them hard. It was senior night and they wanted to win. We really silenced them the first five matches, and then we let them back in a little bit. They've been able to handle a lot of this stress. The freshmen have really gown up a lot, and the older guys have been able to handle a lot of adversity. It seems like a lot of our matches have been really chaotic -- crazy calls, crazy individual matches -- and these guys have taken it in stride, grown up a lot, and hopefully that will help them when they get in big moments down the line."
On the training plan for the Big Ten Championships in three weeks ... "We'll get back and recover a little bit through the first week, get these guys feeling better. In the second week, we're going to push really hard. They're already battle tested, and they know how to step out and get the job done. In the third week, they're on spring break, so it'll be a lot of recovering and just preparation, feeling good and peaking."