Wolverines' Freshman Trio Earns Top-Four NCAA Finishes
Logan Massa

March 18, 2017

» Logan Massa (165 pounds) claimed third place, while Stevan Micic (133) and Myles Amine (174) both took fourth place in their NCAA Championships debut.
» Amine and Massa both earned bonus points in the medal round; Amine pinned Cornell's second-seeded Brian Realbuto at the 4:16 mark in his consolation semifinal, while Massa cruised to an 11-2 major decision against Wisconsin's fourth-seeded Isaac Jordan in his third-place match.
» The Wolverines climbed three spots, from 13th to 10th (47.5 points), on the final day of competition.

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Site: St. Louis, Mo. (Scottrade Center)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 10th Place of 69 Teams (47.5 points)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The University of Michigan wrestling team closed out the 2017 NCAA Championships with another successful round, as sophomore/freshmen Stevan Micic, Logan Massa and Myles Amine as earned top-four finishes on the third and final day of action on Saturday (March 18) in front of 18,953 fans at the Scottrade Center. The Wolverines used the session to surge three spots into 10th place (47.5 points) in the final team standings.

Massa bounced back from his semifinal loss with two wins in the consolation bracket to claim third place at 165 pounds. His 11-2 major decision over Wisconsin's fourth-seeded Isaac Jordan in the placing match all but locked up the Wolverines' second straight top-10 finish.

Massa used a big first period, with two takedowns and a two-point near fall, to cruise to his most lopsided of four wins against Jordan this season. He added another takedown in the third and accumulated 2:14 in riding-time advantage to secure the bonus point. He also scored three takedowns en route to a 10-4 decision against Oklahoma State's Chandler Rogers. Massa finished the season with a 32-3 record and an impressive 22 bonus wins.

Micic and Amine both knocked off higher-seeded opponents in the consolation semifinals before falling to the top seeds at 133 and 174 pounds, respectively, in their third-place matches.

Micic opened the day with a decisive 10-4 win against Oklahoma State's third-seeded Kaid Brock, striking quickly with two takedowns and a two-point near fall in the first period. He added another takedown in the second and accumulated 1:41 in riding-time advantage. Micic fell to Ohio State's top-seeded Nathan Tomasello, 5-2, in the third-place bout behind takedowns in the first and second periods. He wrapped the season with 29-7 season.

Amine picked up some big bonus points in his consolation semifinal, pinning Cornell's second-seeded Brian Realbuto at the 4:16 after building up a sizable first-period lead. He immediately took the Big Red wrestler to his back for four points off the opening whistle, and, when Realbuto went for a throw attempt midway through the second, Amine countered it, winning a short scramble on the mat to secure the fall. The Wolverine rookie fell to Arizona State's top-seeded Zahid Valencia, 15-5, in the third-place match; Valencia was the only opponent to beat Amine in the three-day tournament. The Wolverine finished the season with a 31-7 record.

It is just the second time in program history that Michigan placed multiple freshmen at the NCAA Championships and the first since Josh Churella and Eric Tannenbaum did so in 2005. The Wolverines have boasted 187 NCAA All-Americans in program history, including 11 freshmen and 55 over head coach Joe McFarland's 18-year tenure. Michigan has boasted at least one All-American in 24 of the last 26 seasons and put at least three on the podium each of the last three years.

Top 15 Teams (after Session V)

 1. Penn State      122
 2. Ohio State      106
 3. Oklahoma State   99
 4. Iowa             93
 5. Missouri         82.5
 6. Virginia Tech    63.5
 7. Minnesota        62.5
 8. Cornell          60.5
 9. Nebraska         59.5
10. MICHIGAN         47.5
11. Illinois         43.5
12. Wisconsin        39.5
13. Arizona State    39
14. Lehigh           36
15. Virginia         29.5

Michigan Results (Day 3)
Numbers listed are tournament seedings

133 Pounds -- #5 Stevan Micic
Consolations Semis - dec. #3 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State), 10-4
Third Place - dec. by #1 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State), 5-2
Finished in fourth place with a 5-2 record

165 Pounds -- #2 Logan Massa
Consolations Semis - dec. #9 Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma State), 10-4
Third Place - major dec. #4 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin), 11-2
Finished in third place with a 5-1 record

174 Pounds -- #9 Myles Amine
Consolation Semis - pinned #2 Brian Realbuto (Cornell), 4:16
Third Place - major dec. by #1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State), 15-5
Finished in fourth place with a 5-2 record

• Previous Results: Day 2 | Day 1

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