Grajales, Coon Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals
Eric Grajales

March 20, 2014

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Site: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 1 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 13th Place (13 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 21 -- at NCAA Championships - Day 2 (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 10 a.m. CDT

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Fifth-year senior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) and freshman Adam Coon (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville HS) advanced to the quarterfinal round to headline the University of Michigan wrestling team's first day at the 2014 NCAA Championships on Thursday (March 20) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. With another five still alive in the wrestlebacks, the Wolverines sit in 13th place (13 points).

Grajales, seeded ninth at 149 pounds, claimed a wild 15-10 decision over Edinboro's eighth-seeded David Habat in the second round, taking advantage of big early lead before holding on in the third period. He scored on a pair of takedowns in the first period and hit a headlock for five points early in the second. Grajales earned bonus points in the morning session with a first-period fall against Kent State's Michael DePalma, cradling up the Golden Flash wrestler and pinning him at 3:32 to avenge an earlier-season defeat.

Coon, seeded fourth at heavyweight, won a pair of close decisions to advance to the quarterfinals in his NCAA tournament debut. He defeated Oklahoma's Ross Larson, 2-0, in the first round, scoring a quick escape in the second and riding out the third to earn 1:57 in time advantage. He used a second-period counter takedown to knock off Edinboro's 12th-seeded Ernest James, 3-2, in the evening second round, sprawling out of a high double shot and turn the corner to score.

Sophomore Rossi Bruno (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) and senior/junior Steve Dutton (Miller Place, N.Y./Rocky Point HS) sacrificed early leads against top-four-seeded opposition, dropping back-to-back second-round decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.

Bruno struck first against Edinboro's second-seeded A.J. Schopp, scoring a counter takedown a minute into the first, but the Fighting Scot wrestler rallied with a reversal, a third-period takedown and 3:52 in riding time to win 6-3. Bruno avenged an earlier-season loss against Cornell's 15th-seeded Mark Grey in the morning session, scoring takedowns in the first and second and accumulating 2:16 in time advantage.

Dutton, seeded 13th at 141 pounds, dropped a back-and-forth, 11-7 decision to Virginia Tech's Devin Carter in the second round. The wrestlers traded first-period takedowns before Dutton retook the lead with a quick second-period escape and subsequent double leg, but Carter responded in kind late in the frame and iced the match with another takedown late in the third. Dutton used a quick start -- two first-period high crotches -- to claim a 4-1 decision over Iowa's Josh Dziewa in the first round -- his third win over the Hawkeye this season.

Fifth-year senior Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS), seeded 13th at 165 pound, also fell in the second round, giving up a second-period pin against North Dakota State's fourth-seeded Steven Monk at 3:37. Yates took advantage of an early lead against North Carolina's John Staudenmayer in the first round, scoring two takedowns in the opening period and accumulating 2:39 in time advantage win 5-4.

After dropping disappointing first-round losses, sophomore/freshman Conor Youtsey (Parma, Mich./Mason HS) and freshman Domenic Abounader (Gates Mills, Ohio/St. Edward HS) bounced back in the evening wrestleback round to advance at 125 and 184 pounds, respectively.

Youtsey avenged an earlier-season loss to Hofstra's Jamie Franco with a first-period pin in the consolation bracket, scoring on a quick single leg to gain control before using a suck back to collect the fall -- his third of the season -- at the 2:14 mark. Youtsey was pinned himself by Pittsburgh's 15th-seeded Anthony Zanetta in the first round, sacrificing an early lead when he got caught in a tilt and pinned at the 3:43 mark.

Abounader cruised past Davidson's Donald Patrick, 8-1, in his evening consolation match at 184 pounds, scoring on a takedown in each period and riding for 2:54 time advantage. He converted on a counter single leg midway through the final frame to earn the eight-point margin but gave up a late escape to lose out on the bonus point. Abounader lost to Arizona State's Blake Stauffer, 4-1, in the first round on a counter takedown midway through the third period.

Freshman Brian Murphy (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North HS) was eliminated from the competition after posting a 1-2 record at 157 pounds. He earned a 6-2 pigtail win over Oklahoma's Justin DeAngelis, scoring on two third-period takedowns, before dropping back-to-back close decision losses. He led late in his evening wrestleback match against Edinboro's Johnny Greisheimer, securing a first-period counter takedown and riding for more than a minute, but the Fighting Scot wrestler evened the score with a reversal midway through the third and rode out the period to force overtime. He countered a Murphy attack in the sudden-victory frame, cradling up the Wolverine rookie to earn the fall at 7:29.

Michigan will return competition for the NCAA Championships' third session on Friday (March 21) at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The morning session begins at 10 a.m. CDT and will feature quarterfinal matches and continued wrestleback competition.

Top 15 Teams (After Day 1)

 1. Penn State      26.5
 2. Minnesota       21.5
    Oklahoma State  21.5
 4. Iowa            20.5
    Oklahoma        20.5
 6. Ohio State      19.5
 7. Edinboro        18
 8. Wisconsin       15.5
 9. Iowa State      15
10. Cornell         14
    Nebraska        14
    Virginia Tech   14
13. MICHIGAN        13
14. Oregon State    12.5
15. Pittsburgh      11.5

U-M Results (Day 1)
Numbers listed are tournament seedings

125 -- Conor Youtsey
First Round - pinned by #15 Anthony Zanetta (Pittsburgh), 3:43
Consolations - pinned Jamie Franco (Hofstra), 2:14
Consolations - vs. #16 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech)

133 -- Rossi Bruno
First Round - dec. #15 Mark Grey (Cornell), 8-5
Second Round - dec. by #2 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro), 6-3
Consolations - vs. Devon Lotito (Cal Poly)

141 -- #13 Steve Dutton
First Round - dec. Josh Dziewa (Iowa), 4-1
Second Round - dec. by #4 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech), 11-7
Consolations - vs. Nick Lester (Oklahoma)

149 -- #9 Eric Grajales
First Round - pinned Michael DePalma (Kent State), 3-2:
Second Round - dec. #8 David Habat (Edinboro), 15-10
Quarterfinals - vs. #1 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri)

157 -- Brian Murphy
Pigtail - dec. Justin DeAngelis (Oklahoma), 6-2
First Round - dec. by #13 Dylan Alton (Penn State), 5-1
Consolations - pinned by Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro), 7:29
Eliminated with a 1-2 record

165 -- #13 Dan Yates
First Round - dec. John Staudenmayer (North Carolina), 5-4
Second Round - pinned by #4 Steven Monk (North Dakota State), 3:37
Consolations - vs. Chris Moon (Virginia Tech)

184 -- #9 Domenic Abounader
First Round - dec. by Blake Stauffer (Arizona State), 4-1
Consolations - dec. Donald Patrick (Davidson), 8-1
Consolations - vs. #10 Kenny Courts (Ohio State)

Hwt -- #4 Adam Coon
First Round - dec. Ross Larson (Oklahoma), 2-0
Second Round - dec. #12 Ernest James (Edinboro), 3-2
Quarterfinals - vs. #5 Bobby Telford (Iowa)

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