Wolverines Blank Olivet in Season Opener
Dan Yates

Nov. 1, 2012


Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #13 Michigan 46, Olivet 0
Records: U-M (1-0), Olivet (0-1)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Nov. 6 -- at Central Michigan (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team opened its 2012-13 season in commanding fashion, shutting out Olivet, 46-0, on Thursday evening (Nov. 1) at Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines earned bonus points in nine of 10 matches, including three pins and one technical fall.

All five freshmen in the lineup were victorious in their collegiate dual-meet debuts. Freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) headlined the group with a third-period fall against Dan Fleet at 165 pounds, building a sizable lead on four takedowns and six back points before tossing Fleet for the pin at 5:30.

The Wolverines also earned pins from senior/juniors Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) and Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) at 149 and 174 pounds, respectively. Grajales gave up the first takedown to Gage Pederson in the opening seconds but shook off the Comet wrestler late in the period before settling into a headlock for the pin at 2:58. Yates scored on six takedowns -- three apiece in the first and second periods -- before putting Josh Crawford on his back late in the middle frame, ending the bout at 4:19. Michigan's two-year starter at 165 pounds, it was Yates' first match at the heavier weight class.

Senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) earned a dominant 18-2 technical fall over Payne Blanchard in his return to the lineup at 125 pounds. The Wolverine wrestler scored two takedowns and six back points -- on a pair of three-point tilts -- in the first period and added a quick reversal and another tilt to pad his lead to 13 points midway through the second. After earning a point on an illegal scissors around the head call, Boyle finished on a takedown out of a scramble to end the match at the 4:49 mark.

Freshman Rossi Bruno (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) and sophomore/freshman Camryn Jackson (Lansing, Mich./Eastern HS) claimed back-to-back major decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively, to win in their first ever appearances at Keen Arena. Bruno scored on three takedowns -- one in each period -- and earned a late three-point near fall to win 11-2, while Jackson converted on four double legs, including two in the final 20 seconds of the third to claim a 10-2 victory.

Michigan's other debut winners were junior/sophomore Jake Salazar (Midway, Utah/Wasatch HS), who scored seven takedowns, including three each in the first and second periods, en route to a 16-5 win at 157 pounds, freshman Jordan Thomas (Gowen, Mich./Greenville HS) at 184 and sophomore/freshman Justin Dozier (Woodhaven, Mich./Woodhaven HS) at heavyweight. Thomas defeated Andy Ottwenwess, 11-4, behind five takedowns -- three in the final period, while Dozier used three takedowns and five back points to cruise past Jake Ceslick, 12-2, in the last match. He added a double leg at the final buzzer to secure the bonus win.

Junior/sophomore Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy) earned a 14-3 major decision at 197 pounds, scoring three takedowns, a reversal and five back points while building 4:35 in time advantage, to round out the Wolverine effort.

Michigan returns to action next Tuesday (Nov. 6), heading to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to face intrastate rival Central Michigan at 7 p.m. at Rose Arena.

#13 Michigan 46, Olivet 0
Individual rankings from InterMat

Match Score
125 -- #15 Sean Boyle (U-M) tech. fall Payne Blanchard, 18-2 U-M, 5-0
133 -- Rossi Bruno (U-M) major dec. Kam Olsen, 11-2 U-M, 9-0
141 -- Camryn Jackson (U-M) major dec. Kenny Richmond, 10-2 U-M, 13-0
149 -- #11 Eric Grajales (U-M) pinned Gage Pederson, 2:58 U-M, 19-0
157 -- Jake Salazar (U-M) major dec. Kyle Witgen, 16-5 U-M, 23-0
165 -- #8 Taylor Massa (U-M) pinned Dan Fleet, 5:30 U-M, 29-0
174 -- #15 Dan Yates (U-M pinned Josh Crawford, 4:19 U-M, 35-0
184 -- Jordan Thomas (U-M) dec. Andy Ottenwess, 11-4 U-M, 38-0
197 -- #19 Max Huntley (U-M) major dec. Andrew Simpson, 14-3 U-M, 42-0
Hwt -- Justin Dozier (U-M) major dec. Jake Ceslick, 12-2 U-M, 46-0


• Tonight marked the first ever meeting between Michigan and Olivet.

• Michigan improved to 59-30-2 all-time in season openers, including 11-3 under head coach Joe McFarland.

• The Wolverines earned their first shutout win since defeating Northern Colorado, 42-0, on Jan. 2, 2009. It is Michigan's largest margin of victory in 12 seasons, dating back to a 48-0 win against Cleveland State at the 2001 Wendy's Classic.

• Freshmen Rossi Bruno, Taylor Massa and Jordan Thomas all made their official collegiate debuts in tonight's contest, while sophomore/freshmen Camryn Jackson and Justin Dozier and junior/sophomore Jake Salazar made their collegiate dual-meet debut.


Michigan Head Coach Joe McFarland
On the Wolverines' season-opening win ... "We didn't want to overlook and underestimate Olivet by any means, but this was a good opportunity for us to get out in front of our crowd for the first time and get some matches under our belts. We really wanted to do some of the things we've been working on -- dominating our opponent and scoring points. I think, for the most part, we did that. We did a lot of good things tonight, and we got off to a good start with our season. We had a couple opportunities at a couple weights to put guys away, and we didn't do it. We'll have to keep working on that and get a little better there."

U-M Senior/Junior Sean Boyle
On winning in his first match in more than a year ... "It was good to get out there in the live atmosphere -- it's definitely different than the practice room -- and it was good to get that first match behind me. It was a weight off the shoulders a little bit. I thought I had a good match. I really opened up and wasn't hesitant to get to any of my leg attacks. I want to approach every match this season the same way. I've got a couple tough matches coming up next week, so this one was a good tune-up."

U-M Freshman Taylor Massa
On his collegiate debut ... "It was my first college match here -- I'm just starting my career off at U-M -- so it was exciting for me. I thought I wrestled pretty well. There are some things that I've got to work on, like managing my weight and getting used to the one-hour weigh in. It's a big transition from high school to college, but I thought I did a pretty good job. Tonight was really good to get a win under everyone's belt, get us down to weight and get us back into that wrestling mode."

On his expectations for this season ... "My attitude is the same as it's always been; I want to be on the top of that podium. I know I have the coaching staff here to push me through. That's my goal. That's what I'm aiming for, and that's what I'm training for. All the training that we've done has been getting me ready to this point and getting me ready for the NCAA Tournament at the end."

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