Wolverines Crown Three Champs at MSU Open
Nov. 2, 2014

Adam Coon

Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
Event: Michigan State Open
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Nov. 9 -- host Maize & Blue Intrasquad (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan wrestling team crowned three individual champions and placed 12 among the top seven of their respective weight classes in its 2014-15 debut at the Michigan State Open on Sunday (Nov. 2) at Jenison Field House.

Sophomore Adam Coon captured the heavyweight title in the open division, while freshmen Alec Pantaleo and Davonte Mahomes claimed freshman/sophomore titles at 149 and 174 pounds, respectively, in their collegiate debuts.

Coon, who enters the season after a successful summer campaign that featured two junior world bronze medals, posted a 4-0 record with three bonus victories, including a fall against Tiffin's Garrett Grey in the championship match. After a scoreless first period, Coon earned a takedown midway through the second before rolling Grey at the 3:45 mark. In his two bouts that went the duration, Coon outscored his opposition, 20-3. It is his second straight MSU Open title.

Pantaleo posted a 5-0 record en route to his 149-pound crown, earning three major decisions, including a 13-4 win over Ohio's Cullen Cummings in the championship match. He scored six takedowns in the finals, including three in the first period, and accumulated 2:05 riding-time advantage. He needed extra time to knock off Central Michigan's Justin Oliver, 5-3, in semifinals, finishing on a takedown early in the second sudden-victory frame. In all, Pantaleo outscored his opposition, 51-15, in his first collegiate tournament.

Mahomes also posted a 5-0 record to capture a 174-pound in his collegiate debut. The Wolverine rookie used an overtime takedown to defeat Navy's Jadaen Bernstein, 6-4, in the championship match. He rallied from an initial deficit, scoring a takedown in the waning seconds of the first period and, after trading escapes in the second and third, struck immediately in the sudden-victory frame to seal the win. Like Pantalo, Mahomes earned three major decisions in the tournament, outscoring his opposition, 63-24.

The Wolverines had four additional finalists -- junior Rossi Bruno at 133 pounds, sophomore Brian Murphy at 157, Taylor Massa at 165 and Garrett Sutton at 165 in the freshman/sophomore division. All four dropped narrow decisions of three points or less, most notably Murphy, who fell to Ohio State's Josh Demas, 1-0, on a controversial first-period penalty point.

Fifth-year senior Max Huntley rounded out Michigan's top finishers with a third-place finish at 197 pounds. Huntley posted a 4-1 record -- with two falls and a major decision -- in his first competition since a season-ending injury last December.

U-M will set its 2014-15 starting lineup at its annual Maize and Blue Intrasquad next Sunday (Nov. 9) at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. The event -- the Wolverines' only home event this semester -- is free to the public.


Open Division

125 Pounds - Conor Youtsey
First Round - dec. Joseph Wheeling (West Virginia), 9-3
Quarterfinals - dec. Aaron Assad (Purdue), 4-2
Semifinals - dec. by Stevan Micic (Northwestern), 6-3
Third Place - dec. by Zeke Moisey (West Virginia), 11-8
Finished in fourth place with a 2-2 record

125 Pounds -- Cory Lester
First Round - Bye
Quarterfinals - major dec. by Stevan Micic (Northwestern), 16-6
Consolations - dec. by Ian Ross (Lake Erie College), 3-2
Eliminated with a 0-2 record

133 Pounds - Rossi Bruno
First Round - Bye
Second Round - tech. fall Tom Szymula (Notre Dame College), 16-1
Quarterfinals - dec. Kyle Ayersman (Purdue), 3-2
Semifinals - dec. Javier Gasca (Michigan State), 9-3
Final - dec. by Zane Richards (Illinois), 5-2
Finished in second place with a 3-1 record

133 Pounds - George Fisher
First Round - major dec. Luke Schroeder (Purdue), 14-4
Second Round - dec. Brett Yarbrough (Indiana Tech), 6-2
Quarterfinals - dec. by Zane Richards (Illinois), 6-1
Consolations - dec. Anthony Ayers (Notre Dame College), 10-5
Consolations - dec. Jordan Northrup (Northern Illinois), 6-3
Fifth Place - dec. by Kyle Ayersman (Purdue), 2-0
Finished in sixth place with a 4-2 record

149 Pounds - Aaron Calderon
First Round - major dec. by James Dekrone (West Virginia) 9-0
Consolations - dec. by Goebel Nic (Findlay), 6-4
Eliminated with a 0-2 record

149 Pounds - Angelo Latora
First Round - major dec. Gideon Van Hook (Indiana), 10-1
Second Round - dec. Shawn Fayette (Northern Illinois), 7-2
Quarterfinal - dec. by Tyler Ponte (Columbia), 5-4 TB
Consolations - dec. by Connor Sutton (Columbia), 4-2
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

149 Pounds - Jordan Amine
First Round - Bye
Second Round - dec. Goebel Nic (Findlay), 9-3
Withdrew with a 1-0 record

149 Pounds - Cody VanderHagen
First Round - dec. by James Jenkins (Notre Dame College), 3-1
Consolations - pinned by Justin Stitzlein (Ohio), 0:18
Eliminated with a 0-2 record

157 Pounds - Brian Murphy
First Round - major dec. by Matt Pasqualini (Michigan State), 9-1
Second Round - dec. Jordan Cowell (Findlay), 4-0
Quarterfinals - dec. Randy Languis (Ohio State), 7-0
Semifinals - dec. Markus Scheidel (Columbia), 3-1 SV
Final - dec. by Josh Demas (Ohio State), 2-1
Finished in second place with a 4-1 record

157 Pounds - Jake Salazar
First Round - dec. Austin Culten (Northern Illinois), 6-0
Second Round - dec. Travis Curley (Michigan State), 3-2
Quarterfinals - dec. by Markus Scheidel (Columbia), 7-3
Consolations - dec. Joe Cozart (Lindsey Wilson), 8-5
Consolations - dec. by Randy Languis (Ohio State), 2-0
Finished in seventh place with a 3-2 record

165 Pounds - Taylor Massa
First Round - pinned Tim Wheeling (West Virginia), 4:53
Second Round - pinned Nicholas Skonieczny (Findlay), 2:41
Quarterfinals - major dec. Devan Marry (Eastern Michigan), 10-2
Semifinals - dec. Harrison Hightower (Ohio), 3-1
Final - dec. by Bo Jordan (Ohio State), 4-1
Finished in second place with a 4-1 record

174 Pounds - Ben Ralston
First Round - dec. by John Keck (Navy), 8-5
Consolations - major dec. Andrew Konovalchik (West Virginia), 9-0
Consolations - dec. by Jacob Morrissey (Purdue), 9-3
Eliminated with a 1-2 record

174 Pounds - Connor Brancheau
First Round - Bye
Second Round - major dec. by Johnny Sebastian (Northwestern), 10-2
Withdrew with a 0-1 record

174 Pounds - Ernest Battaglia
First Round - dec. by Trace Engelkes (Northern Illinois), 8-3
Consolations - dec. by Dylan Zivcic (Lake Erie College), 9-2
Eliminated with a 0-2 record

174 Pounds - Jeff Holm
First Round - Bye
Second Round - dec. by Cody Walters (Ohio), 3-2
Consolations - dec. by Jacob Morrissey (Purdue), 2-0
Eliminated with a 0-2 record

174 Pounds - Brandon Hill
First Round - dec. Alex Bergman (Navy), 5-2
Second Round - injury def. over Jacob DaVis (Eastern Michigan), 1:06
Quarterfinals - dec. by Chad Welch (Purdue), 3-1
Consolations - dec. by Jacob Morrissey (Purdue), 4-2
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

184 Pounds - Ayoola Olapo
First Round - Bye
Second Round - dec. Joshua Fox (Ohio State), 6-2
Quarterfinal - major dec. by Joey Davis (Notre Dame College), 16-5
Consolations - dec. by Jake Cramer (Tiffin), 6-4
Eliminated with a 1-2 record

197 Pounds - Max Huntley
First Round - pinned Craig Thomas (Ohio State), 1:47
Second Round - pinned Kyle O`Donnell (Ohio), 1:24
Quarterfinals - dec. Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois), 7-4
Semifinals - dec. by Kyle Snyder (Ohio State), 10-5
Final - major dec. Paul Rands (Navy), 13-5
Finished in second place with a 4-1 record

197 Pounds - Chris Heald
First Round - Bye
Second Round - dec. Matthew O`Hara (Ohio State), 7-2
Quarterfinals - dec. by Phillip Wellington (Ohio), 3-2
Consolations - dec. Jacob Berkowitz (Northwestern), 3-2
Consolations - dec. Matt Idelson (Columbia), 3-2
Fifth Place - dec. by Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois), 10-5
Finished in sixth place with a 3-2 record

Heavyweight - Adam Coon
First Round - Bye
Second Round - major dec. Garrett Ryan (Columbia), 11-1
Quarterfinals - injury def. Tyler Kral (Purdue)
Semifinals - dec. Chris Nash (Michigan State), 9-2
Final - pinned Garrett Grey (Tiffin), 3:45
Finished as heavyweight champion with a 4-0 record

Heavyweight - Payne Hayden
First Round - dec. by Garrett Grey (Tiffin), 9-4
Consolations - dec. by Garrett Ryan (Columbia), 8-2
Eliminated with a 0-2 record

Freshman/Sophomore Division

141 Pounds -- Zac Hall
First Round - pinned Hugh Brayton (unattached), 1:41
Second Round - pinned by Coby Fehr (Notre Dame College), 6:59
Consolations - injury def. Conner Nemec (Lake Erie College), 1:59
Consolations - major dec. Robert Humphrey (Indiana Tech), 19-5
Consolations - dec. by Cody LeCount (Central Michigan), 3-2 TB2
Eliminated with a 3-2 record

141 Pounds - Zehlin Storr
First Round - dec. Josua Evans (Eastern Michigan), 9-4
Second Round - dec. Collin Mitchell (Central Michigan), 11-6
Quarterfinal - dec. by Michael Olsen (Notre Dame College), 6-4 SV
Consolations - dec. Kyle Abdellatif (Michigan State), 9-7 SV
Cons. Semi - dec. by Noah Forrider (Ohio), 7-2
Finished in seventh place with a 3-2 record

141 Pounds -- Hunter Sharf
First Round - dec. Conner Nemec (Lake Erie College), 9-3
Second Round - dec. by Brock Ervin (Illinois), 11-4
Consolations - major dec. Sale Marandino (Ohio State), 10-0
Consolations - pinned by Kyle Abdellatif (Michigan State), 3:22
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

149 Pounds -- Alec Pantaleo
First Round - dec. Ryan Skonieczny (Findlay), 8-1
Second Round - major dec. George McGuire (unattached), 11-3
Quarterfinals - major dec. John Weldon (unattached), 14-4
Semifinals - dec. Justin Oliver (Central Michigan), 5-3 SV2
Final - major dec. Cullen Cummings (Ohio), 13-4
Finished as 149-pound champion with a 5-0 record

149 Pounds -- Malik Amine
First Round - dec, Mark Bozzo (Michigan State) (Dec 4-1)
Second Round - dec. Corey Wilding (Navy) (Dec 7-5)
Quarterfinals - dec. by Steve Bleise (Northern Illinois), 5-3
Consolations - dec. by Kaelan Richards (Michigan State), 3-2
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

165 Pounds -- Garrett Sutton
First Round - pinned Steve Straka (Harper College), 4:05
Second Round - dec. Isaac Bast (Kent State), 7-6
Quarterfinals - major dec. Michael Coleman (Navy), 9-1
Semifinals - pinned Jerald Spohn (Kent State), 2:33
Final - dec. by Austin Reese (Ohio), 3-0
Finished in second place with 4-1 record

174 Pounds -- Davonte Mahomes
First Round - major dec. Rhodes Bell (Lindsey Wilson), 16-5
Second Round - dec. Drew Garcia (Finger Lakes WC), 2-1
Quarterfinals - major dec. over Garret Edwards (Muskegon CC), 17-6
Semifinals - major dec. Tony Dailey (Team Dailey), 22-8
Final - dec. Jadaen Bernstein (Navy), 6-4 SV
Finished at 174-pound champion with a 5-0 record

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