Wolverines Crown Four Champions at Season-Opening EMU Open
Domenic Abounader

Nov. 5, 2016

What You Need to Know
» Austin Assad (125 pounds), Logan Massa (165), Myles Amine (174) and Domenic Abounader (184) captured individual titles at the Eastern Michigan Open.
» Michigan boasted eight total placewinners; Stevan Micic (133) and Sal Profaci (141) claimed third place, while Jackson Striggow (197) took fourth and Zac Hall (Hwt) claimed seventh.
» Massa outscored his 165-pound opposition, 72-20, with three bonus wins en route to his 5-0 record.
» Amine avenged his only two losses from last season, defeating Central Michigan's Christian Brucki, 13-6, in the 174-pound championship match.

Site: Ypsilanti, Mich. (Convocation Center)
Event: Eastern Michigan Open
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 11 -- vs. Virginia (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The University of Michigan wrestling team crowned four champions and boasted eight total placewinners in its 2016-17 debut at the Eastern Michigan Open on Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Eagles' Convocation Center.

Sophomore/freshman Austin Assad captured the 125-pound title, before sophomore/freshmen Logan Massa and Myles Amine and senior captain Domenic Abounader earned the top prize at three consecutive weights -- 165, 174 and 184 pounds. It is the first event in a Michigan singlet for the three freshmen.

Assad posted a perfect 5-0 record en route to the 125-pound title, opening the tournament with back-to-back major decisions and outscoring in opposition, 38-8. He defeated Central Michigan's Brent Fleetwood, 5-3, in the championship match after hitting a late reversal in the tiebreaker set. Assad placed in all four of his open-tournament appearances last season with three titles.

Massa, ranked eighth in the preseason InterMat poll, repeated as the 165-pound EMU Open champion, cruising to a 5-0 record and outscoring his opposition, 72-20, with three bonus wins. Massa defeated Michigan State's Drew Hughes, 8-4, in the championship match after finishing on four first-period takedowns. Massa claimed two open-tournament titles last season before taking second at the Southern Scuffle.

Amine also went 5-0 en route to the 174-pound title, earning two pins and a major decision to cruise in the preliminary rounds. He avenged his only two losses from a season ago with a 13-6 decision against Central Michigan's Christian Brucki in the championship bout. Amine scored five takedowns in the bout -- two apiece in the first and third periods -- and rode for 2:11. It was his second career open tournament crown.

Abounader, ranked eighth nationally at 184 pounds, similarly rolled in the preliminary rounds with three straight bonus wins, including a second-round pin, before battling through a close championship match to beat Central Michigan's Jordan Ellingwood, 1-0, on a second-period escape. It was Abounader's first ever appearance at the EMU Open.

Sophomore/freshmen Stevan Micic and Sal Profaci both bounced back from semifinal losses to place third at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively. Micic, ranked eighth nationally, defeated Ohio's Mario Guillen, 16-3, in his third-place match on six takedowns and two back points, while Profaci took advantage of a quick start -- two first-period takedowns -- to beat Michigan State's Jwan Britton in his placing bout.

Sophomore/freshman Jackson Striggow placed fourth at 197 pounds and junior/sophomore Zac Hall took seventh at 149 pounds to round out the Wolverine placewinners.

The Wolverines will kick off the dual-meet portion of their 2016-17 season on Friday (Nov. 11), hosting Virginia at 7 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. Tickets are available through the Michigan Ticket Office.


125 Pounds --- Austin Assad
First Round - major dec. Julian Saldana (Michigan State), 14-4
Second Round - major dec. Brock Hudkins (Northern Illinois), 10-2
Quarterfinals - dec. Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan), 4-2
Semifinals - dec. Ben Thornton (Purdue), 5-3
Final - dec. Brent Fleetwood (Central Michigan), 5-3 TB
Finished as the 125-pound champion with a 5-0 record

133 Pounds -- Cory Lester
First Round - pinned Hunter Langeloh (Tiffin), 2:37
Second Round - major dec. by Luke Pletcher (Ohio State), 20-7
Consolations - major dec. Evan Hoshaw (Olivet), 19-6
Consolations - tech. fall by Alijah Jeffery (Northern Illinois), 15-0
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

133 Pounds -- Stevan Micic
First Round - Bye
Second Round - tech. fall Tepra Wright (Northern Illinois), 16-1
Quarterfinals - Luke Welch (Purdue), 10-4
Semifinals - pinned by Brendan Fitzgerald (Ohio State), 1:06
Third Place - major dec. Mario Guillen (Ohio), 16-3
Finished in third place with a 3-1 record

141 Pounds -- George Fisher
First Round - Dresden Simon (Central Michigan), 4-3
Second Round - tech. fall Aaron Kilburn (Tiffin), 15-0
Quarterfinals - dec. by Jwan Britton (Michigan State), 7-3
Consolations - dec. by Angel Velasquez (Northern Illinois), 4-3
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

141 Pounds -- Sal Profaci
First Round - major dec. Alex Hrisopoulos (Michigan State), 11-1
Second Round - pinned Aaron Rehfeldt (Ohio State), 0:50
Quarterfinals - major dec. Zach Blevins (Eastern Michigan), 9-1
Semifinals - dec. by Mason Smith (Central Michigan), 13-7
Third Place - dec. Jwan Britton (Michigan State), 7-4
Finished in third place with a 4-1 record

149 Pounds -- Zac Hall
First Round - dec. Trey Grine (Tiffin University), 4-1
Second Round - dec. Brent Fickel (Ashland University), 4-1
Quarterfinals - dec. by Jeremy Golding (Purdue), 5-1
Consolations - major dec. Nick Boggs (Lake Erie College), 18-5
Consolations - dec. by Steve Bleise (Northern Illinois), 3-1 SV
Finished in seventh place with a 3-2 record

149 Pounds -- Tyler Meisinger
First Round - dec. Jackson Gallagher (Indiana), 9-4
Second Round - dec. Gary Byas Iii (Ashland), 9-3
Quarterfinals - tech. fall by Micah Jordan (Ohio State), 16-0
Consolations - dec. by Ryan Deakin (Northwestern), 7-2
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

165 Pounds - Logan Massa
First Round - tech. fall Nick Vandermeer (Lake Erie College), 18-2
Second Round - major dec. Fritz Schierl (Ohio State), 11-1
Quarterfinals - dec. Dylan Lydy (Purdue), 8-1
Semifinals - tech. fall Logan Parks (Central Michigan), 27-12
Final - dec. Drew Hughes (Michigan State), 8-4
Finished as the 165-pound champion with a 5-0 record

165 Pounds -- Aaron Calderon
First Round - dec. by Darden Schurg (Wabash College), 11-10
Withdrew with a 0-1 record

174 Pounds -- Myles Amine
First Round - pinned Christian Price (Ashland), 5:57
Second Round - pinned Seth Williams (Ohio State), 0:53
Quarterfinals - major dec. Andrew McNally (Eastern Michigan), 18-4
Semifinals - dec. Trace Engelkes (Northern Illinois), 12-5
Final - dec. Christian Brucki (Central Michigan), 13-6
Finished as the 174-pound champion with a 5-0 record

184 Pounds -- Domenic Abounader
First Round - Bye
Second Round - pinned Chris Droege (Lake Erie College), 1:50
Quarterfinals - tech. fall Wesley Maskill (Michigan State), 15-0
Semifinals - major dec. Tyler Hughes (Lake Erie College), 10-2
Final - dec. Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan), 1-0
Finished as the 184-pound champion with a 4-0 record

197 Pounds -- Jackson Striggow
First Round - Bye
Second Round - tech. fall Charles Wells (Findlay), 16-1
Quarterfinals - dec. Blake Rypel (Indiana), 11-8
Semifinals - major dec. by Riley Lefever (Wabash College), 12-4
Third Place - dec. by Austin Severn (Central Michigan), 7-2
Finished in fourth place with a 2-2 record

Heavyweight -- Kostya Golobokov
First Round - Bye
Second Round - dec. by Garrett Gray (Tiffin), 6-2
Consolations - dec. Troy Caldwell (Ohio State), 7-2
Consolations - dec. Jesse Judge (Olivet), 5-4
Consolations - dec. by Gary Traub (Ohio State), 4-1 TB
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

Heavyweight - Dan Perry
First Round - dec. Jacob Perry (Tiffin), 2-0
Second Round - major dec. by Tyler Kral (Purdue), 10-2
Consolations - dec. by Jacob Aven (Purdue), 10-4
Eliminated with a 1-2 record

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