Pins Doom Wolverines in Loss at No. 17 Central Michigan
Eric Grajales

Nov. 6, 2012

Site: Mount Pleasant, Mich. (McGuirk Arena)
Score: #17 Central Michigan 21, #13 Michigan 16
Records: U-M (1-1), CMU (1-0)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Nov. 11 -- vs. Pittsburgh (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team claimed five individual matches but was doomed by a pair of falls in a 21-16 loss at No. 17 Central Michigan on Tuesday evening (Nov. 6) at McGuirk Arena

The Chippewas jumped out to a big early lead with a upset victory at 125 pounds, where Christian Cullinan overcame a late deficit to pin senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) at the 6:40 mark. Boyle, ranked 14th in the latest InterMat poll, just missed on a deep single-leg opportunity early in the first before finishing on his second attempt late in the frame. He was ridden out in the second but ran off Cullinan's time advantage to hold a one-point advantage late in the contest. The Chippewa wrestler shot in on a leg attack and drove Boyle to his back. As Boyle twisted to avoid the pin, the referee signaled the fall. The upset win provided CMU a nine-point swing.

Central Michigan extended its advantage with No. 2-ranked Scott Sentes' 8-6 decision win over freshman Rossi Bruno (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) at 133 pounds. Sentes scored on a pair of single-leg attacks in the first period and added a reversal early in the third, but Bruno cut the gap in the closing seconds, scoring off a front headlock late in the third to even the score before letting Sentes, who had riding time go. The Wolverine was unable to get in on another shot before the buzzer.

Sophomore/freshman Camryn Jackson (Lansing, Mich./Eastern HS) and senior/junior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) earned back-to-back decisions at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively, to put the Wolverines on the board. Jackson scored on a pair of first-period takedowns and secured an escape late in the third to edge Scott Mattingly, 5-4. Grajales used an escape and subsequent rideout to beat Donnie Corby, 3-2, in the first tiebreaker.

The Chippewas' Luke Smith rode out the entire third period to overcome an early deficit and defeat junior/sophomore Michael Carpenter (Bozeman, Mont./Bozeman HS), 3-2, at 157 pounds before U-M collected consecutive wins at 165 and 174 pounds.

Freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS), ranked seventh at 165 pounds, cruised to an 8-3 decision against No. 19-ranked Mike Ottinger, scoring on three takedowns -- two in the first period -- and building 2:38 in riding time. Massa nearly had Ottinger on his back at the end of the second and spent the entirety of the third on top looking for the pin but was unable to tack on back points.

Senior/junior Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) scored a bonus point at 174 pounds, using six takedowns and a reversal to beat Anthony Bill, 18-5. Yates, ranked 14th, went after the Chippewa wrestler in the third, tacking on three late takedowns before drawing a pair of points for stalling on bottom, to dominate the match from start to finish.

Yates' win gave U-M a narrow one-point lead on the scoreboard, but CMU stole in back with a first-period pin from fifth-ranked Ben Bennett at 184 pounds.

Junior/sophomore Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy), ranked 19th, claimed a 6-3 decision over Jackson Lewis at 197 pounds, scoring on takedowns in the first and second periods and accumulating 1:59 in time advantage. Central Michigan responded again, however, with a narrow 4-0 decision from fourth-ranked Jarod Trice at heavyweight. Sophomore/freshman Justin Dozier (Woodhaven, Mich./Woodhaven HS) kept the final match close, but pulled away with a late takedown in the second period before adding a third-period rideout.

The Wolverines will return home on Sunday (Nov. 11), hosting No. 18-ranked Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. Michigan will hold a free pre-meet clinic, headlined by former U-M greats Ryan Bertin (2002-05) and Ryan Churella (2003-06), from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Keen Arena.

#18 Central Michigan 21, #13 Michigan 16
Individual rankings from InterMat

Match Score
125 -- Christian Cullinan (CMU) pinned #14 Sean Boyle, 6:40 CMU, 6-0
133 -- #2 Scotti Sentes (CMU) dec. Rossi Bruno, 8-6 CMU, 9-0
141 -- Camryn Jackson (U-M) dec. Scott Mattingly, 5-4 CMU, 9-3
149 -- #11 Eric Grajales (U-M) dec. Donnie Corby, 3-2 TB CMU, 9-6
157 -- Luke Smith (CMU) dec. Michael Carpenter, 3-2 CMU, 12-6
165 -- #7 Taylor Massa (U-M) dec. #19 Mike Ottinger, 8-3 CMU, 12-9
174 -- #15 Dan Yates (U-M major dec. Anthony Bill, 18-5 U-M, 13-12
184 -- #5 Ben Bennett (MCU) pinned #18 Jordan Thomas, 1:41 CMU, 18-13
197 -- #19 Max Huntley (U-M) dec. Jackson Lewis, 6-3 CMU, 18-16
Hwt -- #4 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Justin Dozier, 4-0 CMU, 21-16


• With tonight's loss, Michigan fell to 21-6 in the all-time series against Central Michigan. The Chippewas snapped a two-match U-M win streak in the series.

• Junior/sophomore Michael Carpenter made his collegiate dual debut at 157 pounds. He is the seventh different Wolverine wrestler to compete in his first career dual meet this season.

• The Wolverines' five individual winners all improved to 2-0 on the season.

• Senior/junior Dan Yates has earned bonus points in both of his matches this season, scoring a pin in the opener against Olivet (Nov. 1) and tonight's major decision.


Michigan Assistant Coach Donny Pritzalff
On the team performance ... "Overall, I felt like we outwrestled them at eight out of 10 weights. I was happy with the way our guys wrestled. The result wasn't what we wanted it to be, but we outperformed them. We had them on their heels in nearly every match. There are no moral victories in wrestling -- you win or you lose -- but we're not hanging our heads. It's November 6th. This team is only going to get better."

On the upset pin at 125 pounds ... "I felt like we outwrestled him the whole match at 125. Sean [Boyle] just stopped wrestling a little bit at the end, and something crazy happened. That happens sometimes. That's wrestling in November. That's something he'll learn from."

On other individual matches ... "At 133, we gave up two quick takedowns, but I thought Rossi [Bruno] took it to him. He got out on bottom, which was big for him. Cam [Jackson] kept the pedal down and controlled the whole match and got out of some tough situations. That was a good win against a solid guy. Dan Yates and Taylor Massa looked great. They punished their opponents, embarrassed them in front of their home crowd. That's Michigan wrestling."

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