Nov. 17, 2013
N O T E S
The Wolverines improved to 6-1 in the all-time series against Oregon State.
Michigan has won each of its last home openers, dating back to the 2010-11 season.
Michigan outscored the Beavers, 79-46, in the contest. U-M did not give up a loss of more than two points.
Fifth-year senior Eric Grajales is 2-1 against Oregon State's Scott Sakaguchi. They split two matches last season with Sakaguchi winning 9-6 in the early-season dual and Grajales taking the National Duals meeting, 6-4.
Freshman Adam Coon dropped his last meeting with Amarveer Dhesi, falling 4-1, 4-0, in the 120kg freestyle final of the FILA Junior Championships.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Joe McFarland
On bouncing back from the loss yesterday ... "We didn't wrestle very well yesterday. Sometimes you struggle that first time out of the gate. We made a lot of mistakes yesterday, and that was frustrating because we've had such a good fall of training. We cleaned it up a lot today. We set the pace in a lot of these matches, which we know is really important. That's the style of wrestling we want to see -- set the pace and score the points. We did a really good job with that today."
On Eric Grajales' win at 149 pounds ... "Eric went out, jumped on it right away and got after it. He didn't do a good job with that yesterday. He found himself behind in those matches and was a little flat-footed. But he did a much better job with it today, and it really paid off for him."
On the newcomers in the lineup ... "Both [Conor Youtsey and Adam Coon] are very good competitors. They want to win, and they're focused and don't allow a lot of distractions to get in the way. I think these guys are going to get better and better with more experience. But it's great to see these young guys getting off to great starts and winning big matches for us."
U-M Fifth-Year Senior Eric Grajales
On rebounding from a tough opening day yesterday ... "It feels a lot better. I had a rough day yesterday. But I knew that should be an outlier and not something that's a common occurrence. So, I knew I needed to come out right away and do what I was capable of. Often when it's a close matchup, it's easy to get caught on your heels and wait for your opponent to create some action."
U-M Sophomore/Freshman Conor Youtsey
On Michigan's win ... "It's a big win for us. We've been busting our butts in the room and pushing so hard. It was disappointing coming off that loss to Kent State -- but they're a tough team -- but we bounced back. That's what our coaches preach all the time. We had some fire in us today."
On setting the tone in the dual ... "Wrestling is an individual sport, but the team is always in the back of my mind. I'm always trying to get more points for the team. So, starting off with a big win and getting the team elevated and excited, that's important to me and something I've always tried to commit myself to. It's a good start so far."
U-M Freshman Adam Coon
On starting in his first collegiate season ... "It's just a great experience to get this kind of competition as a true freshman. I want to go out there and wrestle the way the coaches think I can wrestle. I want to wrestle as hard as I can. It's a great feeling."
On his mindset going into the third period ... "I knew that he had great conditioning. He's a great wrestler, and he's beaten me before. I knew that he'd continue to attack, so I couldn't settle in or coast the rest of the match. So, I just kept pushing as hard as I could to get the win."