Nov. 18, 2011
N O T E S
With the victory, the Wolverines improved to 3-0 in the all-time series against Buffalo.
Michigan also improved to 58-30-2 all-time in season-opening dual meets. Under head coach Joe McFarland, U-M is 10-3 in its first dual of the season.
Both junior/sophomore Dan Yates and fifth-year senior Justin Zeerip improved to 5-0 on the season with their wins tonight. Fifth-year senior Kellen Russell is also 5-0 this season.
Sophomore/freshman Max Huntley has earned two pins in his first five matches this season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Assistant Coach Sean Bormet
On the Wolverines' post-match reflections ... "The overall message to the team was that there wasn't enough fire and effort out of the blocks to control position and get our attacks off. We need a consistent team effort in those areas in every match. I like that some of our upperweights were going after bonus points and going after falls. But throughout the team, there wasn't enough overall consistency."
On Michigan's standout performers ... "I think once Zac Stevens settled into changing levels and attacking, he did a great job of overwhelming his opponent and wrestling in combinations with the tenacity to score. I really liked that Justin Zeerip and Max Huntley were immediately looking for pins. As soon as they got on top, they went right to their pinning combinations. Ben Apland did a really good job continuing to score points. It was a higher opponent, but he did a really good job extending himself and continuing to score points throughout the match, looking for the major and looking for the fall. That's the effort we want to see consistently from everybody at every weight."
On the upperclassmen leading vs. Buffalo ... "I think at times you need to rely on your upperclassmen to set the tone. But we had some new personnel in the lineup for this dual meet, and we're watching close what kind of firepower they bring to the mat when they get their opportunities."
U-M Fifth-Year Senior Justin Zeerip
On his pin at 174 pounds ... "We were tied going into my match, so I really wanted to get us some bonus points to not only give us a lead but give us a bit of a gap. So, I was thinking bonus points for sure. I got to the near wrist right off the whistle, then I got it on his back. I'm pretty good in that position. I didn't get it the first time, but I knew it wore him out a little bit, so I went back to it. I call it a Cobra, I guess, where you pull the head in and stretch the arm across his back."
On his strong start to the season ... "I'm feeling confident right now. I've just got to keep believing in myself, keep going out there and attacking the whole time and just keep improving throughout the whole year."
U-M Sophomore/Freshman Max Huntley
On his match ... "I got that quick takedown, let him stand up, then put the claw in, picked him up, threw the turk and turned him for two points. I talked with Coach Pritzlaff before the match, and he said to get a takedown, get a minute riding time and then start looking for the fall. That's what I did. After I had my minute, I started looking for the pin. That's when I came out front and pinch his head. He came up, and I hit a body lock on him right to his back."
On returning to competition after a year off with injury ... "It's good to get back. It's a little hard being young at an upper weight class. There are a lot of older guys up there. But it's been good. I feel like the training we do and the work with the older guys really gets me ready for the tough matches. Last weekend was good to gauge we're I'm at against competition. It's different than just wrestling guys in the room. I should have another tough one tomorrow. It'll be good."