Wolverines Win Eight Bouts, Cruise to Road Victory at Stanford
Jordan Thomas

Nov. 18, 2012

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Site: Palo Alto, Calif. (Burnham Pavilion)
Score: #16 Michigan 26, Stanford 6
Records: U-M (4-1), Stanford (3-2)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 1 -- at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Las Vegas, Nev.)

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team wrapped up its West Coast road trip in decisive fashion, claiming eight matches, including each of the first seven, to earn a 26-6 victory against Stanford on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 18) at the Cardinal's Burnham Pavilion.

The Wolverines earned a pair of bonus points, including a 16-6 major decision from sophomore/freshman Camryn Jackson (Lansing, Mich./Eastern HS) at the dual's opening weight of 141 pounds. Jackson converted on six takedowns, including three in the opening frame, and a second-period reversal and accumulated 4:03 in riding-time advantage to defeat Josh Lauderdale and improve to 5-0 on the season.

Senior/junior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) and junior/sophomore Jake Salazar (Midway, Utah/Wasatch HS) bounced back from disappointing Friday losses to earn back-to-back decisions at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. Grajales, ranked 11th, took advantage of a high-scoring third period to defeat Timmy Boone, 13-6, in the former. He scored a first-period takedown and second-period reversal to build an early advantage and converted on three more attacks in the final frame to seal the match.

After a scoreless first period at 157 pounds, Salazar broke open his match against Kyle Meyer in the second, earning a quick escape before taking Meyer down and turning him for three points. The Wolverine wrestler added another takedown in the third to claim an 8-2 decision.

Freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) rolled to an 11-5 decision against Bret Baumbach at 165 pounds, scoring on four takedowns -- two apiece in the first and third periods -- and accumulating 3:02 in riding-time advantage. He gave up a reversal midway through the third period but escaped quickly and converted on another late leg attack to finish the match on top.

Senior/junior captain Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) earned Michigan's other bonus win at 174 pounds, posting a dominant 18-5 major decision against Thomas Kimbrell to remain unbeaten on the season. The Wolverine captain, ranked 14th, jumped out to a big lead with a pair of first-period takedowns and late three-point leg turk before adding three more takedowns in the third and building 3:54 in time advantage. He is 5-0 in duals with five bonus victories.

Freshman Jordan Thomas (Gowen, Mich./Greenville HS) and junior/sophomore Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy) earned back-to-back decisions after the intermission break to extend the Wolverines' advantage to 23-0. Thomas used three takedowns and 2:31 in riding time to cruise past Alen Yen, 7-2, at 184 pounds, while 20th-ranked Huntley scored on two takedowns -- one apiece in the first and third periods -- and secured a three-point tilt in the first to defeat Michael Sojka, 9-2, at 197 pounds.

With the Michigan victory already in hand, the Cardinal claimed two of the final three matches to narrow the final margin. Senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy), ranked 14th, secured a 7-2 decision against Evan Silver at 125 pounds, scoring on three takedowns, including two in the first period, and a second-period escape. It was Silver's first dual loss of the season.

The Wolverines will take a two-week break before heading to Las Vegas, Nev., for the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Competition is slated to begin at 9 a.m. PST each day.

#16 Michigan 26, Stanford 6

Match Score
141 -- Camryn Jackson (U-M) major dec. Josh Lauderdale, 16-6 U-M, 4-0
149 -- #11 Eric Grajales (U-M) dec. Timmy Boone, 13-6 U-M, 7-0
157 -- Jake Salazar (U-M) dec. Kyle Meyer, 8-2 U-M, 10-0
165 -- #10 Taylor Massa (U-M) dec. Bret Baumbach, 11-5 U-M, 13-0
174 -- #14 Dan Yates (U-M) major dec. Thomas Kimbrell, 18-5 U-M, 17-0
184 -- Jordan Thomas (U-M) dec. Alan Yen, 7-2 U-M, 20-0
197 -- #20 Max Huntley (U-M) dec. Michael Sojka, 9-2 U-M, 23-0
Hwt -- Dan Scherer (Stanford) dec. Justin Dozier, 3-2 U-M, 23-3
125 -- #14 Sean Boyle (U-M) dec. Evan Silver, 7-2 U-M, 26-3
133 -- Peter Russo (Stanford) dec. #19 Rossi Bruno, 9-4 SV U-M, 26-6


• With the victory, Michigan improved to 2-0 in the all-time series against Stanford.

• The Wolverines scored 30 takedowns to Stanford's four.

• Senior/junior Dan Yates and sophomore/freshman Camryn Jackson both improved to 5-0 on the season. Jackson owns two bonus wins -- two major decisions -- while Yates has scored bonus in all five matches, earning two pins and three major decisions.


Michigan Assistant Coach Donny Pritzlaff
On the team victory ... "I thought we wrestled pretty well overall. We definitely would have liked to have seen more bonus points. Most of their guys hung in there and really tried to just keep it close. That makes it difficult to wrestle sometimes. But we need to do a better job with our hand fighting and our setups. I thought our guys looked a little flat. We got together before the match and talked to them about getting the first takedown in every match and trying to get at least 30 takedowns. In most matches, we accomplished that, and as a team we scored 30 takedowns. We were just trying to get them to be a little competitive with each other. Overall, I thought did pretty good."

On standout individual performers ... "Camryn (Jackson) did a great job. He really got after it again. Dan (Yates) was close to getting a tech fall, and he really pushed the whole time to try to get it. He scored back points off of one of his takedowns. Dan and Camryn really led the way."

On earning two wins on the West Coast road trip ... "I'm happy that we got two team wins and a lot of these guys got wins on the trip. We're getting better as a program. Our guys understand the philosophy to attack, shoot and be aggressive. Overall, it was a good trip for us. I think these guys are a little worn down from the travel, so it will be good to get back."

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