U-M Earns Seven Bonus Wins to Dominate No. 24 Oregon State
Myles Amine

Nov. 20, 2016

What You Need to Know
» No. 11 Michigan won eight individual matches, earning bonus points in all but one, to earn a dominant 38-7 road win against No. 24 Oregon State in the second annual Joe Wells Classic.
» Logan Massa (165 pounds) and Ernrest Battaglia (184) both earned second-period falls; it is the first collegiate dual win for Battaglia.
» Massa and Myles Amine (174) remain undefeated on the season with 8-0 records, while Brian Murphy (157) is a perfect 3-0.

Site: Corvallis, Ore. (Gill Coliseum)
Score: #11 Michigan 38, #24 Oregon State 7
Records: U-M (3-0), OSU (1-2)
Next U-M Match: Fri-Sat., Dec. 2-3 -- at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Las Vegas, Nev.), 9 a.m. PST

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team wrapped up its first road trip in dominant fashion, rolling over No. 24 Oregon State, 38-7, in the second annual Joe Wells Classic on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 20) at the Beavers' Gill Coliseum. The Wolverines earned bonus points in seven of their eight individual wins.

"Our guys just being aggressive, wrestling hard and really dictating the tempo and positions of these matches", said head coach Joe McFarland, "and that's a big key to wrestling. A lot of people call that intensity. We're showing great intensity, and these young guys are wrestling with a lot of confidence. It's been a great start to the season."

For the second time this weekend, the Wolverines clinched the dual win with three matches still remaining after scoring bonus points in each of its wins through 174 pounds. Michigan padded its lead with two more wins at the upperweights, including a second-period pin from senior/junior Ernest Battaglia for his first dual victory at 184 pounds. Battaglia led early against Bob Coleman after scrambling for a pair of first-period takedowns and blew the match open in the second, scoring on a quick reversal and two-point near fall before using a chin whip for the fall -- his first of the season -- at the 3:48 mark.

Sophomore/freshman Logan Massa, ranked seventh nationally in the latest InterMat poll, also earned a second-period pin against Rodney Williams at 165 pounds. He led 12-2 at the time after scoring three takedowns and a four-point tilt in the first period before using a feet-to-back bodylock to plant Williams at 3:36. Massa improved to 8-0 on the season.

Michigan also posted two major decisions and three technical falls. Sophomore/freshman Austin Assad, ranked 18th nationally at 125 pounds, kicked off the dual with a 12-2 win against Kegan Calkins, scoring two takedowns to rally from an initial deficit before tacking on four back points in the final 15 seconds to secure the bonus point.

Sophomore/freshman Stevan Micic, ranked 10th nationally at 133 pounds, also earned his second bonus win of the weekend with a 19-3 technical fall against Devan Turner, finishing on five takedowns -- three in the first period -- and adding a pair of four-point leg turks, including one at the second-period buzzer to end the bout at the 5:00 mark.

After a close Oregon State win at 141 pounds, the Wolverines earned back-to-back bonus wins from junior/sophomore Zac Hall and senior captain Brian Murphy at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively to claim an 18-3 advantage into the intermission break. Hall scored on four takedowns and a four-point leg turk late in the second to defeat Joey Delgao, 14-4. Murphy, ranked fifth nationally, only needed three minuts to earn a 16-0 technical fall against Abraham Rodriguez. He finished on a quick single leg then tilted Rodriguez four times for 14 back points.

Sophomore/freshman Myles Amine also earned a tech fall win -- his second bonus win of the weekend -- at 174 pounds, scoring five takedowns and six back points to defeat Weston Dobler, 18-3. He ended the bout at the 5:53 mark on a four-point tilt. Amine improved to 8-0 on the season with six bonus wins.

Sophomore/freshman Jackson Striggow earned a 5-2 decision against Corey Griego at 197 pounds to close out the Wolverines' win in the contest. Striggow scored on a first-period single leg and a two-point leg turk in the second.

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The Wolverines will take a week off competition over Thanksgiving before returning to action at the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wrestling will kick off at 9 a.m. PST each day at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

#11 Michigan 38, #24 Oregon State 7
Individual rankings from InterMat

Match Score
125 -- #18 Austin Assad (U-M) major dec. Kegan Calkins, 12-2 U-M, 4-0
133 -- #10 Stevan Micic (U-M) tech. fall Devan Turner, 19-3 (5:00) U-M, 9-0
141 -- #19 Joey Palmer (OSU) dec. Sal Profaci, 4-1 U-M, 9-3
149 -- Zac Hall (U-M) major dec. Joey Delgago, 14-4 U-M, 13-3
157 -- #5 Brian Murphy (U-M) tech. fall Abraham Rodriguez, 16-0 (3:00) U-M, 18-3
165 -- #7 Logan Massa (U-M) pinned Rodney Williams, 3:36 U-M, 24-3
174 -- Myles Amine (U-M) tech. fall Weston Dobler, 18-3 (5:53) U-M, 29-3
184 -- Ernest Battaglia (U-M) pinned Bob Coleman, 3:48 U-M, 35-3
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) dec. Corey Griego, 5-2 U-M, 38-3
Hwt -- Cody Crawford (OSU) major dec. Dan Perry, 15-3 U-M, 38-7

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