Wolverines Rout In-State Foe Central Michigan

Nov. 25, 2014

Domenic Abounader
Domenic Abounader

Notes & Quotes

Site: Mount Pleasant, Mich. (McGuirk Arena)
Scores: #16 Michigan 30, Central Michigan 3
Records: U-M (2-1), CMU (1-4)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Dec. 5-6 -- at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Las Vegas, Nev.), 9 a.m. PST

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team claimed nine of 10 matches to roll to a dominant 30-3 victory over in-state rival Central Michigan on Tuesday evening (Nov. 25) at McGuirk Arena. The Wolverines closed the dual with back-to-back technical falls from its captains at 197 pounds and heavyweight.

Fifth-year senior Max Huntley and sophomore Adam Coon earned similar 24-9 technical falls in the final two matches. Huntley, ranked 13th in the latest InterMat poll, scored 11 takedowns, including four apiece in the second and third periods, and rode for 3:13 in time advantage against Austin Severn at 197 pounds. The tech fall was the first of Huntley's collegiate career.

Coon, ranked fourth nationally, exploded in the third period to claim his first collegiate tech fall against Newton Smerchek at heavyweight. The offensive surge followed a CMU counter takedown out of a flurry early in the second period; Coon escaped and scored to close out the second before finishing on six third-period takedowns. He drove Smerchek to his back on a late double leg, adding three near-fall points at the buzzer.

The Wolverines opened the dual with consecutive decision wins at 125 and 133 pounds. Junior/sophomore Conor Youtsey shut out Brent Fleetwood, 4-0, in the former bout, scoring on a single leg midway through the first period and riding out the third period to accumulate 3:33 in time advantage. Junior Rossi Bruno, ranked ninth, fell just shy of bonus points in the subsequent bout, scoring two takedowns, three back points and 1:53 in riding time en route to a 10-3 win over Tyler Keselring.

Central Michigan picked up its only win at 141 pounds, where 12th-ranked Zach Horan used two takedowns to edge sophomore/freshman George Fisher, 5-2, in the latter's varsity debut. Fisher had a chance to even the score late but lost a wild scramble on the edge of the mat.

Michigan won the final six matches to seal the non-conference win. Freshman Alec Pantaleo claimed his first varsity win with a 10-5 decision over Colin Heffernan at 149 pounds, scoring four takedowns -- two apiece in the first and third periods.

Sophomore Brian Murphy and junior/sophomore Taylor Massa followed with decisions at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively. Murphy, ranked 11th, earned an 8-4 win over Malcolm Martin, scoring on takedowns in the first and third periods and riding for 1:14. Massa, ranked 11th, fell just short of bonus points with his 8-1 decision over former high school teammate Jordan Wohlfert. He jumped out to an early advantage with a head-in-the-hole takedown and two-point tilt before adding another takedown in the second and 2:26 in riding-time advantage.

Freshman Davonte Mahomes, ranked 18th, earned a 6-3 decision over Jordan Ellingwood at 174 pounds to remain unbeaten on the season. After a scoreless first period, Mahomes escaped quickly in the second and struck deep on a single-leg at the period buzzer. The Wolverines coaches challenged the no-call, and it was reversed to award Mahomes a takedown. He gave up a reversal in the third but added a takedown midway through the ice the decision. He improved to 8-0 in his collegiate career.

After missing the season's first two duals with injury, sophomore Domenic Abounader earned a 9-3 decision over Jackson Lewis in his season debut. Abounader, ranked 11th, scored two takedowns -- single legs in the first and second periods -- and added a three-point leg turk and 1:17 in riding-time advantage.

The Wolverines will take a break for the holiday before heading to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Competition is slated to begin at 9 a.m. PST each day.

#16 Michigan 30, Central Michigan 3
Individual rankings from InterMat

Match Score
125 -- Conor Youtsey (U-M) dec. Brent Fleetwood, 4-0 U-M, 3-0
133 -- #9 Rossi Bruno (U-M) dec. Tyler Keselring, 10-3 U-M, 6-0
141 -- #12 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. George Fisher, 5-2 U-M, 6-3
149 -- Alec Pantaleo (U-M) dec. Colin Heffernan, 10-5 U-M, 9-3
157 -- #11 Brian Murphy (U-M) dec. Malcolm Martin, 8-4 U-M, 12-3
165 -- #11 Taylor Massa (U-M) dec. Jordan Wohlfert, 8-1 U-M, 15-3
174 -- #18 Davonte Mahomes (U-M) dec. Jordan Ellingwood, 6-3 U-M, 18-3
184 -- #11 Domenic Abounader (U-M) dec. Jackson Lewis, 9-3 U-M, 21-3
197 -- #13 Max Huntley (U-M) tech. fall Austin Severn, 24-9 (7:00) U-M, 25-3
Hwt -- #4 Adam Coon (U-M) tech. fall Newton Smerchek, 24-9 (7:00) U-M, 30-3


• The Wolverines improved to 23-6 in the all-time series against Central Michigan. U-M has won four of the last five in the series.

• Tonight's win marked the second time in three duals this season that Michigan claimed nine of 10 individual bouts. The Wolverines opened the dual slate with a 28-3 win over Ohio at the EMU Duals (Nov. 15).

• Fifth-year senior Max Huntley and sophomore Adam Coon both earned their first collegiate technical falls tonight. Huntley boasts five bonus wins this season -- in eight total matches -- while Coon owns three bonus wins.

• Five Wolverines are undefeated in dual competition this season: Taylor Massa, Davonte Mahomes, Huntley and Coon are all 3-0, while Domenic Abounader is 1-0.

• Coon improved to 7-0 on the season, while Mahomes improved to 8-0. Both captured Michigan State Open titles to open the season.

• Sophomore/freshman George Fisher is the fourth Wolverine to make his varsity debut this season, joining sophomore/freshman Ayoola Olapo and freshman Alec Pantaleo and Mahomes.


Michigan Associate Head Coach Sean Bormet
On the Wolverine effort ... "I thought we wrestled really hard in every match. We forced the action in every match. I was really pleased with our effort. Obviously, we saw some areas that we can clean, but overall we had a great team effort.

On the captains' back-to-back technical falls ... "They're setting an example. They're wrestling hard throughout the whole match and trying to score as many points as they can, which is what it's really about."

On Domenic Abounader's return to the lineup from injury ... "I know Dom has been chomping at the bit, and I know he was really disappointed that his start to the season was delayed. So, I was excited to see him get out there and get a match under his belt. He had a similar start last year, and that bothered him. He worked really hard in his preparation over the summer and fall. He's excited to finally get started and be with his teammates."

On the Wolverines' true freshmen in the lineup ... "They're both extremely talented and very competitive. They're both learning -- the college style of wrestling, how hard you have to fight for every inch on the mat. They're figuring it out. They're both really special."

U-M Fifth-Year Senior Max Huntley
On his technical fall victory ... "These matches where I'm running the match and dominating, they're a chance to push myself for when I have those tough matches where it's going to come down to one or two takedowns. I'll have an edge, because I didn't slack off in these matches. I went out and got as many takedowns as I could and worked on my conditioning."

On the Wolverines' team performance ... "I think the team did well. There were a couple matches where we missed bonus points by just a point or two. So, we're close. We wrestled tough. It was great to have Dom [Abounader] back, and it was nice to follow him tonight. He's a guy I work with a lot in the room. We ended really strong tonight. I think that will continue to be a strength for us this season."

U-M Freshman Alec Pantaleo
On his match ... "I wrestled to win. I need to start wrestling to score more points. There were some opportunities to score more, where he was taking half shots and I could have acted on it. I came out with the win, but it wasn't how I wanted to wrestle. I'm going to correct it in the practice room, and the next time, I'll wrestle how I want to wrestle."

On his first varsity win ... "I'm very excited about it. I'm blessed. I already tweeted about. So, I'm happy tonight. Hopefully many more will come. I plan on it."

On the team win ... "This is a big dual in the state of Michigan. I think we made a statement. We're going to continue better throughout the year. We have a lot of potential, and I'm excited to see where we're going."

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