Dec. 8, 2012
N O T E S
Today's dual between Michigan and Duke was the first meeting in the history of the programs. U-M improved to 13-0 in the all-time series against Eastern Michigan.
The Wolverines are 4-0 in home duals this season.
Sophomore/freshman Camryn Jackson is a perfect 7-0 in dual competition, while senior/junior captain improved to 6-0.
Junior/sophomore John Evashevski and sophomore/freshman Brandon Hill made their collegiate dual debuts at 149 and 174 pounds, respectively. Michigan has had nine different wrestlers make their varsity debuts this season.
Fifth-year senior Ben Apland made his season dual debut after missing the first five duals with injury. In his season debut, Apland posted a 2-2 record at last weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. He already owns three pins on the season.
Q U O T E SMichigan Assistant Coach Sean Bormet
On the Wolverines bouncing back from last weekend ... "Our guys did a good job. They got back and got a little recovery from Las Vegas. Some guys weren't as 100 percent, but they focused on the things they needed to do to get out there and wrestle -- and learn how to wrestle through some adversity. These guys are good enough to wrestle and win even when they're not 100 percent. It was good to see them focus and get it done today."
On sitting out several starters in the first dual ... "We've had a lot of guys in our room who are putting the time in and training hard. When we have opportunities to put some of those guys in, we need to get them match varsity experience."
On the return of heavyweight Ben Apland ... "It's great to have Ben back in the lineup. Justin Dozier did a great job for us, and he's going to continue to see match time. But Ben is starting to get into a rhythm. Coming back last weekend in Las Vegas, he had some minutes where he wrestled really well and some minutes where he wasn't flowing very well. So, I think from match to match we will continue to see him improve. I think today was a good day to see him get some pins and work on top. I'm looking forward to helping him continue to get back to 100 percent."
U-M Fifth-year Senior Ben Apland
On his performance today ... "I thought I did pretty good. One thing I wanted to focus on, especially after Las Vegas, was staying where I'm good and comfortable -- not trying to do anything fancy. That helped me feel good throughout the week despite a few small dings, and I think it showed in these matches."
On returning from injury ... "From a health standpoint, I feel fine. The thing I'm really working on is regaining that competition mentality of being completely 100 percent wrestling mode. It was hard not being on the mat for six months, and I think it's still showing a little bit in some places. But after this second weekend, it's starting to iron itself out a bit."