Dec. 11, 2011
N O T E S
Today's dual meet will re-air on the Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 14). Former Wolverine Tyrel Todd (2006-09) provided color analysis for the BTN.
Michigan improved to 27-22-1 in the all-time series against Wisconsin, dating back to the 1923-24 season. The Wolverines have won the last two in a row.
Both junior/sophomore Grant Pizzo and sophomore/freshman Max Huntley were victorious in their Cliff Keen Arena debuts today.
Fifth-year senior Justin Zeerip's 10-2 major decision against Wisconsin's Frank Cousins was his second in consecutive weekends. He also defeated Cousins, 11-1, in the quarterfinals at last weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 2-3).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Assistant Coach Donny Pritzlaff
On Michigan's performance ... "Overall, I didn't think we wrestled very well, didn't compete as hard as we should have, and we've got a lot of work to do. I felt like we should have been 5-0 going into the intermission, but we didn't wrestle hard enough. We had some favorable matchups in the second half. Those upperclassmen -- and Max Huntley, who is a freshman -- did a good job. They just competed a little harder and better. Not as hard as we want them to though."
On what U-M needs to improve ... "We want them to wrestle complete matches. We're still spotty. Sometimes it seems like guys stop wrestling and try to hang onto a lead instead of just trying to bury their opponent. That's the crowd wants to see and what our fans come out to see -- guys who are going to dominate all the way through."
On Michigan's standout performers ... "After we lost at 165, Justin Zeerip went out there and got a major decision. He's a fifth-year senior, so he should be doing that. But should be doing it and actually going out and doing it are two different things, so he's doing a better job. He's gotten a lot of bonus points in his matches; he's improving and getting better. I thought Max [Huntley] wrestled a complete match today. We want to see him scoring more, and against that guy, I could have scored more. But Justin and Max looked really good."
On facing his former school ... "I know all these kids on the Wisconsin team -- I know them well -- so it was a little uncomfortable at times. But it's all about helping Michigan to be the best. This is just a stepping-stone opponent to face other Big Ten competition."
U-M Senior/Junior Hunter Collins
On his last-second win at 184 pounds ... "I feel good. It didn't start out great, but I wrestled the whole time and able to get that win that the team really needed. I didn't really change anything; I was just constantly in my head but keeping pressure on him. He was very strong physically, so I knew that I'd have to just wear him down. Eventually, through the match, that's what happened."
U-M Junior/Sophomore Grant Pizzo
"Individually, I felt like I did really well. I was on my leg attacks and got the major for the team. As a team, we got the victory -- and we're always happy to get a win -- but overall we could have been attacking more. Coach really emphasized in the locker room that we need to be relentless on our feet, never stop attacking and get to our leg attacks early and often. I feel like we did a better job of that after the intermission."
U-M Sophomore/Freshman Max Huntley
On his overtime win ... "I was confident going into overtime. I wasn't shooting much throughout the match, and I was getting closer with my attacks. I felt like my conditioning was better, so I felt very confident going into overtime. I could hear the crowd; that was definitely great motivation. I wanted to score. I wanted to win for the crowd and keep that going. It's my first time wrestling in front of a Michigan crowd. It was awesome."