Notes & Quotes: #19 Michigan 30, Central Michigan 9

Dec. 15, 2013

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• Michigan improved to 22-6 in the all-time series against Central Michigan. The Wolverines have won three of the last four meetings against the in-state rival.

• U-M's 21-point margin of victory is the largest in the CMU series in 12 years, dating back to a 37-0 Wolverine win in 2000.

• The last time U-M posted three six-point victories in a dual was its 30-14 win over Duke last season. The Wolverines similarly recorded two pins and a forfeit in that match.

• Freshman Domenic Abounader will wrestle at 184 pounds this season in place of senior/junior captain Max Huntley, who is out for the year after suffering an injury last weekend in Las Vegas.

• Freshman Adam Coon's 14-0 record marks the best start for a Wolverine true freshman since two-time NCAA champion Kellen Russell started 18-0 in 2007-08.

• Senior/juniors Jake Salazar and Chris Heald both posted their first dual-meet victory of the season at 157 and 197 pounds, respectively.

• Senior/junior Collin Zeerip made his season dual debut at 174 pounds.


Michigan Assistant Coach Sean Bormet
On the Wolverines' dual performance ... "We started out with a couple close matches, where we just couldn't get our offense going. But after that, we got the train rolling. Guys were wrestling hard, scoring a lot of back points and a couple falls. It was a good way to finish off the dual."

On Eric Grajales' pin at 149 pounds ... "On the bench, we were telling our guys, 'We need to be initiating the offense.' I talked to Eric about that a little bit earlier. This was going to be the last time that he would wrestle against Central Michigan. It was important that he be dialed in and really ready to fire. We knew he was capable of pinning that guy. Eric did a good job of getting after him, softened him up in a couple of positions and then went for the pin. He did a very nice job."

On the plan for next week ... "We just need to keep building on the things we've been working on -- the mindset, the way they've been competing, some technical things we need to improve on. We only have a few more days with them then they've got a five-day break for Christmas, which is also important. They need to go home, recharge, see their families, train at their home location before we regroup for the Midlands."

On the Wolverine freshmen ... "These freshmen train really hard. Their mentality and the way they approach their training is really valuable to the entire team. That's a big reason why we recruited these guys. We know the way they train, the way they approach the sport -- that shows in their wrestling. They love to compete, they expect to win, they go out there with confidence, and I think that's been a real positive injection to the entire team."

U-M Freshman Domenic Abounader
On his preparation for his dual debut ... "Going into this match, working with the coaches and some of the guys in the room, my confidence continued to rise. I felt pretty good going into the dual. I felt like I was ready for the match. I'm been in atmospheres like this before, so I wasn't too nervous. I just went out there, wrestled and had a good outcome."

On the three true freshmen in the lineup ... "It was an honor that the coaches thought I was ready, and I was really excited for it. It was awesome to see how well they did last weekend in Vegas -- [Brian] Murphy competing with [Nebraska's James] Green and other ranked guys and [Adam] Coon winning it. Our freshman class is really close. I really love all those guys. They really helped me get my confidence up. We're freshmen, but at the same time, we're Division I varsity wrestlers. We just need to go out there and compete like it."

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