Seven Alive for U-M at Midlands Championships
Dan Yates

Dec. 30, 2012

Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Event: Midlands Championships (Day 1 of 2)
U-M Standing: 11th Place of 48 Teams (36.5 Points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Dec. 30 -- at Midlands Championships - Day 2 (Evanston, Ill.) noon CST

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior/junior captain Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) advanced to the 174-pound semifinal to headline the No. 12-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team first-day effort at the 50th annual Midlands Championships on Saturday (Dec. 29) at Welsh-Ryan Arena. With six additional wrestlers alive in the wrestlebacks, the Wolverines sit in 11th place with 36.5 points.

Yates, seeded fourth, earned bonus points in two of his three victories on the day, including a 9-1 major decision over Columbia's fifth-seeded Stephen West in the evening quarterfinal round. The Wolverine captain took advantage of a late five-point move, taking West straight to his back in the waning moments, to earn the necessary major-decision margin after riding time.

Yates also opened the day with a major decision, scoring five takedowns -- two apiece in the first and third -- to defeat Wisconsin's Scott Liegel, 12-4, in the first round. Yates, who improved to 13-0 on the season, guaranteed himself a top-six finish in his Midlands debut.

Michigan's six wrestlers in the consolation bracket need to win their first match in tomorrow's morning session to lock up a spot on the podium.

The Wolverine captain was joined in the quarterfinals by senior/junior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) at 149 pounds, freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) at 165 and junior/sophomore Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy) at 197. The latter two lost to the top-seeded wrestlers at their respective weights.

Seeded ninth at 165 pounds, Massa dropped an 8-3 decision to post-graduate Bekzod Abdurakhmanov, a 2012 All-American at Clarion, after giving up the early lead on a pair of first-period takedowns. Abdurakhmanov added a reversal in the second and rode out the third to seal the decision win.

Massa rallied in both of his morning-session bout, earning bonus points with a 13-3 major decision against Buffalo's eighth-seeded Mark Lewandowski in the second round. Lewandowski struck first on an early takedown, but Massa evened the score with a pair of escapes before taking the Bull wrestler to his back for five, adding another three-point turn in the second and finishing on a third-period counter takedown.

Huntley, seeded ninth, scored the first takedown but couldn't hang on in a 15-5 loss to 2011 NCAA champion Dustin Kilgore of Kent State, who stormed back with four takedowns, three back points and 2:52 in riding-time advantage.

Huntley needed extra time to knock off Virginia Tech's Derrick Borlie, 3-1, in the second round. After running out of time on a deep single-leg shot at the end of regulation, he exploded through a double-leg attack immediately in overtime, finishing on the shot just 11 seconds into the sudden-victory frame.

Grajales, seeded sixth at 149 pounds, dropped an 8-3 decision to Columbia's third-seeded Steve Santos in the quarterfinal round. Trailing by just two points, he started down in the third period when he was caught with an early suck back for three points. Santos rode out the period to ice the match.

Grajales opened the day with a pair of lopsided decisions, including a 6-0 shutout against North Carolina's Nick Heilmann in the second round. The Wolverine wrestler scored on a takedown in the first, rode out the second then added an escape and another takedown in the third, riding out the match to finish with 4:29 in time advantage.

Senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy), fifth-year senior Ben Apland (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South HS) and sophomore/freshman Justin Dozier (Woodhaven, Mich./Woodhaven HS) also remain alive in the consolation bracket after bouncing back from early losses at 125 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.

Boyle went 4-1 on the day and rebounded from with a second-round loss with back-to-back wins in the wrestlebacks, including a 9-0 major decision against Lehigh's Alex Abreu. The Wolverine wrestler scored a quick takedown and two-point near fall before adding reversals in the second and third periods to accumulate 5:33 in time advantage. Boyle closed the day with a 3-1 decision over Penn's 11th-seeded Mark Rappo on a second-period single leg and subsequent rideout.

Apland, seeded 11th at heavyweight, dropped a 3-1 overtime heartbreaker to Northern State's sixth-seeded Matt Mueleners, giving up a counter takedown early in the sudden victory after controlling the pace for the entirety of the match. He bounced back with two wrestleback wins, including a 7-3 decision -- his most lopsided win of the day -- against Northern Iowa's Blayne Beale in the final match of the evening session. Apland scored on takedowns in the first and third periods and accumulated 2:19 in riding time in that contest.

After dropping his opening bout, Dozier won three straight consolation heavyweight matches to advance to the second day. He earned bonus points with a 12-3 major decision against Stanford's Josh Marcok in his first wrestleback match, scoring a first-period takedown and eight back points. He closed the day with a last-second 3-1 decision against Maryland's Dallas Brown, spinning out of a single-leg attack on the edge to score the winning takedown at the final buzzer.

The Wolverines return to the mats tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 30) for the second and final day of competition at the Midlands Championships. The morning session, featuring the semifinals and continued wrestlebacks, is slated for a noon CST start at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The finals are scheduled for 7 p.m. CST. Those will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.

Top 15 Teams (After Day 1)
1. Illinois			61.5
2. Virginia Tech		61
3. Central Michigan	        49.5
4. Northwestern		        49
5. Lehigh			48.5
   Oregon State		        48.5
7. Oklahoma			41.5
8. Pittsburgh			40.5
9. Edinboro			39.5
10. North Dakota State	        38
11. MICHIGAN			36.5
12. Columbia			35.5
13. Binghamton			32.5
    Wisconsin			32.5
15. Northern Iowa 		31.5

Michigan Results (Day 1)

125 - Sean Boyle
Pigtails - dec. Max Rogers (Princeton), 6-1
First Round - dec. Ryan Jauch (Northern Iowa), 4-3 TB
Second Round - dec. by #3 Cory Clark (Iowa), 7-3
Consolations - major dec. Alex Abreu (Lehigh), 9-0
Consolations - dec. #11 Mark Rappo (Penn), 3-1
Consolation - vs. #5 Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota State)

133 - Rossi Bruno
First Round - dec. by #5 Ryan Mango (Stanford), 13-6
Consolations - major dec. Dalton Bullard (Elmhurst), 13-3
Consolations - dec. Josh Rodriguez (North Dakota State), 6-4
Consolations - dec. by Zane Richards (Illinois), 10-3
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

133 - Grant Pizzo
First Round - dec. by Joe Waltko (Clarion), 9-5
Consolations - pinned John Coukos (Northwestern), 6:41
Consolations - dec. by Logan Arlis (Illinois), 10-4
Eliminated with a 1-2 record

133 - Zebulon Hilyard
Pigtails - tech. fall by Derek Steeley (Binghamton), 16-1 (4:44)
Consolations - dec. by Garrison White (Northwestern), 7-3
Eliminated with a 0-2 record

149 - #6 Eric Grajales
First Round - dec. Ronnie Garbinsky (Pittsburgh), 8-3
Second Round - dec. Nick Heilmann (North Carolina), 6-0
Quarterfinals - dec. by #3 Steve Santos (Columbia), 8-3
Consolations - vs. Mitch Minotti (Lehigh)

157 - Michael Carpenter
Pigtails - dec. by Jake O'Hara (Columbia), 10-3
Consolations - dec. Ben Dorsay (Maryland), 8-7
Consolations - dec. by Troy Hernandez (Penn), 8-7
Eliminated with a 1-2 record

165 - #9 Taylor Massa
First Round - dec. Tyler Koehn (Nebraska), 11-8
Second Round - major dec. #8 Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo), 13-3
Quarterfinals - dec. by Bekzod Abdurakhmanov (Clarion WC), 8-3
Consolations - vs. #7 Tyler Wilps (Pittsburgh)

174 - #4 Dan Yates
First Round - major dec. Scott Liegel (Wisconsin), 12-4
Second Round - dec. Mikey England (Iowa State), 10-4
Quarterfinals - major dec. #5 Stephen West (Columbia), 9-1
Semifinals - vs. #9 Nick Brown (Lehigh)

184 - Jordan Thomas
First Round - dec. by #9 Mac Stoll (North Dakota State), 1-0
Consolations - dec. Victor Pozsonyi (Hofstra), 6-2
Consolations - dec. Scott Gibbons (Princeton), 3-1 SV
Consolations - dec. Chris Heald (Michigan), 3-1
Consolations - pinned by #6 Tony Dallago (Illinois), 0:47
Eliminated with a 3-2 record

184 - Chris Heald
Pigtails - dec. Drew Rebling (Columbia), 4-1
First Round - dec. Bryan Engdahl (Oregon State), 11-6
Second Round - major dec. by #3 Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland), 10-0
Consolations - dec. by Jordan Thomas (Michigan), 3-1
Eliminated with a 2-2 record

197 - #9 Max Huntley
First Round - dec. Tim Murphy (Hofstra), 8-3
Second Round - dec. Derrick Borlie (Virginia Tech), 3-1 SV
Quarterfinals - major dec. by #1 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State), 15-5
Consolations - vs. #12 Alex Polizzi (Northwestern)

Hwt - #11 Ben Apland
First Round - dec. Doug Vollaro (Lehigh), 4-1
Second Round - dec. by #6 Matt Mueleners (Northern State), 3-1 SV
Consolations - dec. Nick Gajdzik (Harvard), 2-0
Consolations - dec. Blayne Beale (Northern Iowa), 7-3
Consolations - vs. #5 Adam Chalfant (Indiana)

Hwt - Justin Dozier
First Round - dec. by #12 David Marone (Virginia Tech), 3-2
Consolations - major dec. Josh Marchok (Stanford), 12-3
Consolations - dec. Colin Jensen (Nebraska), 10-6
Consolations - dec. Dallas Brown (Maryland), 3-1
Consolations - vs. #9 Eric Thompson (Grand View)

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423

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