Jan. 2, 2014
Sunday, Jan. 5 -- vs. Maryland (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.
The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (3-2) will preview a future Big Ten Conference opponent this Sunday (Jan. 5), kicking off competition in the New Year with a 2 p.m. dual against Maryland at Cliff Keen Arena.
Prior to the home dual, the Wolverines will host a free pre-meet clinic from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Keen Arena. Former U-M great Ryan Bertin (2002-05), a two-time NCAA champion, and three-time Northwestern All-American Brandon Precin will headline the clinic, which is open to all ages and skill levels.
Michigan's Projected Lineup
|Wgt.||Name||Year/Elig.||Hometown (High School)|
|125||Conor Youtsey||So./Fr.||Parma, Mich. (Mason)|
|133||Rossi Bruno||So./So.||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)|
|141||Angelo Latora||So./Fr.||Portage, Mich. (Central)|
|149||Eric Grajales||5th/Sr.||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)|
|157||Brian Murphy||Fr./Fr.||Carol Stream, Ill. (Glenbard North)|
|165||Dan Yates||5th/Sr.||Hesperia, Mich. (Hesperia)|
|174||Collin Zeerip||Sr./Jr.||Fremont, Mich. (Hesperia)|
|184||Domenic Abounader||Fr./Fr.||Gates Mills, Ohio (St. Edward HS)|
|197||Chris Heald||Sr./Jr.||West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield)|
|Hwt||Adam Coon||Fr./Fr.||Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville)|
Freshman Adam Coon posted a perfect 5-0 record en route to the heavyweight title at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30) -- his second major tournament win of the season. Coon knocked off a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers in his final two bouts, including a 3-2 decision over Iowa's then-No. 4 Bobby Telford in the championship match. Coon was U-M's first Midlands champion since Foley Dowd won at 133 pounds in 2002.
Coon's perfect 19-0 record stands as the best start for the Wolverine true freshman in program history, topping Kellen Russell's 18-0 start in 2007-08. He has defeated six nationally ranked wrestlers this season, including four of the current top seven heavyweights.
U-M posted a perfect 4-0 record in head-to-head matches against Maryland at the Midlands (Dec. 29-30):
Michigan placed a pair of 125-pound wrestlers at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30) as fifth-year senior Sean Boyle claimed fifth place and sophomore/freshman Conor Youtsey took eighth. Without an attached 165-pound representative, U-M scored both 125 pounders. Boyle, a two-time NCAA qualifier, also placed at three open tournament appearances this season.
Michigan's third-place Midlands finish was the program's best since taking second at the 1973 event. U-M has placed among the top three teams five times in the tournament's 51 years, winning the inaugural event in 1963.
Freshman Brian Murphy came out of redshirt at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7), claiming fifth place at 157 pounds with a 4-2 record. He defeated two nationally ranked wrestlers -- Wyoming's 14th-ranked Andy McCulley (7-5 SV) and Cal Poly's 19th-ranked Max Schneider (3-1) -- and himself moved up to No. 16 nationally in the latest InterMat poll.
Fifth-year senior Dan Yates surpassed the 100-win milestone in Las Vegas and wrapped up the first semester with a 103-41 career record. He is tied with All-American Foley Dowd (2001-04) for 34th among U-M's all-time winningest wresters.
Sophomore Rossi Bruno, fifth-year senior Eric Grajales and freshman Adam Coon have all placed at both Wolverine major tournament appearances this season -- Midlands and the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
Michigan has had six different wrestlers make their varsity debuts this season. All six -- freshmen Adam Coon, Brian Murphy and Domenic Abounader, sophomore/freshmen Conor Youtsey and Angelo Latora and junior/sophomore Ben Ralston -- claimed their first varsity win in first-semester action.
U-M Individual Rankings
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Maryland -- The Terrapins enter the weekend with 4-4 record and have dropped four of their last five duals, including a 21-12 defeat at Pittsburgh in their latest head-to-head competition (Dec. 6). Most recently, Maryland claimed sixth place at the Midlands Championships behind two champions and three total placewinners. Three Terp upperweights are ranked nationally at their respective weight classes, most notably No. 2 Jimmy Sheptock (184), No. 10 Christian Boley (197) and No. 7 Spencer Myers (Hwt). In three previous duals between Maryland and Michigan, the programs are all square with a 1-1-1 series record. The Terrapins claimed the most-recent meeting, 18-16, in 2007.
LAST TIME OUT
Behind the efforts of six placewinners and nine total scoring performances, the Wolverines claimed third place (84 points) at the 51st annual Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30). Freshman Adam Coon captured the heavyweight title to headline the U-M showing, while fifth-year senior Eric Grajales and sophomore Taylor Massa, who competed unattached, also earned top-three finishes, placing second at 149 pounds and third at 165, respectively. [ Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 ]
Friday, Jan. 10 -- vs. Purdue (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.