Jan. 7, 2014
Friday, Jan. 10 -- vs. Purdue (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
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The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (4-2, 0-0 Big Ten) will open the Big Ten Conference portion of its 2013-14 schedule on Friday (Jan. 10), hosting No. 20 Purdue (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) for a 7 p.m. dual meet at Cliff Keen Arena.
Dan Yates and Eric Grajales each came out victorious against the Boilermakers last season in a narrow 19-18 U-M loss. Both wrestlers also picked up decision wins in the squads' dual in 2011, a 28-13 Wolverine win.
Michigan's Projected Lineup
||Hometown (High School)
||Parma, Mich. (Mason)
||Lowell, Mass. (Blair Academy)
||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
||Portage, Mich. (Central)
||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
||Carol Stream, Ill. (Glenbard North)
||Hesperia, Mich. (Hesperia)
||Fremont, Mich. (Hesperia)
||Gates Mills, Ohio (St. Edward HS)
||West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield)
||Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville)
Michigan owns a stellar 445-191-17 conference record dating back to the 1923-24 season. The Wolverines captured three consecutive Big Ten dual-meet titles from 2004-06.
Freshman Adam Coon boasts a perfect 20-0 record and has surged to No. 2 in the national heavyweight rankings. His 20-0 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 is 7-0 against nationally ranked wrestlers this season, including a 5-0 mark against heavyweights currently ranked among the nation's top six.
Eric Grajales has won his last four dual-meet matches, while Conor Youtsey and Dan Yates have won two straight in duals.
Michigan earned four bonus wins against Maryland (Jan. 5) with a fall, a technical fall and two major decisions. It was the Wolverines' second straight dual with at least three bonus wins. U-M has earned at least one bonus win in all six duals this season.
Sophomore Rossi Bruno posted his first collegiate technical fall with a 22-7 win over Maryland's Paul O'Neill at 133 pounds (Jan. 5) behind nine takedowns and three back points. Bruno owns five bonus wins this season, including a career-best four pins.
Freshman Brian Murphy earned a 3-1 decision against Maryland's Ben Dorsay (Jan. 5) in his return to the lineup after a one-month hiatus due to injury. It was first competition since taking fifth place at 157 pounds at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7) and the first dual action of his collegiate career.
Senior/junior Collin Zeerip also earned his first collegiate dual win in a 17-3 major decision against Maryland's Tony Gardner (Jan. 5) at 174 pounds. Zeerip is 1-1 in duals this season and had previously appeared in the U-M lineup at 157 pounds last season, posting a 0-4 dual mark.
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.
Fifth-year senior Dan Yates used his pin against Maryland's Josh Snook (Jan. 5) to up his career record to 104-41 and move to 31st among U-M's all-time career wins leaders, where he is tied with NCAA All-Americans Joe Warren (1996-2000) and Mike Amine (1986-89).
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 -- all claimed their first varsity win in first-semester action.
U-M Individual Rankings
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Purdue -- The Boilermakers enter the weekend with a 3-2 season record and are 0-1 in Big Ten competition after dropping a 30-3 decision to Iowa in their latest outing last Friday (Jan. 3). Purdue appeared at the Midlands Championship the previous weekend, taking 12th place behind one placewinner. One Boilermaker wrestler is ranked nationally -- No. 16 Braden Atwood at 197 pounds. Michigan has dominated the all-time series between the program, owning a 56-13-1 advantage since 1924. Purdue claimed the most-recent meeting, however, narrowly defeating U-M, 19-18, last season in West Lafayette, Ind.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines claimed seven of the first nine matches to roll to a 28-10 win over Maryland in their first dual action of 2014. Freshman heavyweight Adam Coon opened the dual with a 4-1 decision over seventh-ranked Spencer Myers, while sophomore Rossi Bruno (133 pounds), fifth-year senior Eric Grajales (149), fifth-year senior Dan Yates (165) and senior/junior Collin Zeerip (174) also earned bonus wins. [ Full Recap ]
Friday, Jan. 17 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 7 p.m. CST
Sunday, Jan. 19 -- vs. Minnesota (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.