Week #8: U-M to Face Two Ranked Big Ten Foes This Weekend
Angelo Latora

Jan. 14, 2014

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Friday, Jan. 17 -- at No. 11 Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 7 p.m. CST
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Sunday, Jan. 19 -- vs. No. 2 Minnesota (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.
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The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (5-2, 1-0 Big Ten) will continue Big Ten competition next weekend with dual slates against No. 11 Illinois and No. 2 Minnesota. U-M will travel to Champaign, Ill., on Friday (Jan. 17) for a 7 p.m. CST match against the Fighting Illini (6-3, 0-2 Big Ten) at Huff Hall before returning home to face the Golden Gophers (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) on Sunday (Feb. 19) in a 2 p.m. contest at Cliff Keen Arena.

Michigan's Projected Lineup

Wgt. Name Year/Elig. Hometown (High School)
125 Conor Youtsey So./Fr. Parma, Mich. (Mason)
or Sean Boyle 5th/Sr. Lowell, Mass. (Blair Academy)
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)


• The Wolverines have claimed seven individual wins in each of their last three dual meets. Michigan also owns at least one bonus win in every dual this season.

• Freshman Adam Coon boasts a perfect 21-0 record and has surged to No. 2 in the national heavyweight rankings. His 21-0 record stands as the best start for a Wolverine true freshman in program history, topping Kellen Russell's 18-0 start in 2007-08. Coon is 7-0 against nationally ranked wrestlers this season, including a 5-0 mark against heavyweights currently ranked among the nation's top six.

• Coon will likely face Minnesota's two-time defending NCAA champion Tony Nelson in Sunday's home dual. The pair occupies the top two heavyweight rankings in most national polls, with Coon listed No. 1 by InterMat and Amateur Wrestling News and Nelson listed No. 1 by WIN magazine and Flowrestling. It is the first 1-2 matchup featuring a Wolverine wrestler since No. 1 Kellen Russell defeated Cal Poly's No. 2 Boris Novachkov, 2-2 TB3, in the wrestlebacks of the 2011 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

• Coon also owns a perfect 7-0 dual record. Fellow freshman Brian Murphy is also undefeated in dual-meet competition with a 2-0 mark.

• Five Wolverines earned their first Big Ten dual victory in U-M's conference opener against Purdue (Jan. 10): sophomore/freshman Conor Youtsey (125 pounds), freshman Brian Murphy (157), senior/junior Collin Zeerip (174), freshman Domenic Abounader (184) and freshman Adam Coon (Hwt).

• 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 earned a decision win against Purdue (Jan. 10) to up his career record to 105-41 and move to 29th among U-M's all-time career wins leaders, where he is tied with Anthony Biondo (2008-11).

• 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

Wt. Wrestler InterMat AWN W.I.N. Flo D1CW
125 Conor Youtsey -- -- -- -- 24
133 Rossi Bruno -- 15 -- -- 18
149 Eric Grajales 12 13 12 10 10
157 Brian Murphy 15 12 13 15 13
165 Dan Yates 7 7 8 9 7
Hwt Adam Coon 1 1 3 2 2


Illinois -- The Fighting Illini enter the weekend with a 6-3 season record and are 0-2 in Big Ten competition after dropping an 18-16 decision to Ohio State in their latest outing last Sunday (Jan. 12). Illinois appeared at the Midlands Championship two weekends prior, taking fourth place behind five placewinners. The Illini are led by seven nationally ranked wrestlers, most notably No. 4 Jesse Delgado (125 pounds) and No. 4 Mario Gonzalez (197). Michigan owns a 41-25-1 advantage in the all-time series against Illinois but has lost the last two meetings, including a 31-9 defeat in the most-recent head-to-head in 2011-12.

Minnesota -- The Golden Gophers are 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in Big Ten competition, most recently knocking off Northwestern (26-12, Jan. 10) and Wisconsin (28-6, Jan. 12) last weekend. Eight Gopher wrestlers are ranked among the top 10 nationally at their respective weight, including No. 1 Scott Schiller (197 pounds), No. 2 Nick Dardanes (149) and No. 2 Tony Nelson (Hwt). Michigan narrowly leads the all-time series against Minnesota, 30-29-2, but has lost the last three meetings, including a 23-15 decision in the most-recent matchup in 2001-12.

The Wolverines opened their Big Ten dual season in dominant fashion, claiming seven individual matches en route to a 22-12 win over Purdue last Friday (Jan. 10). U-M won the first and final bouts and five straight in the middle, pulling away from the Boilermakers after the intermission break. [ Full Recap ]

Friday, Jan. 24 -- vs. Michigan State (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

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