Jan. 21, 2014
The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (7-2, 3-0 Big Ten) will remain home to continue its Big Ten Conference slate against intrastate rival Michigan State (5-6,0-3 Big Ten) on Friday (Jan. 24). The meet is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Cliff Keen Arena.
Prior to the Wolverines' contest, they will host a high school dual meet featuring a pair of top Michigan programs as Davison will face St. Johns at 4 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. According to Michigan Grappler, Davison is the No. 1 ranked Division I team, while St. John is the No. 2 Division 2 team.
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||Steve Dutton||Sr./Jr.||Miller Place, N.Y. (Rocky Point)|
|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 won each of their last five duals, winning at least six matches in all five. The Wolverines have also earned at least one bonus win in every dual this season.
Michigan's 3-0 start in Big Ten dual competition is its best since the 2005-06 season when it went 8-0 en route to the conference dual title.
Freshman Adam Coon sealed Michigan's upset win over No. 2 Minnesota with a 4-2 SV2 decision over two-time defending NCAA heavyweight champion and No. 2-ranked Tony Nelson in the final match. After trading escapes in regulation and the first tiebreaker, Coon countered a double-leg attack to score the winning takedown late in the second-victory period.
Coon boasts a perfect 23-0 record and has surged to No. 1 in the national heavyweight rankings. His mark 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 8-0 against nationally ranked wrestlers this season, including a 6-0 mark against heavyweights currently ranked among the nation's top seven.
Coon owns an impressive 4-0 overtime record this season. On the other side, he has earned bonus points in nine of his 23 season victories with six pins and three major decisions.
The Wolverines' win over No. 2-ranked Minnesota on Sunday (Jan. 19) marked the highest-ranked opponent that U-M has defeated since knocking off No. 1 and undefeated Minnesota, 19-15, on Feb. 17, 2006. With that win, Michigan clinched a share of the Big Ten dual-meet title and defeated Indiana two days later to claim the title outright.
Senior/junior Steve Dutton made his Michigan dual debut last weekend, claiming a major decision against Illinois and Minnesota. Dutton owns a perfect 10-0 record over his two seasons at Michigan. Including his perfect 8-0 mark in open-tournament competition last year, Dutton has earned bonus points in every match with four falls, three tech falls and three major decisions.
Freshman Brian Murphy knocked off his highest ranked opponent to date with his 5-3 decision against Minnesota's No. 8 Dylan Ness at 157 pounds last Sunday (Jan. 19). Murphy has defeated three ranked wrestlers this season, previously earning decision wins against Wyoming's then-No. 14 Andy McCully (7-5 SV) and Cal Poly's No. 19 Max Schneider (3-1) at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7).
Fifth-year senior Eric Grajales has earned three wins over top-two ranked opponents this season, beating Oregon State's then-No. 1 Scott Sakaguchi (10-6, Nov. 17), Northwestern's No. 2 Jason Tsirtis (6-3, Dec. 29) and Minnesota's No. 2 Nick Dardanes (6-4, Jan. 19). In all, Grajales boasts a 5-3 record vs. ranked opposition this season.
Fifth-year senior Dan Yates earned a pair of decisions last weekend to up his career record to 107-41 and gain sole possession of the 28th spot among U-M's all-time career wins leaders.
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
Michigan State -- The Spartans enter the weekend with a 5-6 season record and are 0-3 in Big Ten competition after dropping a 35-3 decision to Minnesota in their latest outing last Friday (Jan. 17). MSU is led by two nationally ranked wrestlers -- No. 18 John Rizqallah (184 pounds) and No. 9 Mike McClure (Hwt). Michigan owns a 65-35-5 advantage in the all-time series against Michigan State, dating back to 1922, and has won each of the last three meetings, including a 24-15 win in last season's dual in East Lansing.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines knocked off a pair of ranked conference opponents last weekend, defeating No. 11 Illinois, 19-13 on Friday (Jan. 17) in Champaign, Ill., before using a big early lead to upset No. 2 Minnesota, 19-14, at home on Sunday (Jan. 19). Michigan took advantage of early leads in both duals before sealing the victory in the final match. Four Wolverines -- Steve Dutton (141), Eric Grajales (149), Dan Yates (165) and Adam Coon (Hwt) -- posted perfect 2-0 records over the weekend. [ Recaps: Illinois | Minnesota ]
Friday, Jan. 31 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 2 -- vs. Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena), 3:30 p.m.