Jan. 28, 2014
Friday, Jan. 31 -- at No. 12 Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 7 p.m.
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Sunday, Feb. 2 -- vs. No. 1 Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena), 3:30 p.m.
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The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (8-2, 4-0 Big Ten) will continue its Big Ten Conference schedule this weekend with a pair of tough duals. On Friday (Jan. 31), the Wolverines will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 12-ranked Ohio State (7-3, 2-3 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. U-M will wrap the weekend at home Sunday (Feb. 2), squaring off against three-time defending NCAA champion and No. 1-ranked Penn State (11-0, 5-0 Big Ten) at 3:30 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.
The PSU dual will air live on the Big Ten Network.
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 six duals, winning at least six matches in all six. It is U-M's longest win streak since similarly claiming six in a row during the 2010-11 season. The Wolverines have also earned at least one bonus win in every dual this season.
U-M's 4-0 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 suffered the first loss of his collegiate career with a 5-1 decision against Michigan State's No. 9-ranked Mike McClure last Friday (Jan. 24). Coon's 23-match win streak represents the best start for the Wolverine true freshman in program history, topping Kellen Russell's 18-0 start in 2007-08. He is 8-1 against nationally ranked wrestlers this season, including a 6-1 mark against heavyweights currently ranked among the nation's top 10.
Freshman Domenic Abounader cracked the 184-pound national rankings for the first time in his career, moving into InterMat's No. 20 spot, after knocking off a pair of ranked opponents -- Illinois' Nikko Reyes (3-1, Jan. 17) and Michigan State's John Rizqallah (6-0 TB, Jan. 24) -- over the past two weeks.
Senior/junior Steve Dutton, who made his official U-M debut two weeks ago, owns a perfect 11-0 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 four 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 (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 an 8-2 decision against the Spartans last Friday (Jan. 24) to up his career record to 108-41 and earn a share of the 26th spot among U-M's all-time career wins leaders.
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.
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
Ohio State -- The Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 7-3 season record and are 2-3 in Big Ten competition after 28-12 decision to Nebraska in their latest outing last Friday (Jan. 24). OSU boasts seven nationally ranked wrestlers, most notably No. 3 Logan Stieber (141), No. 5 Johnni DiJulius (133), No. 8 Nick Heflin (197) and No. 10 Kenny Courts (184). Michigan owns a decisive 38-19-4 advantage in the all-time series against Ohio State, dating back to 1924, but has dropped five of the last six meetings, including each of the last two. OSU earned a 24-12 win in last season's meeting in Ann Arbor.
Penn State -- The three-time defending NCAA champion Nittany Lions enter the weekend with a perfect 11-0 season record and are 6-0 in Big Ten competition after cruising past Illinois, 31-3, their latest outing last Friday (Jan. 24). Penn State is ranked at all 10 individual weight classes and owns top-five rankings at six -- No. 1 David Taylor (165), No. 2 Nico Megaludis (125), No. 2 Zain Retherford (141), No. 2 Ed Ruth (184), No. 3 Matt Brown (174) and No. 4 Dylan Alton (157). Michigan trails in the all-time series against Penn State, 27-24, and has lost each of the three meetings, including a 34-7 defeat in the latest head-to-head in 2012.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines won eight individual matches en route to a 26-6 dual win over intrastate rival Michigan State last Friday (Jan. 24). After splitting the opening four bouts, U-M surged ahead with six straight wins to close out the dual, including back-to-back major decisions from senior/junior Steve Dutton and fifth-year senior Eric Grajales at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. Both teams earned upset wins early in the dual as freshman Domenic Abouander defeated No. 18 John Rizqallah, 6-0, at 184 pounds, and MSU heavyweight Mike McClure used a late takedown and back points to edge freshman Adam Coon, 5-1. [ Full Recap ]
Friday, Feb. 7 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 7 p.m. CST
Sunday, Feb. 9 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 2 p.m. CST