Week #10: U-M to Challenge No. 12 Ohio State, No. 1 Penn State
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Jan. 28, 2014

THIS WEEK
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)

WOLVERINE BITES

• Michigan will honor its six-member senior class -- Sean Boyle, Tommy Brosnahan, John Evashevski, Eric Grajales, Dan Yates and Collin Zeerip -- prior to Sunday's home finale against Penn State.

• 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.

Steve Dutton, Eric Grajales and Brian Murphy are all unbeaten at Cliff Keen Arena 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

Wt. Wrestler InterMat AWN W.I.N. Flo D1CW
125 Conor Youtsey -- -- -- -- 23
133 Rossi Bruno -- 16 -- -- 19
141 Steve Dutton 13 -- -- -- --
149 Eric Grajales 7 10 9 5 10
157 Brian Murphy 14 12 13 13 13
165 Dan Yates 6 7 6 8 7
184 Domenic Abounader 20   -- --  
Hwt Adam Coon 2 1 2 1 1

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 ]

UP NEXT
Friday, Feb. 7 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 7 p.m. CST
Sunday, Feb. 9 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 2 p.m. CST


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