Week #9: at No. 6 Wisconsin, vs. No. 3 Penn State

Feb. 1, 2011


Friday, Feb. 4 -- at No. 6 Wisconsin (Madison, Wis), 7 p.m. CST
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Sunday, Feb. 6 -- vs. No. 3 Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.
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The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (9-2, 4-0 Big Ten) will continue Big Ten competition next weekend with dual slates against No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 3 Penn State. U-M will travel to Madison, Wis., on Friday (Feb. 4) for a 7 p.m. match against the No. 6 Badgers at UW Field House before returning home to face No. 3 Penn State on Sunday (Feb. 6) in a 2 p.m. contest at Cliff Keen Arena.

The Wolverines will host a free wrestling clinic prior to Sunday's (Feb. 6) dual meet, from 10 a.m.-noon, at the Bahna Wrestling Center. Two-time NCAA champion Ryan Bertin (2002-05) will be the featured guest clinician along with members of the Wolverine coaching staff. No registration is necessary and all clinic participants will receive free admission to the U-M/PSU dual meet.

Michigan's Projected Lineup

Wgt. Name Year/Elig. Hometown (High School)
125 Sean Boyle So./So. Lowell, Mass. (Blair Academy)
133 Zac Stevens Jr./Jr. Monroe, Mich. (Monroe)
141 Kellen Russell Sr./Jr. High Bridge, N.J. (Blair Academy)
149 Eric Grajales So./Fr. Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
157 Brandon Zeerip So./Fr. Fremont, Mich. (Hesperia)
165 Dan Yates So./Fr. Hesperia, Mich. (Hesperia)
174 Justin Zeerip Sr./Jr. Fremont, Mich. (Hesperia)
184 Hunter Collins Jr./So. Gilroy, Calif. (Gilroy)
197 Anthony Biondo 5th/Sr. Clinton Twp., Mich. (Chippewa Valley)
Hwt Ben Apland Jr./So. Woodridge, Ill. (Downers Grove South)

Complete Statistics: Through Jan. 30

After dropping the first two matches against Ohio State in Columbus last Friday (Jan. 28), the Wolverines battled back to defeat the Buckeyes 27-9, taking seven of 10 matches. On Sunday (Jan. 31), Michigan traveled to Indiana where they dominated the Hoosiers, 23-9. The back-to-back dual wins extended the dual-meet win streak to five for the Maize and Blue. Senior/junior Kellen Russell extended his undefeated season to 25-0 with a pair of victories at 141 pounds. Also helping guide the Wolverine win streak were sophomore Sean Boyle, junior Zac Stevens and sophomore/freshman Brandon Zeerip, who also won two matches apiece.


Hail to the Victors -- The Wolverines are a perfect 4-0 in Big Ten dual matches -- their best start in conference action since the 2005-06 season when Michigan went 8-0 en route to the Big Ten dual-meet title. Michigan has won seven of 10 individual matches in all four Big Ten dual this season. 

Reaching the Century Mark -- Fifth-year senior captain Anthony Biondo collected his 100th collegiate win with his 10-5, rally-inducing decision against Ohio State's Peter Capone last Friday (Jan. 28). With a career mark of 100-41, Biondo becomes the 33rd member of the Wolverines' prestigious 100-Win Club and the first since former Wolverines Steve Luke and Tyrel Todd surpassed the 100-win milestone during the 2008-09 season. Senior/junior captain Kellen Russell also stands within striking distance of the win milestone, carrying a 90-11 career record into the weekend action.

Zac Attack -- Junior Zac Stevens improved his Big Ten dual record to 3-1 with a pair of impressive weekend road victories. After splitting a pair of matches against Ohio State's Ian Paddock last season, Stevens claimed the rubber match in convincing fashion, using three takedowns, a two-point near fall and riding time to roll past the No. 17-ranked Buckeye, 10-3. He picked up a comeback win on Sunday, dominating the second and third periods en route to an 8-5 decision against Indiana's Matt Ortega. Stevens climbed to the No. 19 listing at 133 pounds in the latest InterMat poll.

A Nice Addition -- Since joining the starting lineup at 157 pounds, sophomore/freshman Brandon Zeerip is 4-1 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten matches. After picking up two consecutive dual match wins against Purdue on Jan. 14 and Central Michigan on Jan. 16, earning him Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors, Zeerip lost to No. 7-ranked Jason Welch from Northwestern. In his next match, he rallied late to lock-up a cradle and defeat Jared Kusar from Ohio State for a 10-6 decision. For his fourth dual-match win, Zeerip claimed an 8-2 decision victory against Indiana's Alex Warren.

We're Going Streaking -- Senior/junior Kellen Russell remains one of the nation's lone undefeated wrestlers -- with a perfect 25-0 record -- and has done so against a tough field at 141 pounds. Among Russell's wins this season, he has defeated six ranked opponents, including four listing among the nation's top seven in Minnesota's No. 2 Mike Thorn, Illinois' No. 4 Jimmy Kennedy, Cal Poly's No. 5 Boris Novachkov and Penn State's No. 7 Andrew kicked off 2007-08 -- his true freshman campaign -- with an 18-0 record before falling twice at the National Duals. Dating back to the seventh-place match at the 2009 NCAA Championships, Russell owns a 26-match winning streak. It is the longest win streak of his collegiate career. He previously recorded a 23-match win streak during his sophomore season. Russell has lost back-to-back matches on just two occasions during Alton. The Wolverine captain is no stranger to starting a season on a tear; he his collegiate career -- at the 2008 National Duals and the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Dual Domination -- With his pair of weekend major decisions, senior/junior Kellen Russell extended his dual winning streak to 27 consecutive matches. The Wolverine captain sat out last season with injury but, after starting 1-1 in 2008-09 dual meets, won 16 consecutive dual appearances to close out the season. Russell boasts an impressive 47-6 dual record over his collegiate career.

Calling the Shots -- Head coach Joe McFarland is in his 12th season as head coach of the Michigan wrestling team. Since taking over the reins in 1999, McFarland has helped mold Michigan into a highly-touted national contender, guiding the U-M wrestling squad to three Big Ten dual-meet championships (2004, '05, '06) and eight consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships (2001-08), including an NCAA runner-up performance in 2005. He is the third-winningest coach in program history with a 145-66-5 record at the helm and has led 18 different student-athletes to three NCAA individual titles, 39 All-America citations and 17 Big Ten individual crowns.

The Wolverines stayed put, holding onto the No. 13 position, in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches poll, released Tuesday (Feb. 1). Michigan also boasts nine individuals ranked among the top 25 wrestlers in their respective weight classes in the InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News, WIN Magazine or Division I College Wrestling polls:

125 Sean Boyle NR NR 19 NR
133 Zac Stevens 19 17 20 19
141 Kellen Russell 1 1 1 1
149 Eric Grajales NR 10 NR 23
157 Brandon Zeerip 20 NR 17 22
165 Dan Yates 19 19 19 18
174 Justin Zeerip NR NR NR 21
197 Anthony Biondo 10 10 11 9
Hwt Ben Apland 10 12 12 10

Friday, Feb. 11 -- vs. Minnesota (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 1 p.m. CST
Friday, Feb. 18 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7 p.m.

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423

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