Feb. 4, 2014
Friday, Feb. 7 -- at No. 7 Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 7 p.m. CST
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Sunday, Feb. 9 -- at No. 3 Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 2 p.m. CST
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The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (9-3, 5-1 Big Ten) will close out its Big Ten Conference dual schedule on the road this weekend. On Friday (Feb. 7), U-M will head to Lincoln, Neb., to face No. 7 Nebraska (11-1, 5-1 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. CST at the Devaney Center before closing out the road trip against No. 3-ranked perennial power Iowa (12-2, 5-0 Big Ten) on Sunday (Feb. 9) with a 2 p.m. CST dual at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
Michigan's Projected Lineup
||Hometown (High School)
||Parma, Mich. (Mason)
||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
||Miller Place, N.Y. (Rocky Point)
||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
||Carol Stream, Ill. (Glenbard North)
||Midway, Utah (Wasatch)
||Hesperia, Mich. (Hesperia)
||Fremont, Mich. (Hesperia)
||Gates Mills, Ohio (St. Edward HS)
||West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield)
||Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville)
Michigan saw its seven-match win streak halted with its loss against top-ranked Penn State last Sunday (Feb. 2). It was the program's longest streak since posting 11 in a row during the 2007-08 season.
U-M's 5-0 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.
Coon is a perfect 5-0 in overtime matches this season, recently adding a 3-2 tiebreaker decision against Ohio State's Nick Tavanello last Friday (Jan. 31).
Fifth-year senior Eric Grajales extended his winning streak to seven straight matches. He has won every dual appearance this semester. Grajales also went undefeated at home for the second straight year with a perfect 8-0 mark this season at Cliff Keen Arena. He won 19 straight home matches, stretching back into the 2011-12 season. His last home loss was a 6-3 decision to Illinois' Eric Terrazas on Jan. 8, 2012.
Freshman Domenic Abounader earned back-to-back wins over ranked opposition, defeating Michigan State's then-No. 18 John Rizqallah (6-0, Jan. 24) before earning a 7-2 win over Ohio State's No. 10 Kenny Courts last Friday (Jan. 31). After making his first-ever appearance in the national rankings, Abounader moved to No. 16 in the latest InterMat poll.
Sophomore Rossi Bruno and fifth-year senior Eric Grajales both avenged earlier Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational losses at Ohio State last Friday (Jan. 31). Bruno defeated No. 5 Johni DiJulius, 2-1 TB, after previously falling, 6-3, in the CKLV quarterfinals, while Grajales rallied to beat No. 18 Ian Paddock after dropping each of his last two meetings against the Buckeye wrestler, including an 8-2 decision in the CKLV wrestlebacks.
Freshman Brian Murphy recently 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).
Freshman Eric Grajales has earned three wins over opponents ranked in the top two 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 8-4 decision against the Buckeyes last Friday (Jan. 31) to up his career record to 109-42 and claim sole possession 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 -- claimed their first varsity win in first-semester action.
U-M Individual Rankings
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Nebraska -- The Cornhuskers enter the weekend with an 11-1 season record and a 5-1 mark in Big Ten duals after defeating Illinois, 22-13, in their last outing (Feb. 1). Nebraska's lone season loss came against Iowa (22-9) on Jan. 18. Five Husker wrestlers are currently ranked at their respective weight classes, most notably No. 5 Jake Sueflohn (149), No. 1 James Green (157) and No. 4 Robert Kokesh (174). Michigan trails in the all-time series against Nebraska, 6-3, and has lost four straight against the Huskers, most recently last season, 20-19, in Ann Arbor.
Iowa -- The Hawkeyes are 12-2 on the season and 5-1 in Big Ten dual competition. Their only losses have come against rivals Penn State -- in a non-conference dual -- (24-12, Dec. 21) and Minnesota (19-15, Jan. 25). Iowa rebounded with a 31-6 decision over Northwestern in its latest outing (Jan. 31). The Hawkeyes boast 10 ranked wrestlers, most notably No. 3 Tony Ramos (133), No. 2 Derek St. John (157) and No. 3 Bobby Telford (Hwt). Michigan trails in the all-time series against Iowa, 29-25-1, and has lost each of the last five meetings, including a 33-10 decision last season in Ann Arbor.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines split their weekend duals, knocking off rival Ohio State, 21-12, on the road Friday (Jan. 31) before falling to top-ranked Penn State, 32-9, in their final home appearance on Sunday (Feb. 2). U-M claimed eight matches against the Buckeyes, winning three straight tiebreaker decisions to pull away late. Freshman Domenic Abounader (184 pounds), sophomore/freshman Conor Youtsey (125) and sophomore Rossi Bruno (133) all defeated higher ranked opponents. Michigan won just two matches against the three-time defending NCAA champion Nittany Lions, earning a late fall from fifth-year senior Eric Grajales at 149 pounds before closing the dual with a decision from freshman Adam Coon at heavyweight. [ Recaps: Ohio State | Penn State ]
Saturday, Feb. 15 -- at Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 7 p.m.