Wolverines Earn BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award for January

Feb. 5, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan wrestling team was selected as the recipient for the BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award for the month of January, it was announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 5). The Wolverines will be recognized for the honor at tonight's men's basketball game against Nebraska at Crisler Center.

BASF, the world's leading chemical company, is the creator of the Team Chemistry MVP Award. BASF, which has major facilities located in Wyandotte and Southfield, Mich., will recognize one group in the athletic department from across all sports at least once a month that represents the best qualities of team chemistry and its importance both on and off the field.

The Wolverines posted a perfect 6-0 record in January, including a 5-0 mark to kick off their Big Ten Conference dual season -- the program's best Big Ten start in eight years. Among its conference wins, U-M earned lopsided decisions against rivals Michigan State (26-6, Jan. 24) and Ohio State (21-12, Jan. 31) and knocked off No. 2-ranked Minnesota, 19-14, with a sudden-victory win in the final match of the dual.

Michigan's current starting lineup features four freshmen, including true freshmen Brian Murphy (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard HS), Domenic Abounader (Gates Mills, Ohio/St. Edward HS) and Adam Coon (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville HS) -- all of whom have surged into the national rankings. Eight different Wolverines are ranked at their respective weight classes; Coon and fifth-year seniors Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) and Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) headline the pack with top-10 national rankings.

Wrestling is the fourth recipient of the BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award, which was first presented in October 2013, joining women's soccer, ice hockey and the Michigan Athletics' crew behind the Winter Classic.

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)

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