Feb. 15, 2017
» Stevan Micic (133 pounds), Brian Murphy (157), Logan Massa (165) and Myles Amine (174) all carry six-match win streaks; Micic has claimed five bonus wins over the stretch.
» Michigan and NC State both have five nationally-ranked wrestlers; Friday's dual will includes ranked matchups at 125 and 133 pounds.
The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (8-6) will close out its dual-meet schedule this Friday (Feb. 17), traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina, to take on No. 7 North Carolina State (12-2) in the 2017 NWCA Division I National Championship Duals Series at 7 p.m. at the Wolfpacks' Reynolds Coliseum.
For the second straight season, the National Duals will feature eight bowl-style dual meets contested between eight Big Ten teams and six other conference winners and two wild-card teams. All eight non-Big Ten teams will serve as the host sites this weekend.
Michigan's Projected Starting Lineup
|Wgt.||Name||Year/Elig.||Hometown (High School)|
|125||Conor Youtsey||5th/Sr.||Parma, Mich. (Mason)|
|133||Stevan Micic||So./Fr.||Cedar Lake, Ind. (Hanover Central)|
|141||Sal Profaci||So./Fr.||Monroe Twp., N.J. (Monroe Township)|
|149||Zac Hall||Jr./So.||St. Johns, Mich. (St. Johns)|
|or||Malik Amine||Jr./So.||Brighton, Mich. (Detroit Catholic Central)|
|157||Brian Murphy||Sr./Sr.||Carol Stream, Ill. (Glenbard North)|
|165||Logan Massa||So./Fr.||St. Johns, Mich. (St. Johns)|
|174||Myles Amine||So./Fr.||Brighton, Mich. (Detroit Catholic Central)|
|184||Ernest Battaglia||Sr./Jr.||Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale Central)|
|197||Jackson Striggow||So./Fr.||Orono, Minn. (Orono)|
|Hwt||Payne Hayden||Sr./Jr.||St. Johns, Mich. (St. Johns)|
Sophomore/freshman Logan Massa, ranked second nationally at 165 pounds, used a pair of takedowns and riding time to rally from an initial deficit to knock off Wisconsin's No. 3 Isaac Jordan, 9-7, last Sunday (Feb. 12) in the Big Ten dual finale. It was his second win against Jordan, a three-time NCAA All-American, earning runner-up honors in 2016, and a two-time Big Ten champion, this season. He previously defeated the Badger wrestler, 8-7, in the 165-pound final at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 2-3).
Massa owns five wins over ranked opponents this season. In addition to his decisions against Wisconsin's Jordan, he owns wins over Oklahoma's No. 10 Clark Glass (2-0, Nov. 18), Arizona State's No. 9 Anthony Valencia (17-4, Dec. 3) and Lehigh's No. 13 Mitch Minotti (6-1, Jan. 29). Massa owns a 24-1 record this season and a 37-2 career record. His only collegiate losses to date have come against Oklahoma State's three-time NCAA champion Alex Dieringer, 8-2, in the 2016 Southern Scuffle championship match and two-time NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez, 3-1, in last month's dual (Jan. 20).
Senior captain Brian Murphy has won each of his last six matches -- a stretch that has featured a pair of wins over ranked opponents. Murphy used a pair of takedowns to beat Rutgers' No. 17 John Van Brill (Feb. 27) and, two matches later, took advantage of an overtime scramble to edge Central Michigan's No. 7 Collin Heffernan.
Senior/junior heavyweight Payne Hayden is slated to make his dual-meet debut against NC State this Friday. He previously represented the Wolverines at the 2015 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Hayden will be the 11th different Wolverine to make his varsity debut this season.
Michigan's freshman trio of sophomore/freshman Stevan Micic, Massa and Myles Amine have piled on bonus points this season. Massa has earned bonus points in 16 of 24 wins and leads the Wolverine team with nine technical falls, including five over his last nine matches. Micic owns 14 bonus wins and leads the team with seven major decisions, while Amine owns 13 bonus wins.
Sophomore/freshman Myles Amine boasts five wins over ranked opposition this season at 174 pounds this season, including three against returning NCAA All-Americans. Most recently, he used a pair of early takedowns and a late reversal to edge Iowa's No. 13-ranked Alex Meyer, 6-5, on Jan. 6. Amine surged in the national rankings after a third-place finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, moving from unranked in several polls to top 10. He defeated two All-Americans at the tournament, earning a 9-1 major decision against Stanford's No. 13 James Wilson before using overtime to edge Iowa State's No. 10 Lelund Weatherspoon, 4-2, in the third-place bout. He is 21-4 on the season.
Sophomore/freshman Jackson Striggow avenged a pair of earlier-season losses with his 3-1 decision against Central Michigan's 14th-ranked Austin Severn (Feb. 2). He had previously dropped decisions to Severn at the Eastern Michigan Open (7-2, Nov. 5) and the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (4-1, Dec. 2-3). Striggow has won each of his last six of his last seven matches. He has four wins over wrestlers ranked in the first batch of NCAA coaches panel rankings.
Fifth-year senior Conor Youtsey, a two-time NCAA All-American at 125 pounds, rejoined the Wolverine squad last week after knee injuries to sophomore/freshmen Austin Assad and Mike Volyanyuk, left Michigan without a certified, healthy 125-pounder. Youtsey, who was finishing school while working full time, made his season debut at Northwestern, pinning the Wildcats' Anthony Rubinetti at 4:13.
Seniors Adam Coon and Domenic Abounader and juniors Alec Pantaleo and Garrett Sutton will all redshirt the 2016-17 season. Coon and Abounader have both had season-ending surgeries; Abounader, who wrestled in U-M's dual opener against Virginia, will get the year back due to medical hardship. Coon is a two-time NCAA All-American at heavyweight, Pantaleo earned his first All-America honor last season at 149 pounds, while Abounader is a Big Ten 184-pound champion and Sutton is a NCAA qualifier and two-year starter at 165 pounds.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
North Carolina State: The Wolfpack enter the weekend with a 12-2 dual record but dropped their most recent outing, snapping a nine-match win streak with a 20-14 loss to Virginia Tech last Saturday (Feb. 11). They also dropped their only other matchup against a Big Ten team, falling to Nebraska, 22-10, last December. NC State has four nationally-ranked wrestlers, most notably No. 2 Kevin Jack (141 pounds) and No. 9 Sam Speno (149). Michigan owns a 1-0 record in the all-time series against NC State, claiming a 27-16 decision in the only previous meeting at the 1993 National Duals.
U-M Individual Rankings
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines split matches evenly against No. 18 Wisconsin but fell, 19-18, on a bonus point last Sunday (Feb. 12) in Madison. Sophomore/freshman Logan Massa claimed the dual's marquee match with a 9-7 decision over No. 3 Isaac Jordan at 165 pounds, while sophomore/freshmen Stevan Micic and Myles Amine earned bonus wins and 133 and 174 pounds, respectively. Fifth-year senior Conor Youtsey gutted out a 3-1 decision in the sudden-victory period at 125 pounds. [ Full Recap ]
Sat-Sun., March 4-5 -- at Big Ten Championships (Bloomington, Ind.)