Nov. 5, 2012
Tuesday, Nov. 6 -- at No. 17 Central Michigan (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), 7:30 p.m.
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Sunday, Nov. 11 -- vs. No. 18 Pittsburgh (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.
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The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (1-0) will take on a pair of ranked non-conference opponents this week. U-M travels to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to face No. 17 Central Michigan (0-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 6) at McQuirk Arena before hosting No. 18 Pittsburgh (0-0) on Sunday (Nov. 11) at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.
Michigan's Projected Starting Lineup
||Hometown (High School)
||Lowell, Mass. (Blair Academy)
||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
||Lansing, Mich. (Eastern)
||Miller Place, N.Y. (Rocky Point HS)
||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
||Midway, Utah (Wasatch)
||Bozeman, Mont. (Bozeman)
||St. Johns, Mich. (St. Johns)
||Hesperia, Mich. (Hesperia)
||Gowen, Mich. (Greenville)
||Emerald Isle, N.C. (Blair Academy)
||Woodhaven, Mich. (Woodhaven)
PROMOTIONS: FREE PRE-MEET CLINIC
The Wolverines will host a free wrestling clinic on Sunday (Nov. 11) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. The clinic, the first of the 2012-13 season, is open to all ages and skill levels and will feature technique instruction from former Wolverine greats Ryan Bertin (2002-05) and Ryan Churella (2003-06), as well as members of the U-M team. No registration is necessary, and video cameras will be permitted.
The Wolverines are 21-5 in the all-time series against in-state rival Central Michigan. U-M owns a two-match winning streak in the series, claiming last season's meeting, 23-14, in Ann Arbor.
Michigan owns a 20-9-1 advantage in the all-time series against Pittsburgh, dating back to 1950. The Panthers claimed the most-recent meeting, however, 19-13.
U-M has won its last four dual meets against in-state foes -- all over the past two seasons -- including two against CMU.
Michigan shut out Olivet, 46-0, in its 2012-13 season opener last Thursday (Nov. 1) to improve to 59-30-2 all-time in its first dual meet of the season. Under head coach Joe McFarland, Michigan is 11-3 in season openers.
The Wolverines' season-opening performance against Olivet is the program's first shutout win since defeating Northern Colorado, 42-0, on Jan. 2, 2009. It was also Michigan's largest margin of victory in 12 seasons, dating back to a 48-0 win against Cleveland State at the 2001 Wendy's Classic.
Three Wolverine newcomers made their collegiate debuts against Olivet. Freshman Taylor Massa earned a pin against the Comets' Dan Fleet (5:30) in his first collegiate match at 165 pounds, while freshman Rossi Bruno posted an 11-2 major decision at 133 pounds and freshman Jordan Thomas earned an 11-4 decision at 184 pounds.
Michigan had five total freshmen in its starting lineup against Olivet. In addition to Bruno, Massa and Thomas, the Wolverines earned major decisions from sophomore/freshmen Camryn Jackson and Justin Dozier at 141 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.
Senior/junior Sean Boyle secured a dominant 18-2 technical fall over Olivet's Payne Blanchard in his return to the lineup at 125 pounds. Boyle scored on three takedowns, a reversal and six back points in his first collegiate match in two seasons. Boyle owns a career record of 49-36, including a 28-15 mark as a sophomore in 2010-11 when reached the Round of 12 at the 2011 NCAA Championships. He missed all of last season with injury.
Senior/junior Dan Yates picked up a second-period pin (4:19) against Olivet's Josh Crawford in his debut at 174 pounds. The Wolverines' two-year starter at 165 pounds, Yates bumped up a weight class this season. He competed at 79kg/174-pound freestyle division at the University National Championships in June, posting an 8-2 record en route to fifth place.
Michigan boasted three placewinners at the annual Eastern Michigan Open (Nov. 3). In their collegiate debuts, freshman Conor Youtsey posted a 3-1 record en route to second place in the 125-pound open division, and freshman Angelo Latora took third place in the freshman/sophomore 149-pound division with a 4-1 mark. Junior/sophomore Zebulon Hilyard rounded out U-M's placewinners with a 3-1 record and a third-place performance in the 133-pound open division. It was Hilyard's second placing effort at a collegiate tournament; he previously took third at the 2012 Simonson Open.
Seven of the Wolverines' 15 dual-meet opponents are ranked among the top 25 teams in the National Wrestling Coaches Association's preseason poll, including two of the top-five ranked teams and four of the top-10 ranked teams. No. 4 Iowa leads the pack of ranked opponents, which also includes No. 5 Ohio State, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 17 Central Michigan and No. 18 Pittsburgh.
Michigan added a pair of alumni to the coaching staff in the offseason. Three-time All-American Josh Churella (2005-08) will serve as the Wolverines volunteer assistant this season, while All-American Zac Stevens (2009-12) will act as U-M's undergraduate assistant coach while he finishes his bachelor's degree in computational informatics.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
| Max Huntley|
Emerald Isle, N.C.
Q: The coaches continue to single you out as one of the guys who made a lot of strides over the summer. In which areas do you think you've made the most progress since last season?
A: I worked on a lot of technique over the summer, especially my hand fighting and setups. I really think once you start to improve your hand fighting, it's a lot easy to get better in other areas. I also feel like I matured a lot over the summer, and this fall, I've felt tougher -- not just in wrestling but just mentally overall.
Q: With several freshmen in the starting lineup right now, you are already one of the veterans in just your sophomore season. Are you looking to step up and be more of a leader this season?
A: Even though I'm just one year in, I do feel like some of the guys look up to me a little bit. Maybe just because I'm bigger than they are. I'm not necessarily the most vocal guy, but I'm just trying to work hard in the room. Hopefully other guys see that.
Q: Michigan and Central Michigan have built up a great in-state rivalry over the last several seasons, and this is a dual that both teams circle on their schedule. What's your attitude about the rivalry?
A: I think both teams always feel like they have something to prove. We feel like we have such a good situation building here; we can't let them take anything away from us. I'm sure they feel the same way. It's hard to explain all the emotions that get wrapped up in it. It's a rivalry, and it's personal. I haven't had a chance to experience it yet, but I've heard that it gets pretty personal up in their arena. I'm looking forward to it.
Q: You have a few big matches coming up early in the season, especially this Sunday against Pittsburgh's Matt Wilps, who beat you three times last season. How anxious and prepared are you for that match?
A: That's a big personal match for me. I had a lot of close matches with him last year, and I think I lost all three of those matches in the last 30 seconds. I think a lot of that was inexperience, immaturity and just overall composure. That's something I really worked on this summer and think I made some big gains in. I think it's good to have some tough matches early on, because it's good to experience those one-point, two-point situations. You're going to be in those same situations in Vegas and Midlands, so it's good to get that feeling before those tournaments.
Q: How has the overall attitude in the room progressed since last year?
A: The coaches have really buckled down, and I think everyone is more invested and bought in. Everyone is working hard. We have some talented guys in our program and a lot more on the way. There are a lot of positives right now, and I think everyone sees that and feels that. We're on the up and up, and that has served as big motivation to just keep getting better.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines kicked off their 2012-13 season in commanding fashion, shutting out Olivet, 46-0, last Thursday (Nov. 1) at Cliff Keen Arena. Michigan earned bonus points in nine of 10 matches, including pins from senior/junior Eric Grajales (149 pounds), freshman Taylor Massa (165) senior/junior Dan Yates (174) and a technical fall from senior/junior Sean Boyle (125). Massa was one of five freshmen in the lineup and one of six Wolverines to make his dual-meet debut. [ Full Recap ]
Friday, Nov. 16 -- at Oregon State (Corvallis, Ore.), 7 p.m. PST
Sunday, Nov. 18 -- at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.), 2 p.m. PST