Nov. 20, 2013
Wolverine Spotlight: Eric Grajales
The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (2-1) will remain at home this Sunday (Nov. 24), hosting No. 23 Stanford (2-0) at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.
Michigan's Projected Starting Lineup
|Wgt.||Name||Year/Elig.||Hometown (High School)|
|125||Conor Youtsey||So./Fr.||Parma, Mich. (Mason)|
|133||Rossi Bruno||So./So.||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)|
|141||Angelo Latora||So./Fr.||Portage, Mich. (Central)|
|149||Eric Grajales||5th/Sr.||Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)|
|157||Jake Salazar||Sr./Jr.||Midway, Utah (Wasatch)|
|165||Dan Yates||5th/Sr.||Hesperia, Mich. (Hesperia)|
|174||Ben Ralston||Sr./Jr.||Oxford, Mich. (Oxford)|
|184||Max Huntley||Sr./Jr.||Emerald Isle, N.C. (Blair Academy)|
|197||Chris Heald||Sr./Jr.||West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield)|
|Hwt||Adam Coon||Fr./Fr.||Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville)|
Dan Yates has won his last six dual-meet matches and eight of his past nine dating back to last season. Among those six wins are three major decisions and a pin.
Four Wolverines posted perfect 3-0 dual-meet records over U-M's opening weekend: Conor Youtsey (125 pounds), Rossi Bruno (133), Dan Yates (165) and Adam Coon (Hwt). Coon and Youtsey have redshirt eligibility.
Michigan is 3-1 against the Pac-12/10 over the past two campaigns, topping Stanford once and going 2-1 against the Oregon State Beavers.
Ten out of the Wolverines' past 14 dual opponents have been ranked in the top 25 nationally.
Yates earned a pair of bonus victories over the weekend with major decisions against Kent State (Nov. 16) and Oregon State (Nov. 17). Yates led the Wolverines with nine major decision wins last season and earned bonus points in 14 of his 23 wins.
Four Wolverine wrestlers made their collegiate varsity debut over the weekend: Conor Youtsey (125 pounds), Angelo Latora (141), Ben Ralston (174) and Adam Coon (Hwt). All four won their first dual match against Northern Illinois, while Youtsey and Coon posted perfect 3-0 weekends.
Fifth-year senior Eric Grajales knocked off the nation's No. 1-ranked Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State, 10-6, last Sunday (Nov. 17), using a big five-point move in the first period and late third-period takedown to pick up his first win of the season. Grajales is 2-1 against Oregon State's Scott Sakaguchi. They split two matches last season with Sakaguchi winning 9-6 in the early-season dual and Grajales taking the National Duals meeting, 6-4.
Coon capped the Oregon State dual with a solid 7-2 decision against fellow freshman Amarveer Dhesi, earning a second-period reversal and two takedowns in the third. Coon had lost his previous meeting against Dhesi, falling 4-1, 4-0, in the 120kg freestyle final of the FILA Junior Championships.
Yates and senior/junior Max Huntley both dropped down a weight class to 165 and 184 pounds, respectively, while junior/sophomore Chris Heald will move up to 197 pounds. Yates previously wrestled two seasons at 165 pounds, where he was a two-time NCAA qualifier before moving up to 174 pounds last season. Huntley and Heald swapped spots in the lineup; Huntley was previously a two-time NCAA qualifier at 197 pounds.
The Wolverines boasted 10 placewinners at the EMU Open last Saturday (Nov. 16), including three champions -- freshman Brian Murphy (157 pounds), sophomore Taylor Massa (165) and senior/junior Collin Zeerip (174). It is the second straight open tournament that U-M claimed 10 placewinners. In addition to Massa, freshmen George Fisher (133), Cameron Kennedy (141), Ayoola Olapo (184) and Payne Hayden (197) placed at both tournaments.
Sophomore Taylor Massa, who reached the NCAA Round of 12 last season and led the Wolverines with a 27-10 record at 165 pounds, will redshirt the 2013-14 season. He has competed in two open tournaments already this season, compiling a combined 9-0 record en route to second place at 174 pounds at the MSU Open (Nov. 9) and first at 165 pounds at the EMU Open (Nov. 16).
Through 92 years of U-M wrestling history, Michigan has posted a 60-30-2 record in its first dual meet of the season. Under head coach Joe McFarland, the Wolverines are 12-3 in season openers. Adding its Sunday win against Oregon State, U-M has won each of its last four home openers, dating back to the 2010-11 season.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Stanford -- The Cardinal enter the weekend with a 2-0 record after defeating Air Force (30-4, Nov. 10) and Maryland (17-16, Nov. 16) over their first two weekends of dual competition. Stanford claims three nationally ranked wrestlers, most notably No. 3 Ryan Mango at 133 pounds. Michigan owns a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series against Stanford, most recently earning a 26-6 road victory last season in Palo Alto, Calif.
U-M Individual Rankings
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines posted a 2-1 mark over their season-opening weekend, splitting a pair of contests at the EMU Duals -- defeating Northern Illinois, 22-9, and narrowly falling to Kent State, 17-16 -- before closing out the weekend with a 20-12 home win against No. 12 Oregon State. [ Recaps: EMU Duals | Oregon State ]
Fri-Sat., Dec. 6-7 -- at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Las Vegas, Nev.)