U-M Faces Three Non-Conference Foes at Northeast Duals
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Nov. 25, 2009

THIS WEEK
Saturday, Nov. 28 -- at Northeast Collegiate Duals (Guilderland, N.Y.)

The University of Michigan wrestling team (0-1) will resume dual-meet competition on Saturday (Nov. 28) at the Northeast Collegiate Duals in Guilderland, N.Y. The Wolverines will square off against Bloomsburg (9:15 a.m.), American (11 a.m.) and Penn (3:15 p.m.) in non-conference action at Hudson Valley Community College.

Michigan's Projected Starting Lineup

Wgt. Name Year/Elig.

Hometown (High School)

125

Sean Boyle

Fr./Fr.

Lowell, Mass. (Blair Academy)

133

Zac Stevens

So./So.

Monroe, Mich. (Monroe)

141

Mark Weber

So./So.

Goodrich, Mich. (Goodrich)

149

Mark Beaudry

Sr./Jr.

Pueblo, Colo. (South)

157

Dave Johnson

Jr./So.

Jenison, Mich. (Jenison)

165

Aaron Hynes

Sr./Jr.

Mt. Morris, Mich. (Flint Kearsley)

174

Justin Zeerip

Jr./So.

Fremont, Mich. (Hesperia)

184

Erich Smith

Jr./So.

Ishpeming, Mich. (Westwood)

OR

Hunter Collins

So./Fr.

Gilroy, Calif. (Gilroy)

197

Anthony Biondo

Sr./Jr.

Clinton Twp., Mich. (Chippewa Valley)

Hwt

Eddie Phillips

Sr./Jr.

Woodland, Mich. (Lakewood)

OR

Ben Apland

So./Fr.

Woodridge, Ill. (Downers Grove South)

MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS:
Complete Statistics: Through Nov. 22

WOLVERINE TO WATCH

Zac Stevens, Sophomore
Sophomore Zac Stevens (Monroe, Mich./Monroe HS) kicked off the 2009-10 dual season in impressive fashion, upsetting Lehigh's 12th-ranked Matt Fisk, 7-5, at 133 pounds. Stevens stayed on the attack throughout the match, scoring takedowns in the first and third period while accumulating 1:02 of riding-time advantage. The Wolverine captain is 6-2 on the season after previously placing in the MSU and EMU opens. His lone defeats have come to defending NCAA champion Franklin Gomez of Michigan State and an injury default Navy's Pat McCaffrey.

LAST TIME OUT: vs. LEHIGH
The Wolverines claimed three individual bouts but were unable to capitalize on several key swing matches against Lehigh in the season opener, falling to the Mountain Hawks, 21-9, last Sunday (Nov. 22) at Cliff Keen Arena. Sophomore Zac Stevens, senior/junior Aaron Hynes (Mt. Morris, Mich./Flint Kearsley HS) and senior/junior Anthony Biondo (Clinton Twp., Mich./Chippewa Valley HS) were victorious at 133, 165 and 197 pounds, respectively.

WOLVERINE BITES
Hynes '65 -- Senior/junior Aaron Hynes made his first appearance in the 165-pound rankings this week, holding the No. 19 spot in the InterMat poll and No. 18 in the Amateur Wresting News listing, after rallying to knock off Lehigh's Brandon Hatchett, 8-6, in overtime. In his first season in the U-M starting lineup last season, Hynes cracked the 157-pound national rankings en route to 17-11 record, a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Swap Meet -- Four returning Michigan wrestlers will appear at new weight classes this season. Senior/junior Aaron Hynes and junior/sophomore Justin Zeerip each bumped up a weight class into the 165- and 174-pound spots, respectively, while senior/junior Anthony Biondo returns to 197 pounds after spending last season at 184. Sophomore Mark Weber, who saw some starting time last season at 149 pounds, moved down to 141 in 2009-10. Weber was Senior High School Nationals finalist at 135 pounds prior to arriving at Michigan.

New Faces in the Lineup -- Freshman Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) made his collegiate dual debut last Sunday (Nov. 22), falling to Lehigh's John McDonald, 4-0, after giving up a late third-period takedown. Boyle became the fourth U-M true freshman in as many years to earn an immediate starting spot. Two additional Wolverines -- sophomore/freshmen Hunter Collins and Ben Apland (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South HS) -- could see starting time this weekend at 184 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. Collins boasts an 8-2 record this season in open-tournament competition, capturing the freshman/sophomore-division crown at the EMU Open (Nov. 7). Apland is 1-2 on the season and missed the MSU Open and Lehigh dual with injury; he won the heavyweight wrestle-off earlier this month.

Captains' Log, Stardate 23.9 -- Senior/junior Anthony Biondo and sophomore Zac Stevens were named wrestling co-captains for the 2009-10 season. It is the 18th time in Michigan wrestling history that two individuals will share the distinction. Biondo is the Wolverines' lone returning two-year starter and qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season at 184 pounds. Stevens, who claimed eighth place at 133 pounds at last season's Big Ten Championships, is the first Wolverine sophomore to hold captaincy in program history.

Strength of Schedule -- Michigan faces a tough field of competitors again this season, with nine of the Wolverines' 14 dual-meet opponents ranked among the top 25 teams in the National Wrestling Coaches Association's latest poll (Nov. 24), including three of the top-five ranked teams. No. 1 Iowa leads the pack of ranked opponents, which also includes No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 12 Lehigh, No. 13 Indiana, No. 14 Kent State, No. 15 Penn State and No. 17 Wisconsin.

Calling the Shots -- Head coach Joe McFarland is in his 11th season as head coach of the Michigan wrestling team. Since taking over the reins in 1999, McFarland has helped mold Michigan into a highly-touted national contender, guiding the U-M wrestling squad to three Big Ten dual-meet championships (2004, '05, '06) and eight consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships (2001-08) -- including an NCAA runner-up performance in 2005. He is the third winningest coach in program history with a 132-50-5 record at the helm and has led 18 different student-athletes to three NCAA individual titles, 39 All-America citations and 17 Big Ten individual crowns.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
American: American enters the weekend competition with a 0-3 dual record after a disappointing showing in the ACC challenge but did finish second as a team in last weekend's Keystone Classic. American will feature four-ranked wrestlers, including Kyle Borshoff (149) and Mike Cannon (174), who are both ranked fourth in their respective weight classes. Saturday's showdown will mark the first meeting between the Eagles and Wolverines. American on the internet: www.aueagles.com.

Bloomsburg: Bloomsburg enters the dual tournament with a 2-1 dual-meet record after beating up on Boston University (26-9, Nov. 7) and Millersville (40-1, Nov. 7). Bloomsburg dropped a close match against Penn State last weekend (23-15, Nov. 15). The Bloomsburg lineup features two ranked wrestlers, most notably fifth-ranked Matt Moley at 157 pounds. The Wolverines and Huskies have wrestled twice before, evening the all-time series at 1-1. Michigan won the last meeting, 27-12, at the 2007 Northeast Collegiate Duals. Bloomsburg on the internet: www.bloomu.edu/sports.

Penn: Penn will make its dual-season debut in the Northeast duals. Its only competition so far was the Keystone Classic where it crowned four individual champions, Zack Kemmerer (141 pounds), Gabriel Burak (165), Scott Giffin (174) and Micah Burak (197). Penn enters the tournament unranked and without any individuals ranked in the top 20 of a weight class. Michigan owns a perfect 5-0 record against the Quakers and claimed the most-recent meeting, 22-15, last season in Philadelphia. Penn on the internet: www.pennathletics.com.

THE THURSDAY THROWDOWN PODCAST
Every Thursday, head coach Joe McFarland will offer insider access to his program in the rapid-fire Thursday Throwdown audio podcast. McFarland will touch on topics ranging from his wrestlers, Michigan's opponents, strategy and the other events of the season in each weekly feature. [ Check out the latest episode on or subscribe toMichigan Athletics on iTunes ]

TWITTER-TASTIC
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2009-10 YEARBOOK & RECORD BOOK
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. [ Check them both out in our new publications section.

IN THE POLLS
The Wolverines remain just outside of the top 25 in the latest national poll, released Tuesday (Nov. 24) by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. U-M boasts two ranked wrestlers in senior/juniors Aaron Hynes and Anthony Biondo, who list 19th at 165 pounds and 14th at 197 pounds, respectively.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Sat-Sun, Dec. 4-5 -- at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Primm, Nev.), 9 a.m. PST

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423

 


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