Weekly Release #4: U-M Faces Newberry and Kent State
MGOBLUE Mark Beaudry
MGOBLUE
Mark Beaudry
MGOBLUE

Dec. 8, 2009

THIS WEEK
Sunday, Dec. 13 -- vs. Newberry, at Kent State (Kent, Ohio), 1 p.m./3 p.m.
• Live Stats: Newberry | Kent State

The University of Michigan wrestling team will continue dual-meet competition on Sunday (Dec. 13) with a pair of non-conference contests in Kent, Ohio. U-M will square off against Newberry at 1 p.m. before facing host Kent State at 3 p.m. at the M.A.C. Center.

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

Ben Apland

So./Fr.

Woodridge, Ill. (Downers Grove South)


MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS:
Complete Statistics: Through Dec. 5

LAST TIME OUT: CLIFF KEEN LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
Behind the efforts of two individual placewinners, the Wolverines claimed 16th place (47 points) at last weekend's (Fri-Sat., Dec. 4-5) annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Junior/sophomore Justin Zeerip and senior/junior captain Anthony Biondo claimed sixth place at 174 and 197 pounds, respectively, to headline the Michigan performance. All 10 Wolverine competitors earned at least one individual win to contribute to the team score. Sophomore Zac Stevens and junior/sophomore Dave Johnson were eliminated just one win shy of placing as both posted 3-2 records at 133 and 157 pounds, respectively.

WOLVERINE BITES
Five Spot -- Fueled by his sixth-place effort at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 4-5), senior/junior captain Anthony Biondo shot up nine spots -- to the No. 5 listing -- in the latest InterMat rankings at 197 pounds. The rankings bump follows Biondo's 8-6 quarterfinal decision over Cornell's then-fifth-ranked Cam Simaz. After Simaz evened the score -- and a brief injury timeout midway through the third -- Biondo went on the offensive late, striking on a high crotch in the waning seconds to seal his 11th consecutive win. The Wolverine captain posted a perfect 3-0 record at the tournament before defaulting to sixth place. He carries an 11-match winning streak, dating back to his runner-up performance the season-opening EMU Open on Nov. 7.

This Just-in -- Junior/sophomore Justin Zeerip netted his first-ever collegiate ranking on the heels of his sixth-place performance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 4-5), moving to InterMat's No. 19 spot at 174 pounds. Zeerip went 5-3 in the Vegas tournament and picked up his first win over a ranked opponent in the consolation bracket, using a ride out in the first tiebreaker to get past Ohio State's Dave Rella, 2-1. Zeerip carries a 15-8 record on the season; six of his eight losses have come against nationally-ranked competition.

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 133-52-5 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.

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 to Michigan Athletics on iTunes ]

TWITTER-TASTIC
Michigan wrestling is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_wrestl) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

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 (Dec. 8) by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. U-M boasts two nationally ranked wrestlers in junior/sophomore Justin Zeerip and senior/junior Anthony Biondo, listing 19th at 174 pounds and fifth at 197 pounds, respectively.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tue-Wed., Dec. 29-30 -- at Southern Scuffle (Greensboro, N.C.)

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423


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