Dec. 10, 2013
Sunday, Dec. 15 -- vs. Central Michigan (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.
The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (2-2) will wrap up its first-semester dual schedule this Sunday (Dec. 15), hosting intrastate rival Central Michigan (5-3) at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. This is the fourth straight season and 15th out of 16 campaigns the squads have met.
This weekend is the first of three straight home duals for the Wolverines (Maryland, Jan. 5; Purdue, Jan. 10). In fact, after a road dual at Illinois on Jan. 17, U-M is home for two straight at Keen (Minnesota, Jan. 19; Michigan State, Jan. 24).
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||Brian Murphy||Fr./Fr.||Carol Stream, Ill. (Glenbard North)|
|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)|
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Central Michigan -- The Chippewas enter the weekend with a 5-3 season record, most recently defeating Buffalo, 29-6, in their MAC conference opener last Sunday (Dec. 8). CMU owns four nationally ranked wrestlers, including three straight at the opening weights -- No. 10 Corey Keener (125), No. 11 Joe Roth (133) and No. 11 Zach Horan (141). Michigan leads the all-time series against CMU, 21-6, but the Chippewas claimed the most-recent meeting -- a 21-16 decision last season in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
U-M has had 30 wrestlers compete this season, with a combined record of 181-99, including 24 who have .500 or better records.
Freshman Adam Coon improved to 13-0 and shot to No. 4 in the national rankings after capturing the heavyweight title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7) with a perfect 5-0 mark. Coon knocked off a pair of top-five-ranked heavyweights in NC State's third-ranked Nick Gwiazdowski (3-1 SV) and Boise State's fifth-ranked J.T. Felix (7-5 SV).
Freshman Brian Murphy came out of redshirt at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7), claiming fifth place at 157 pounds with a 4-2 record. He defeated two nationally ranked wrestlers -- Wyoming's 14th-ranked Andy McCulley (7-5 SV) and Cal Poly's 19th-ranked Max Schneider (3-1) -- and himself moved up to No. 16 nationally in the latest InterMat poll.
Murphy, a three-time Illinois state runner-up, avenged one of his state final defeats with his 3-1 quarterfinal win against Cal Poly's Max Schneider. He dropped a 3-1 decision to Schneider in the 2012 Class 3A 152-pound championship. Murphy has a chance to avenge his 2011 state finals loss this weekend against Central Michigan's Luke Smith.
Michigan earned bonus points in 20 matches at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7) -- 13 pins, five major decisions and two medical forfeits. Sophomore Rossi Bruno recorded three pins at 133 pounds, while fifth-year senior Eric Grajales (149), fifth-year senior Dan Yates (165), senior/junior Chris Heald (197) and freshman Adam Coon (Hwt) all registered two pins and a major decision.
With his 5-1 record at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7), fifth-year senior Dan Yates became the 35th Wolverine wrestler to surpass 100 career wins. He owns a 102-41 mark.
The Wolverines boasted nine placewinners at the Wisconsin Open at UW Parkside last Saturday (Dec. 7), including four champions: Sean Boyle (125 pounds), Taylor Massa (165), Collin Zeerip (174) and Domenic Abounader (184). Massa is a perfect 13-0 on the season, while Abounader made his collegiate debut.
U-M Individual Rankings
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines claimed fifth place at the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7) behind the performances of six placewinneres, including heavyweight champion Adam Coon. Michigan took advantage of a strong first session, going 9-1 with five pins, and scored 20 bonus wins over the two-day tournament. Rossi Bruno (fifth, 133 pounds), Eric Grajales (sixth, 149), Brian Murphy (fifth, 157), Dan Yates (third, 165) and Chris Heald (eighth, 197) also placed for Michigan.
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Sun-Mon., Dec. 29-30 -- at Midlands Championship (Evanston, Ill.)