Bonus point propels Michigan past Pitt

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team used a quick start and a bonus victory at 174 pounds to secure a narrow 16-15 victory over No. 18 Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 11) at Cliff Keen Arena. With the matches split evenly at 5-5, senior/junior captain Dan Yates' (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) major decision provided the deciding point as U-M improved to 2-0 at home this season.

The Wolverines won five of the opening seven matches, capped by Yates' 16-5 win against Nick Bonaccorsi in the 174-pound bout, and held the stout Panthers upperweights to decisions in the final three. Yates, ranked 14th in the latest InterMat poll, scored on seven takedowns, including four in the second period, while accumulating 3:44 in riding-time advantage. Yates is 3-0 on the season with three bonus wins.

Senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy), ranked 14th, cruised to a 6-0 decision against Godwin Nyama in the opening match at 125 pounds. After getting out of an early and deep double-leg shot, Boyle won an extended scramble late in the first period to take control. He added a quick reversal in the second, nearly putting Nyama on his back, and rode out the third to finish with 3:20 in time advantage.

Michigan won three straight decisions at 141, 149 and 157 pounds to jump out to a nine-point advantage at the intermission break. Sophomore/freshman Camryn Jackson (Lansing, Mich./Eastern HS) came back from a significant seven-point third-period deficit to edge Travis Shaffer, 13-12, in the 141-pound match, wearing the Panther out before scoring five takedowns in the final frame. After scoring on the edge with 11 seconds remaining, Jackson elected to option start and doubled Shaffer to his back, adding a two-point near fall at the buzzer to claim the one-point win. Jackson improved to 3-0 this season.

Junior/sophomore Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS), ranked 11th, rallied at 149 pounds to edge Donnie Tasser, 4-3. After getting taken down and ridden for much of the match's first minute, Grajales escaped and finished on a late single leg to take his first lead. The wrestlers traded escapes in the second and third periods to preserve Grajales' narrow lead. The Wolverine wrestler also improved to 3-0 on the season.

Junior/sophomore Jake Salazar (Midway, Utah/Wasatch HS) just missed on a bonus point at 157 pounds, scoring two takedowns and two back points en route to an 8-1 decision against Troy Reaghard. Salazar converted on a double leg midway through the first period and added another in the second, taking Reaghard to his back for a two-and-two. He let Reaghard go early in the third with the major in mind but could not get off another shot. He added a point after for 2:11 in time advantage.

Of the Wolverines' five losses, three came in overtime and two to top-ranked opposition. Freshman Rossi Bruno(Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) drew a pair of third-period stalling calls to force the extra period against No. 7-ranked Shelton Mack at 133 pounds but gave up a double leg in the waning seconds to fall 8-6. Mack scored two takedowns in the first period before Bruno took a temporary lead on a cradle on the edge in the second. Mack escaped quickly and again in the third but backed up most the final frame to earn the stall warnings.

Junior/sophomore Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy), ranked 19th, lost in similar fashion against No. 2 Matt Wilps at 197 pounds. Neither wrestler scored offensive points in regulation as Wilps earned an escape in the second period and Huntley, who elected neutral to start the third, drew a pair of late stall calls on the Pitt wrestler. Huntley just missed on a deep single leg at the third-period buzzer and shot in again early in the sudden-victory frame, which Wilps countered to score and win 3-1.

Needing to hold No. 10-ranked Pitt heavyweight Zac Thomusseit to decision in the final match, sophomore/freshmanJustin Dozier (Woodhaven, Mich./Woodhaven HS) gave Wolverine fans a scare when he was cradled and put to his back in the waning seconds of the match. But Dozier bellied out with five seconds left on the clock, allowing five points but not the pin in a 6-0 decision loss.

The Wolverines will head west next weekend, returning to action with a pair of non-conference dual meet. On Friday (Nov. 15), Michigan will face Oregon State at 7 p.m. PDT in Corvallis, Ore., before closing out the weekend on Sunday (Nov. 17) with a 2 p.m. PDT dual against Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.

125 -- #14 Sean Boyle (U-M) dec. Godwin Nyama, 6-0 U-M, 3-0
133 -- #7 Shelton Mack (Pitt) dec. Rossi Bruno, 8-6 SV Tie, 3-3
141 -- Camryn Jackson (U-M) dec. Travis Shaffer, 13-12 U-M, 6-3
149 -- #11 Eric Grajales (U-M) dec. Donnie Tasser, 4-3 U-M, 9-3
157 -- Jake Salazar (U-M) dec. Troy Reaghard, 8-1 U-M, 12-3
165 -- Tyler Wilps (Pitt) dec. #7 Taylor Massa, 5-3 SV U-M, 12-6
174 -- #14 Dan Yates (U-M) major dec. Nick Bonaccorsi, 16-5 U-M, 16-6
184 -- Max Thomusseit (Pitt) dec. #18 Jordan Thomas, 11-5 U-M, 16-9
197 -- #2 Matt Wilps (Pitt) dec. #19 Max Huntley, 3-1 SV U-M, 16-12
Hwt -- #10 Zac Thomusseit (Pitt) dec. Justin Dozier, 6-0 U-M, 16-15


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