Michigan downs Duke, Eastern Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team cruised to a pair of lopsided victories, defeating Duke, 30-14, and Eastern Michigan, 32-3, to sweep its tri-meet on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 8) at Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines close out the first semester with a 6-1 dual record.

Michigan earned bonus points in five of six individual wins against the Blue Devils, including a technical fall at 125 pounds and forfeit victory at 133 to jump out to a sizable early advantage. Senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) converted on five takedowns and secured six back points en route to a 17-2 win over Peter Terrezza at the opening weight. After Terrezza chose neutral to start the third period, Boyle came out on top of an early scramble and tilted the Blue Devil wrestler for three points. Needing just one point for the tech fall, Boyle cut him loose and finished quickly on an ankle pick to end the match at the 6:46 mark.

Sophomore/freshman Camryn Jackson (Lansing, Mich./Eastern HS) scored five takedowns, including three in the final period, to claim an 11-7 decision against Tanner Hough at 141 pounds and extend U-M's early advantage to 14 points.

The Blue Devils got on the board with a decision at 149 pounds before U-M claimed back-to-back bonus wins from junior/sophomore Michael Carpenter (Bozeman, Mont./Bozeman HS) and freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively. Carpenter scored on six takedowns -- three in the first period -- and accumulated 3:51 in riding-time advantage to earn a 15-4 major decision against Andrew DeHart. Massa finished on a quick single leg takedown in the subsequent bout before cradling up Randy Roden to earn a pin at the 1:07 mark.

After Duke narrowed the team score with three straight wins at the upperweights, fifth-year senior heavyweight Ben Apland (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South HS) secured another Michigan first-period fall -- and his first of two on the day -- using a half to pin Brendan Walsh at 2:45.

After a brief 15-minute break, the Wolverines returned to the mat to claim nine of 10 matches against Washtenaw County rival Eastern Michigan, earning bonus points with a technical fall at 149 pounds and another pin at heavyweight.

Freshman Rossi Bruno (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS), who accepted a forfeit victory in his first match of the day, just missed on bonus points in a 9-2 decision against Vincent Pizzuto at 133 pounds. Bruno scored on takedowns in the first and second periods and added a three-point tilt and 2:59 in riding time to control the match from start to finish.

Michigan's three starters who sat out the Duke match earned victories against the Eagles. Senior/junior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) rolled to a 15-0 technical fall against Mike LeHolm, scoring on an early takedown before turning LeHolm four times for 11 back points in the first and second periods. After the Eagle wrestler chose neutral to start the third, Grajales finished on a single leg to end the match at 5:24. Senior/junior captain Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) scored on a single leg of his own late in the first period against Jacob Davis in the 174-pound match and added points on am escape, second stall call, technical violation and 2:33 in time advantage to win 6-2.

Junior/sophomore Chris Heald (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield HS), who wrestled at 197 in the earlier dual, scored four takedowns -- two in the third period -- to claim a 9-5 decision against the Eagles' Phillip Joseph at 184 pounds. Junior/sophomore Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy) returned to the lineup at 197 pounds and took advantage of a five-point move in the first period to defeat Khoder Hoballah, 5-1.

The Wolverines will take a break for the holidays before returning to competition at the 50th annual Midlands Championships, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-30, in Evanston, Ill. Hosted by Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the first session will start at 9:30 a.m. CST.

#14 Michigan 30, Duke 14
125 -- Sean Boyle (U-M) tech. fall Peter Terrezza, 17-2 (6:46) U-M, 5-0
133 -- Rossi Bruno (U-M) win by forfeit U-M, 11-0
141 -- Camryn Jackson (U-M) dec. Tanner Hough, 11-7 U-M, 14-0
149 -- Marcus Cain (Duke) dec. John Evashevski, 7-5 U-M, 14-3
157 -- Michael Carpenter (U-M) major dec. Andrew DeHart, 15-4 U-M, 18-3
165 -- Taylor Massa (U-M) pinned Randy Roden, 1:07 U-M, 24-3
174 -- Trey Adamson (Duke) major dec. Brandon Hill, 10-2 U-M, 24-7
184 -- Diego Bencomo (Duke) dec. Jordan Thomas, 6-3 U-M, 24-10
197 -- Conner Hartmann (Duke) major dec. Chris Heald, 9-0 U-M, 24-14
Hwt -- Ben Apland (U-M) pinned Brendan Walsh, 2:45 U-M, 30-14

#14 Michigan 32, Eastern Michigan 3
125 -- Sean Boyle (U-M) dec. Jared Germaine, 10-6 U-M, 3-0
133 -- Rossi Bruno (U-M) dec. Vincent Pizzuto, 9-2 U-M, 6-0
141 -- Camryn Jackson (U-M) dec. Seth Schaner, 9-7 U-M, 9-0
149 -- Eric Grajales (U-M) tech. fall Mike LeHolm, 15-0 (5:24) U-M, 14-0
157 -- Aaron Sulzer (EMU) dec. Michael Carpenter, 8-5 U-M, 14-3
165 -- #10 Taylor Massa (U-M) dec. Jacob Dorulla, 9-4 U-M, 17-3
174 -- #14 Dan Yates (U-M) dec. Jacob Davis, 6-2 U-M, 20-3
184 -- Chris Heald (U-M) dec. Phillip Joseph, 9-5 U-M, 23-3
197 -- Max Huntley (U-M) dec. Khoder Hoballah, 5-1 U-M, 26-3
Hwt -- Ben Apland (U-M) pinned Chris Eggert, 0:53 U-M, 32-3


Login or Register to post a comment