Quick start, bonus points carry Michigan over Indiana

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team took advantage of a fast start and bonus points to cruise past Indiana, 30-13, on Friday evening (Feb. 1) at University Gymnasium. The Wolverines won seven individual matches, earning bonus in four, en route to their second straight Big Ten Conference win.

Senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) opened the dual with a controlling 8-3 decision over Joe Duca at 125 pounds. Boyle, ranked 17th, scored two takedowns in the first and added another midway through the third while accumulating 2:08 of riding-time advantage.

Freshman Rossi Bruno (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) used a balanced attack to secure a 7-1 decision over Alonzo Shepherd in the subsequent match at 133 pounds -- his first career Big Ten dual victory. Bruno converted on a quick high crotch and a two-point tilt in the first before adding a third-period reversal and 4:03 of time advantage.

Sophomore/freshman Camryn Jackson (Lansing, Mich./Eastern HS) made his semester debut at 141 pounds, rallying from an early deficit to defeat Alexander Gregory, 7-4. After giving up an early takedown and more than two minutes of riding time, Jackson went on the attack in the second, scoring on a double leg and subsequent single to claim his first advantage. The Wolverine rookie added another takedown in the third and rode off Gregory's time advantage to finish on top.

Senior/junior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) remained perfect in Big Ten competition with a second-period pin -- his second of the season -- against Geno Capezio in the 149-pound contest. Grajales, ranked 12th, scored five points in the first on a quick takedown and three-point leg turk before cradling Capezio up in the second to end the bout at the 3:50 mark.

Indiana got on the board with a major decision from 12th-ranked Taylor Walsh at 157 pounds, before the Wolverines responded with back-to-back bonus wins from freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) and senior/junior Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively.

After getting ridden for most of the third period, Massa reversed the Hoosiers' Ryan Konz to his back in the closing seconds to seal a 21-4 technical fall -- his second in as many matches. Massa, ranked ninth, built up big points in the first period, scoring on two takedowns and eight back points but giving up a pair of reversals. He added a takedown in second and starting down in the third, drew a stall point before earning his late four-point move. Massa improved to 4-0 in Big Ten dual action.

Yates, ranked 10th, spent the bulk of his 174-pound match in the top position, accumulating 5:11 in riding-time advantage en route to a 9-0 major decision over Cheney Dale. Yates fought for and finished a single leg early in the first and after a quick escape in the second, added another low single. Starting on top in the third, he earned his major-decision margin with a three-point turn midway through the frame.

The teams traded six team points in the subsequent two matches with Indiana earning a first-period fall at 184 pounds and junior/sophomore Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy) picking up a forfeit victory at 197 pounds.

The Hoosiers closed out the dual meet with a decision at the heavyweight contest, where 13th-ranked Adam Chalfant took advantage of a fast start to earn a 9-7 decision over fifth-year senior Ben Apland (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South HS). The Wolverine wrestler, ranked 19th, took Chalfant to his back for four points late in the second but allowed an escape at the buzzer and gave up time advantage in the third to fall short of the comeback.

Michigan will close out the road trip on Sunday (Feb. 3), heading to West Lafayette, Ind., to face Purdue at 1 p.m. at Holloway Gymnasium.

125 -- #17 Sean Boyle (U-M) dec. Joe Duca, 8-3 U-M, 3-0
133 -- Rossi Bruno (U-M) dec. Alonzo Shepherd, 7-1 U-M, 6-0
141 -- Camryn Jackson (U-M) dec. Alexander Gregory, 7-4 U-M, 9-0
149 -- #12 Eric Grajales (U-M) pinned Geno Capezio, 3:50 U-M, 15-0
157 -- #12 Taylor Walsh (IU) major dec. Michael Carpenter, 11-2 U-M, 15-4
165 -- #9 Taylor Massa (U-M) tech. fall Ryan Konz, 21-4 (7:00) U-M, 20-4
174 -- #10 Dan Yates (U-M) major dec. Cheney Dale, 9-0 U-M, 24-4
184 -- Luke Sheridan (IU) pinned Chris Heald, 1:17 U-M, 24-10
197 -- Max Huntley (U-M) win by forfeit U-M, 30-10
Hwt -- #13 Adam Chalfant (IU) dec. #19 Ben Apland, 9-7 U-M, 30-13


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