EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team used a late surge, winning five of the last six matches, to take down intrastate rival Michigan State, 24-15, in the Big Ten Conference dual finale on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 10) at Jenison Fieldhouse. The Wolverines claimed six individual wins, earning bonus points in four.
With the dual starting at 184 pounds -- and MSU's tough stretch at the upperweights -- the Spartans claimed three of the opening four weight classes, including an unexpected pin at 125 pounds, to jump to an early nine-point advantage.
Junior/sophomore Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy) kept the score close early with a 7-4 decision over Nick McDiarmid at 197 pounds, finishing on a first-period double-leg takedown and a second-period single. He added a quick reversal in the second and rode for 1:26 time advantage.
The Spartans extended their advantage with a first-period fall at 125 pounds, where Brenan Lyon rolled through in an early scramble to put senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) on his back and end the bout at the 2:01 mark. Boyle, ranked 15th, had been working to finish a deep single-leg shot.
Freshman Rossi Bruno (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) earned some of the points back with a 11-1 major decision over Brandon Fifield in the subsequent match at 133 pounds. Bruno struck early, countering an MSU attack to score and ride out the first period. He added a reversal in the second and, with bonus in mind, hit a five-point throw midway through the third to break it open. He finished with 5:04 in time advantage and cut the Wolverines' gap to 12-7 at intermission.
Senior/junior Mike Hillock (Massillon, Ohio/Perry HS) kept Michigan's momentum after the break, using a last-second takedown to earn his first collegiate dual win with a 4-3 decision over Nick Trimble at 141 pounds. Hillock took the initial lead with a first-period single leg but was ridden the entirety of the second, giving up a stall point on bottom, and allowed a quick escape in the third. Down a point late, Hillock struck deep on a single, wrapping up Trimble's other ankle on the edge to steal away the lead. He rode out the match, erasing MSU time advantage, to hang on for the win.
Senior/junior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) picked up big bonus points with a first-period pin against Dan Osterman at 149 pounds to give Michigan its first lead in the dual. Grajales hit an early headlock to score five points in the opening 30 seconds and secured a second to end the bout a minute later, pinning Osterman at the 1:28 mark. Grajales finished the Big Ten dual season with a perfect 8-0 record.
MSU claimed its final win at 157 pounds, before the Wolverines ended the dual with back-to-back 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.
Like Grajales, Massa wrapped the Big Ten dual season with a perfect mark, using a big first period to earn a 15-0 technical fall over Nick Proctor at 165. The Wolverine freshman, ranked ninth, scored on a knee pick midway through the opening frame before turning Proctor three times for nine points. He added another two-point turn in the second and used his 3:44 time advantage to secure his sixth tech fall of the season.
Yates, ranked 10th, closed out the dual with a 12-5 major decision over Jordan Wohlfert at 174 pounds, scoring on five takedowns -- four in the first period -- and accumulating 2:28 in riding time. Yates allowed just five escapes in the match, including one in the waning seconds to just miss on bonus.
Michigan will close out the dual portion of its 2012-13 schedule next Sunday (Feb. 17) heading to Corvallis, Ore., to participate in the annual Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals. In addition to Michigan and host Oregon State, the Corvallis regional will feature Oklahoma and Virginia Tech in a four-team bracket.
184 -- #18 John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Chris Heald, 6-1 MSU, 3-0
197 -- Max Huntley (U-M) dec. Nick McDiarmid, 7-4 Tied, 3-3
Hwt -- #7 Mike McClure (MSU) dec. #19 Ben Apland, 5-1 MSU, 6-3
125 -- Brenan Lyon (MSU) pinned #15 Sean Boyle, 2:01 MSU, 12-3
133 -- Rossi Bruno (U-M) major dec. Brandon Fifield, 11-1 MSU, 12-7
141 -- Mike Hillock (U-M) dec. Nick Trimble, 4-3 MSU, 12-10
149 -- #10 Eric Grajales (U-M) pinned Dan Osterman, 1:28 U-M, 16-12
157 -- Ryan Watts (MSU) dec. Michael Carpenter, 3-1 U-M, 16-15
165 -- #9 Taylor Massa (U-M) tech. fall Nick Proctor, 15-0 (7:00) U-M, 21-15
174 -- #10 Dan Yates (U-M) dec. Jordan Wohlfert, 12-5 U-M, 24-15