ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team stormed out to an early lead and didn't let up, earning a 20-12 victory over No. 12 Oregon State in its home opener on Sunday (Nov. 17) at Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines won six individual matches and claimed bonus in two, while holding OSU to none.
Michigan claimed the first two weight classes to jump out to a six-point advantage. Sophomore/freshman Conor Youtsey (Parma, Mich./Mason HS), ranked 11th in the latest InterMat poll, opened the dual with a 11-4 decision against Pat Rollins at 125 pounds, earning three takedowns -- two in the third period -- a second-period reversal and 2:42 in riding-time advantage to control the match from start to finish. He scored his third takedown with 36 seconds remaining but just missed on the bonus point as Rollins escaped in the waning seconds of regulation.
Like Youtsey, sophomore Rossi Bruno (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) improved to 3-0 on the season with a controlling 8-3 decision against Drew Van Anrooy in the subsequent match at 133 pounds. He countered a OSU shot early in the first period and won the ensuing scramble, locking up a cradle to put Van Anrooy on his back for four points. Bruno added another takedown in the third period and accumulating 2:05 in time advantage.
The Beavers got on the board at 141 pounds as Joey Delgado rallied to 4-3 decision against sophomore/freshman Angelo Latora (Portage, Mich./Central HS). The Wolverine rookie led the bulk of the match after spinning around to score on the edge early in the first. He lost his riding-time advantage early in the third but escaped midway through the frame to retake a narrow one-point lead. Delgado stole it moments later, however, finishing on a single leg off a late restart.
Fifth-year senior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS), ranked fifth nationally, picked up his first win of the season at 149 pounds -- and it was a big one. The Wolverine senior used points in the first and third period to knock off top-ranked Scott Sakaguchi, 10-6. Grajales locked up a cradle on the edge early in the first but didn't get the call, settling instead for five points. Sakaguchi worked back into the match with two reversals and a takedown, but Grajales escaped quickly in the third to retain a narrow lead. He iced the match with 25 seconds left, countering a Sakaguchi trip attempt with a single-leg takedown and riding out the period.
Oregon State narrowed the U-M advantage before the intermission break with a 9-7 decision win from fifth-ranked R.J. Pena at 157 pounds. Senior/junior Jake Salazar (Midway, Utah/Wasatch HS) kept the match close, however, scoring on two takedowns and temporarily putting Pena on his back early in the second period. Pena responded with a single leg in the second and escaped in the third to hang on.
The teams split the next four matches with U-M claiming bonus points at 165 and 184 pounds and the Beavers earning decisions at 174 and 197.
Fifth-year senior Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) cruised to a 12-2 major decision against Alex Elder at 165 pounds. Yates, ranked sixth nationally, scored four takedowns, including three on a head-in-the-hole counter attacks, and accumulated 3:06 in riding time to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Junior/sophomore Ben Ralston (Oxford, Mich./Oxford HS) fell to Joe Latham, 7-5, at 174 pounds. The Beaver wrestler converted on three takedowns, but Ralston cut down the final margin, converting on a single leg and closing out the match on top.
Senior/junior captain Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy) rolled to a 11-2 major decision against Brian Engdahl at 197 pounds, finishing on four single-leg attacks and adding a two-point near fall off the first early in the first period. After countering a sloppy single attack in the third, he rode out the match, finishing with 3:13 in time advantage.
Senior/junior Chris Heald (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield HS) knotted up the score against top-ranked Taylor Meeks in the third period of the 197-pound contest but couldn't quite pull off the upset, falling 7-5. Heald scored on a reversal in the second and after evened the score on a single-leg takedown, driving it across the mat to finish midway through the third. Meeks reversed, however, and added a riding-time point at match's end to hang on.
Freshman Adam Coon (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville HS) capped the Wolverine win with a convincing one of his own at heavyweight, defeating Amarveer Dhesi, 7-2. After a scoreless first period, Coon used a switch for a quick reversal in the second and scored on two takedowns in the third, riding out the match to accumulate 1:06 in time advantage. Coon had previously lost to Dhesi in the FILA Junior finals last summer.
The Wolverines will return to competition next Sunday (Nov. 24), hosting Stanford at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.
125 -- #11 Conor Youtsey (U-M) dec. Pat Rollins, 11-4 U-M, 3-0
133 -- Rossi Bruno (U-M) dec. Drew Van Anrooy, 8-3 U-M, 6-0
141 -- Joey Delgado (OSU) dec. Angelo Latora, 4-3 U-M, 6-4
149 -- #5 Eric Grajales (U-M) dec. #1 Scott Sakaguchi, 10-6 U-M, 9-3
157 -- #5 R.J. Pena (OSU) dec. Jake Salazar, 9-7 U-M, 9-6
165 -- #6 Dan Yates (U-M) major dec. Alex Elder, 12-2 U-M, 13-6
174 -- Joe Latham (OSU) dec. Ben Ralston, 7-5 U-M, 13-9
184 -- #11 Max Huntley (U-M) major dec. Brian Engdahl, 11-2 U-M, 17-9
197 -- #1 Taylor Meeks (OSU) dec. Chris Heald, 7-5 U-M, 17-12
Hwt -- Adam Coon (U-M) dec. Amarveer Dhesi, 7-2 U-M, 20-12