ATLANTA -- Senior Rossi Bruno earned an overtime victory at 133 pounds to highlight the No. 3-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team's participation in the 50th annual NWCA All-Star Classic on Sunday evening (Nov. 1) at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion. Graduate student Max Huntley and junior Adam Coon also represented the Wolverines, dropping decisions at 197 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.
The NWCA All-Star Classic displayed the new 2015-16 NCAA rules, including stalling criteria and four-point near fall as well as an experimental three-point takedown -- only used as a trial in tonight's event. All matches were considered exhibitions and do not count toward the wresters' season records.
Bruno, ranked ninth preseason by InterMat, used an overtime takedown to knock off Lehigh's third-ranked Mason Beckman, 4-1, in the 133-pound contest. The wrestlers traded escapes and a couple flurries during regulation, including a wild scramble -- initiated by a Bruno high-crotch shot -- at the buzzer in the second period. After sprawling out of a deep Beckman shot in the third, Bruno struck on another high crotch early in the sudden-victory frame, covering Beckman's roll-through attempt to earn the winning takedown.
Huntley, ranked fifth at 197 pounds, dropped an 8-1 decision against Duke's third-ranked Conner Hartmann, falling behind early after a pair of first-period takedowns, including one in the waning seconds of the frame. Hartmann added an escape in the second and rode out the third.
Coon, ranked second at heavyweight, was also doomed by a slow start in a 9-3 loss against Virginia Tech's fourth-ranked Ty Walz in the final bout of the event. Walz struck in deep on a single leg and though Coon fought it off for nearly 30 second, the Hokie wrestler finished by driving Coon to his back for an addition two near fall. Walz added another low single takedown in the second, while Coon struggled to lock up with Walz and get his offense going.
Michigan was one of three schools with three all-star selections, joining Oklahoma State and Lehigh. It marks the most Wolverine representatives since the inaugural 1967 event when Bob Fehrs, Jim Kamman and Dave Porter wrestled on the east squad -- coached by Cliff Keen.
The Wolverines will officially kick off the 2015-16 season in two weeks, heading to Troy, New York, for the annual Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals on Sunday, Nov. 15. U-M will face Sacred Heart (9:20 a.m.), West Virginia (11:15 a.m.) and Hofstra (3:15 p.m.).