NOVI, Mich. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team built its lead early through the upperweights and took advantage of a bonus win to knock off No. 11 Arizona State, 21-18, on Friday evening (Nov. 10) at Detroit Catholic Central High School. The Wolverines won six of 10 individual bouts, earning major decisions in three.
Arizona State claimed the dual's first bout at 157 pounds -- on a last-second takedown -- but Michigan claimed four of the next five matches through the middle -- and upperweights before junior/sophomore Sal Profaci clinched the dual win with a 12-0 major decision against Nikko Villarreal at 141 pounds -- with one match remaining.
Profaci fought off three deep leg attacks in the first period before breaking the bout open on a reshot on the edge in the waning moments of the period. Profaci pulled Villarreal back to the center of the mat with a single leg and, when Villarreal tried to dive through, put him on his back for six points and a sizable first lead. Profaci added two more takedowns -- one each in the second and third periods -- and rode for 1:04 advantage time.
After ASU claimed two of the opening three bouts, junior/sophomore Logan Massa and fifth-year senior Domenic Abounader put Michigan ahead for good with their wins at 165 and 184 pounds, respectively, but both had to overcome early deficits. Massa, ranked third nationally, gave up the first takedown to sixth-ranked Anthony Valencia -- and had to fight off his back early -- but rallied with four takedowns for an 11-3 major decision -- already his second win over the Sun Devils this season.
Abounader, ranked fifth, gave up two takedowns in the first period to Kordell Norfleet, but reversed the Sun Devil to his back in the waning moments of the opening frame and pulled away with takedowns in the second and third for a 10-5 decision victory.
Graduate student Kevin Beazley, ranked sixth nationally, won his Michigan dual-meet debut -- and return to his alma mater, DCC -- with a 7-2 decision against Cade Belshay at 197 pounds. Beazley built his lead with takedowns in the first and second periods and, despite giving up a takedown in the third, accumulated 2:23 in riding-time advantage.
Graduate student Adam Coon, ranked second, won perhaps the dual's marquee match with a 5-2 decision against fourth-ranked Tanner Hall at heavyweight. After looking for an upper-body tie for much of the first period, he capitalized late in the frame, tossing Hall to his back for four points with just second remaining on the clock. Hall scored his points on two escapes in the third period -- the latter off a Coon injury time. The win was Coon's second over a ranked opponent this season.
A Michigan forfeit at 125 pounds -- due to a nagging injury and two true freshmen presently still on redshirt -- narrowed the team score to 13-12, but the Wolverines responded with back-to-back major decisions to seal the team win.
Junior/sophomore Stevan Micic, ranked second at 133 pounds, preceded Profaci's dual-clinching win with an equally dominant 15-5 major decision against Ali Naser. Micic blew the match open in the first period with three takedowns and four near falls off the latter -- a foot sweep late in the frame. After Naser scored a takedown in the second, Micic sealed the bonus win with another of his own in the third, riding out the match for 2:23 time advantage.
Michigan will hit the road next Sunday (Nov. 19), traveling to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to face Lehigh at 2 p.m. at Grace Hall.
157 -- #12 Josh Shields (ASU) dec. #7 Alec Pantaleo, 4-3 ASU, 3-0
165 --#3 Logan Massa (U-M) major dec. #6 Anthony Valencia, 11-3 U-M, 4-3
174 -- #1 Zahid Valencia (ASU) dec. #4 Myles Amine, 4-2 ASU, 6-4
184 -- #5 Domenic Abounader (U-M) dec. Kordell Norfleet, 10-5 U-M, 7-6
197 -- #6 Kevin Beazley (U-M) dec. Cade Belshay, 7-2 U-M, 10-6
Hwt -- #2 Adam Coon (U-M) dec. #4 Tanner Hall, 5-2 U-M, 13-6
125 -- #7 Ryan Millhof (ASU) won by forfeit U-M, 13-12
133 -- #2 Stevan Micic (U-M) major dec. Ali Naser, 15-5 U-M, 17-12
141 -- Sal Profaci (U-M) major dec. Nikko Villarreal, 12-0 U-M, 21-12
149 -- #13 Josh Maruca (ASU) injury def. Malik Amine, 2:08 U-M, 21-18