ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team claimed seven individual bouts, including six of the first seven, to knock off No. 6 Lehigh, 21-13, in the Wolverines' home opener on Sunday evening (Nov. 18) before a crowd of 3,297 fans at Crisler Center.
With just a five-point difference in the team score entering in the final bout, sophomore Drew Mattin -- typically the first match of the dual -- iced the Wolverines' win with a 3-2 decision over Nick Farro at 125 pounds. Farro used a first-period takedown to take the initial lead and took more than 1:30 of riding time, with choice, into the third period. Mattin, ranked 17th nationally, first rode off the time advantage then rode out the period, picking up a big stall point, to rally for the decision win.
Redshirt juniors Logan Massa and Myles Amine earned wins over ranked Lehigh wrestlers, bracketing the intermission break with decisions at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Massa, ranked fifth, took advantage of a fast start to beat 13th-ranked Cole Walter, 5-3, scoring on an ankle pick on a restart midway through the first period and added a go-behind late in the frame.
Amine, ranked third nationally, earned a 6-4 decision over seventh-ranked Jordan Kutler to claim the rubber match between the two wrestlers. Amine took the early lead on a single-leg takedown -- that was upheld on challenge -- in the first period and spun behind a bad shot to gain 1:00 in riding time and ice the match in the third. The two wrestlers split a pair of matches last season, with Kutler claiming the dual meeting and Amine winning, 3-2, in the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Wolverines' other NCAA All-American in the lineup, second-ranked redshirt junior Stevan Micic, opened the dual meet with a 7-3 decision against Brandon Paetzell at 133 pounds. Micic scored on two takedowns and a reversal, and accumulated 1:40 in riding-time advantage. He took an early lead with a throw by in the first and, after nearly reversing Paetzell to his back early in the second, added a single leg in the period. Massa, Amine and Micic own 2-0 records on the season.
Redshirt sophomore Kanen Storr, redshirt junior Ben Lamantia and redshirt freshman Jelani Embree all rounded out the Wolverine match winners with decisions in their home dual debuts. Storr, ranked 19th at 141 pounds, improved to 6-0 on the season -- and in his Maize and Blue career since transferring in over the summer -- with a 3-2 decision over Ryan Pomrinca on a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the second period.
Lamantia, who wrestled up a weight class for the second straight week, earned his first-ever dual win with a wild 9-7 decision against Kent Lane at 157 pounds. After trading takedowns in the first and second periods, Lane took a one-point lead with an escape early in the third, but Lamantia responded with a single-leg takedown midway through the period and an escape after a Lane injury timeout.
Embree scored three takedowns en route to an 8-3 decision over Andrew Prince at 184 pounds. He finished on an immediate single-leg shot and subsequent inside trip in the first and spun behind a bad Lehigh shot in the third to ice the match. He also accumulated 1:30 in riding-time advantage.
Michigan will take a week off over the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to action at the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, slated for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PST each day.
133 -- #2 Stevan Micic (U-M) dec. Brandon Paetzell, 7-3 [U-M, 3-0]
141 -- #19 Kanen Storr (U-M) dec. Ryan Pomrinca, 7-3 [U-M, 6-0]
149 -- Jimmy Hoffman (LU) injury def. Malik Amine, 2:58 [Tie, 6-6]
157 -- Ben Lamantia (U-M) dec. Kent Lane, 9-7 [U-M, 9-6]
165 -- #5 Logan Massa (U-M) dec. #13 Cole Walter, 5-3 [U-M, 12-6]
174 -- #3 Myles Amine (U-M) dec. #7 Jordan Kutler, 6-4 [U-M, 15-6]
184 -- Jelani Embree (U-M) dec. Andrew Price, 8-3 [U-M, 18-6]
197 -- Jake Jakobsen (LU) dec. #16 Jackson Striggow, 4-1 [U-M, 18-9]
Hwt -- #6 Jordan Wood (LU) major dec. Luke Ready, 16-5 [U-M, 18-13]
125 -- #17 Drew Mattin (U-M) dec. Nick Farro, 3-2 [U-M, 21-13]