ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team was dominant in its Big Ten Conference opener, claiming eight matches -- four with bonus points -- en route to a 32-7 win against Indiana on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 9) in front of a crowd of 1,208 at Cliff Keen Arena.
The Wolverines won their matches in streaks, taking each of the first four bouts before again winning four in a row out of the intermission break. Senior/junior Jackson Striggow headlined with a second-period fall from the bottom position, while fifth-year senior Malik Amine and senior/junior Myles Amine both earned technical falls, outscoring their Hoosier opposition by a combined 37-1 margin.
Striggow pinned Indiana's Jake Kleimola at the 3:27 mark of the 197-pound bout for his first fall of the season. With the score knotted at 2 after an IU takedown and U-M reversal in the first, Striggow started down in the second and went head hunting, stacking Kleimola to bring an early end to the match. The Hoosiers were also deducted a team point in the aftermath of the bout.
Striggow's match was also the third in a row that produced bonus points at the upperweights for Michigan. Myles Amine, ranked third nationally at 174 pounds, cruised to a 19-1 technical fall against Jake Hinz behind three takedowns and three sets of near fall to end the bout at the 4:30 mark. Amine twice turned Hinz in the second period, off a leg turk early in the frame and again off a cradle to secure the tech-fall margin. Amine is 9-0 on the season.
Sophomore/junior Jelani Embree, ranked 19th nationally, also rolled in his 184-pound bout against Norman Conley, using four takedowns, four back points and 3:44 in riding time to win decisively, 14-2. Embree scored on a blast double off the opening whistle and immediately turked Conley for four near fall. He added another double leg in the second and a low single in the third to ice the bonus win and remain unbeaten in dual-meet action.
Malik Amine rounded out the Wolverines' bonus winners with an 18-0 technical fall over Michael De La Pena at 149 pounds. Amine, who built his lead with a first-period takedown and second-period reversal, just missed on a leg-turk turn in the second, but went back to it in the third, turning De La Pena three times for 12 points to end the match at 6:52.
Michigan opened the dual with three straight decision wins at the lowerweights. Sophomore Drew Mattin, ranked 10th nationally at 125 pounds, took advantage of an early lead to beat Liam Cronin, 9-6, at the opening weight. Mattin scored on a first-period single before putting Cronin in danger from neutral to break the bout open with a four-point move in the second.
Senior/junior Stevan Micic, ranked second at 133 pounds, used a big third period to beat Garrett Pepple, 10-4 -- coming just a second shy of a bonus point. With the score tied at 2 after the first period, Micic pulled away with a reversal and rideout in the second and a high crotch in the third. He tilted Pepple late in the third, but earned three one counts. Micic improved to 3-0 on the season.
Junior/sophomore Kanen Storr, ranked eighth at 141 pounds, took the dual's marquee match with a 3-1 decision over 15th-ranked -- and Michigan native -- Cole Weaver. After a scoreless first period, Storr used a power half to turn Weaver for two midway through the second period. He lost his riding-time advantage in the third, but escaped to preserve his two-point lead. Storr also is unbeaten in duals this season.
After Indiana got on the board with a win at 157 pounds, seventh-ranked senior/junior Logan Massa re-established the Wolverines' momentum after the intermission break with an 8-2 decision over Bryce Martin at 165 pounds. Massa scored on three takedowns -- a pair of head-in-the-hole attacks and a reshot double leg in the waning seconds of the second period. He added 2:44 riding-time advantage. Massa is 3-0 in duals this season.
Michigan will resume its dual-meet schedule in the new year, when they head west for non-conference slates at Oregon State and Arizona State. The Wolverines first will take on the Beavers in the fourth annual Joe Wells Classic at 7 p.m. PST on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Corvallis, Oregon. U-M will wrap the road swing in Tempe, Arizona, where the Wolverines will take on the Sun Devils at 8 p.m. MST on Saturday, Jan. 5.
125 -- #10 Drew Mattin (U-M) dec. Liam Cronin, 9-6 [U-M, 3-0]
133 -- #2 Stevan Micic (U-M) dec. Garrett Pepple, 10-4 [U-M, 6-0]
141 -- #8 Kanen Storr (U-M) dec. #15 Cole Weaver, 3-1 [U-M, 9-0]
149 -- Malik Amine (U-M) tech. fall Michael De La Pena, 18-0 (6:52) [U-M, 14-0]
157 -- Jake Danishek (IU) major dec. Layne Van Anrooy, 10-2 [U-M, 14-4]
165 -- #7 Logan Massa (U-M) dec. Bryce Martin, 8-2 [U-M, 17-4]
174 -- #3 Myles Amine (U-M) tech. fall Jake Hinz, 19-1 (4:30) [U-M, 22-4]
184 -- #19 Jelani Embree (U-M) major dec. Norman Conley, 14-2 [U-M, 26-4]
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) pinned Jake Kleimola, 3:27 [U-M, 32-3*]
Hwt -- Fletcher Miller (IU) major dec. Luke Ready, 12-0 [U-M, 32-7]
* Indiana deducted a team point