CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team kicked off the New Year in dominant fashion, claiming eight individual matches -- five with bonus points -- en route to a 33-8 win at Oregon State on Thursday night (Jan. 3) at the Beavers' Gill Coliseum.
Freshman Mason Parris put an exclamation point on the Wolverine win with an 11-4 decision over No. 1-ranked Amar Dhesi in his varsity debut at heavyweight. Parris, who had only competed unattached in four open tournaments this season, controlled the bout from the outset, scoring on three takedowns in the first period -- including a single leg just 15 seconds into the match -- before adding another in the second and riding for 1:31 advantage time. It was the first match of the season for Dhesi, a two-time NCAA All-American and freestyle world medalist. Parris is now 18-3 in his rookie campaign.
Parris' win also capped a stretch of five straight Michigan victories to close out the dual meet, including three bonus wins over the stretch with a third-period fall from sophomore Reece Hughes at 184 pounds. Hughes, who wrestled up two weight classes against Myles Terry, took his first lead with a reversal on the edge of the mat early in the third, then locked up a bottom-leg cradle and earned his second pin this season at the 5:42 mark. It was Hughes' third dual win over the last two seasons -- all coming up in weight.
Michigan also earned technical falls from senior/juniors Stevan Micic and Logan Massa at 133 and 165 pounds, respectively. Micic's technical fall put the Wolverines ahead for good after senior/junior Austin Assad held third-ranked Ronnie Bresser to just a 6-2 decision at the opening weight. Micic, ranked third in the latest FloWrestling poll, rolled to an 18-2 win over Kegan Calkins behind four takedowns and eight back points, including a four-point straightjacket in the second period. He ended the bout with a high-crotch takedown at the 5:21 mark to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Massa, ranked sixth nationally at 165 pounds, piled on 14 points in the second half of the first period en route to a 16-0 technical fall over Aaron Olmos. He broke through with a single leg midway through the first then earned three sets of near fall on a suck back and a bow and arrow. He closed out the match with a low single leg at 3:17.
Fifth-year senior Malik Amine and senior/junior Jackson Striggow were similarly dominant in major decision victories at 149 and 197 pounds, respectively. Amine earned a 12-4 major decision against Josh Reyes, scoring on five takedowns, including two in the third period, and accumulating 5:24 in riding-time advantage. Striggow scored on six takedowns -- three in the first period -- and rode for 3:03 to beat Bob Coleman, 14-5. It was the second straight bonus win for both Wolverines.
Junior/sophomore Kanen Storr and senior/junior Myles Amine rounded the Wolverines' match winners with decisions and 149 and 174 pounds, respectively. Storr, ranked sixth, scored five takedowns en route to a 14-7 decision against Grant Willits and would have secured bonus if not for a last-second Willits escape. Amine, ranked third, also controlled from start to finish in a 9-3 decision against Colt Doyle with three takedowns -- two in the first period -- and a second-period reversal. Amine improved to 10-0 on the season; he and Storr are both 4-0 in dual meets.
Michigan (4-0) will wrap up its western road trip in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday (Jan. 5) when it takes on No. 16 Arizona State at 8 p.m. MST at the Sun Devils' Wells Fargo Arena.
125 -- #3 Ronnie Bresser (OSU) dec. Austin Assad, 6-2 [OSU, 3-0]
133 -- #3 Stevan Micic (U-M) tech. fall Kegan Calkins, 18-2 (5:21) [U-M, 5-3]
141 -- #6 Kanen Storr (U-M) dec. Grant Willits, 14-7 [U-M, 8-3]
149 -- Malik Amine (U-M) major dec. Josh Reyes, 12-4 [U-M, 12-3]
157 -- Hunter Willits (OSU) tech. fall Layne Van Anrooy, 18-3 (5:44) [U-M, 12-8]
165 -- #6 Logan Massa (U-M) tech. fall Aaron Olmos, 16-0 (3:17) [U-M, 17-8]
174 -- #3 Myles Amine (U-M) dec. Colt Doyle, 9-3 (4:30) [U-M, 21-8]
184 -- Reece Hughes (U-M) pinned Myles Terry, 5:42 [U-M, 24-8]
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) major dec. Bob Coleman, 14-5 [U-M, 30-8]
Hwt -- Mason Parris (U-M) dec. #1 Amar Dhesi, 11-4 [U-M, 33-8]