EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team claimed eight matches, earning bonus points in four to roll to a dominant 30-10 over in-state rival Michigan State on Friday night (Jan. 18) at Jenison Field House. The Wolverines improved to 7-0 with the win.
Senior/junior Stevan Micic, who moved to No. 1 at 133 pounds in the national rankings this week, kicked off a stretch of six straight match wins with a quick first-period fall over Anthony Tutolo. Micic was in deep on a single leg early when Tutolo attempted to dive underneath and Micic locked up a cradle for the pin at the 41-second mark. It was his second fall of the season, improving to 7-0.
Junior/sophomore Kanen Storr, ranked fifth place 141 pounds, overcame an initial deficit to beat Austin Eicher, 13-7. After giving up an early takedown and a penalty point in the first period, Storr worked the score back to 5-5 before riding out the second and breaking it open with three takedowns in the third. He finished with 2:49 in riding-time advantage.
The Wolverines claimed major decisions in each of their next three bouts to bracket the intermission break. Senior/junior Ben Lamantia stepped into the lineup and took advantage of a big early lead to earn a 13-5 major decision over Jaden Enriquez at 149 pounds. He scored on a high crotch and quick four-point tilt to build an early six-point lead and used an ankle pick on the edge in the third to push into bonus-point territory. It was Lamantia's second dual win of the season, he also won at 157 pounds against Lehigh.
Fifth-year senior Alec Pantaleo, ranked 11th at 157 pounds, scored five takedowns and rode for 1:52 to earn a 12-3 major decision over Jake Tucker for his second straight dual win back in the lineup. Pantaleo used a combination of doubles, singles and a late go behind and rode for 1:52 advantage time.
Senior/junior Logan Massa, competing in his backyard from hometown St. Johns, Michigan, converted on nine takedowns to cruise to a 20-9 major decision over Austin Hiles after the break at 165 pounds. Massa, ranked seventh nationally, gave up the first point on a hands-to-the-face penalty before scoring on five takedowns in the first period. He added four more in the second and accumulated 1:50 in time advantage.
Senior/junior Myles Amine, ranked third at 174 pounds, scored on single legs in the first and third periods to defeat Drew Hughes, 5-3. He scrambled to finish his single-leg shot early in the third to ice the bout.
The Spartans earned bonus points with a first-period fall at 184 pounds, before senior/junior Jackson Striggow and freshman Mason Parris closed out the dual with decisions at 197 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. Striggow won a wild one, using his 1:12 riding-time advantage to secure a 7-6 win over Brad Wilton -- his fifth straight dual win. After Wilton earned a reversal to tie the score early in the third, Striggow escaped then immediately shot in on a single leg to take a three-point lead. Wilton responded in kind, however, and took Striggow to his back with one second remaining. The officials looked for potential near fall on video review, but time had expired.
Parris, ranked eighth at heavyweight, overcame an initial deficit in a 5-3 decision over Chase Beard. The Spartan scored on a flash single leg in the first period, before Parris rallied with a single leg of his own to take his first lead in the second. Parris rode out the third period, finishing with 2:25 in time advantage. The Wolverine freshman is 4-0 in duals since coming out of redshirt in the New Year.
Michigan (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) returns home on Sunday (Jan. 20) when it will host No. 18 Purdue at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. The dual will be streamed live via BTN Plus. Tickets are still available through the U-M Ticket Office.
125 -- #7 RayVon Foley (MSU) major dec. Austin Assad, 10-2 [MSU, 4-0]
133 -- #1 Stevan Micic (U-M) pinned Anthony Tutolo, 0:41 [U-M, 6-4]
141 -- #5 Kanen Storr (U-M) dec. Austin Eicher, 13-7 [U-M, 9-4]
149 -- Ben Lamantia (U-M) major dec. Jaden Enriquez, 13-5 [U-M, 13-4]
157 -- #11 Alec Pantaleo (U-M) major dec. Jake Tucker, 12-3 [U-M, 17-4]
165 -- #6 Logan Massa (U-M) major dec. Austin Hiles, 20-9 (5:42) [U-M, 21-4]
174 -- #3 Myles Amine (U-M) dec. Drew Hughes, 5-3 [U-M, 24-4]
184 -- #15 Cameron Caffey (MSU) pinned J.T. Correll, 1:41 [U-M, 24-10]
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) dec. Brad Wilton, 8-6 [U-M, 27-10]
Hwt -- #8 Mason Parris (U-M) dec. Chase Beard, 5-3 [U-M, 30-10]