ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team wrapped up its dual-meet slate with its most dominant win of the season, rolling to a 37-6 decision against Clarion on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 24) in front of 1,336 fans at Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines earned bonus points of six of their eight wins, including three pins -- their most in a dual this year.
The dual started at 149 pounds, and Michigan opened with back-to-back wins from fifth-year seniors Malik Amine and Alec Pantaleo, who were recognized pre-meet, along with seniors Sal Profaci and Mike Volyanyuk as part of Senior Day festivities, and making their final appearance at Keen Arena.
Amine earned a 10-3 decision against Avery Shay behind three takedowns and a pair of reversal. After striking first on a single leg in the first period, he gave up a reversal and a lengthy Clarion ride before scoring a late reversal of his own to retake the lead. Amine added another reversal in the second and finished on a pair of low singles in the third to ice the bout.
Pantaleo, ranked fifth nationally at 157 pounds, piled on the points en route to a 23-9 major decision against Mike Bartolo in his final Keen match. Pantaleo scored 11 takedowns, including five in the first period and four in the third, and used a wide arsenal of attacks -- singles, doubles, ducks and pancakes. Pantaleo rode for 3:48 to add a point at match's end but came up just a point shy of a technical fall.
Michigan followed two with more bonus wins, with senior/junior Logan Massa cruising to major decision at 165 pounds and senior/junior Myles Amine securing the first of three Wolverine pins at 174. Massa, ranked seventh nationally, scored five takedowns and rode for 5:01 to defeat Evan Delong, 12-4, for his seventh bonus win in nine matches, Amine built up a 15-4 lead on Max Wohlabaugh before catching the Golden Eagle's gator-roll attempt late to earn the pin on the edge at 6:40. It was Amine's second fall this season.
Sophomore/freshman Jelani Embree, ranked 20th, kept the Wolverines' winning streak alive to the intermission break with a 9-2 decision over Tyler Bagoly at 184 pounds. Embree scored on four takedowns -- two apiece in the first and second periods.
Clarion got on the board with a decision from its nationally-ranked 197-pounder Greg Bulsak, before the Wolverines responded with another fall from freshman heavyweight Mason Parris. Parris, ranked sixth nationally, had to rally after giving up the first takedown to Toby Cahill but took the lead with a single leg and rideout in the first. He rode for the bulk of the second before turning Cahill in an arm bar and securing the fall at 4:42 -- his team-best 11th pin of the season and third in dual competition.
Sophomore Drew Mattin and junior/sophomore Kanen Storr closed out the Wolverine wins with two more bonus victories over the final three bouts. Mattin, ranked 13th, used three takedowns and 12 back points to roll to an 18-2 first-period technical fall against Gavin Park at 125 pounds. He earned his near fall with three separate four-point tilts and ended the match with the third at the 2:57 mark.
Storr, ranked sixth at 141 pounds, put an exclamation point on the dual with a late pin in the closing seconds of his final match against Andrew Gapas. The Wolverine wrestler led, 19-7, late after scoring nine takedowns -- four in the third period -- when he went to cut Gapas and instead sunk a half for the fall at 6:49. It was his first fall of the season.
Michigan (13-1) will have two weeks to prepare for the 2019 Big Ten Championships, slated for Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Action will begin at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday and noon CT on Sunday at Williams Arena. Single-session tickets are still available through the Minnesota Ticket Office.
149 -- Malik Amine (U-M) dec. Avery Shay, 10-3 [U-M, 3-0]
157 -- #5 Alec Pantaleo (U-M) major dec. Mike Bartolo, 23-9 [U-M, 7-0]
165 -- #7 Logan Massa (U-M) major dec. Evan Delong, 12-4 [U-M, 11-0]
174 -- #4 Myles Amine (U-M) pinned Max Wohlabaugh, 6:40 [U-M, 17-0]
184 -- #20 Jelani Embree (U-M) dec. Tyler Bagoly, 9-2 [U-M, 20-0]
197 -- #16 Greg Bulsak (CU) dec. Jackson Striggow, 8-4 [U-M, 20-3]
Hwt -- #6 Mason Parris (U-M) pinned Toby Cahill, 4:43 [U-M, 26-3]
125 -- #13 Drew Mattin (U-M) tech. fall Gavin Park, 18-2 (2:57) [U-M, 31-3]
133 -- Seth Koleno (CU) dec. Jack Medley, 11-9 [U-M, 31-6]
141 -- #6 Kanen Storr (U-M) pinned Andrew Gapas, 6:49 [U-M, 37-6]