Huge start, bonus wins propel Michigan past Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team won each of its first seven matches, earning bonus points in four bouts, to cruise to a 27-15 win against No. 17 Oklahoma in its first true road competition of the 2016-17 season on Friday night (Nov. 18) at the Sooners' McCasland Field House.

"Overall, it was just a great team effort," said head coach Joe McFarland. "As a coaching staff, we're really liking the energy that these guys are bringing to the mat. We had Oklahoma on their heels with an aggressive, attacking style. That's exactly what we want to see. We made some mistakes, but we'll continue to learn from those, and we'll just keep moving forward and keep getting better."

The Wolverines opened the dual with three straight bonus wins to build a 14-0 lead through the lowerweights. Sophomore/freshman Austin Assad set the tone in the first match with a second-period fall against Dalton Duffield at 125 pounds, earning his first collegiate dual win and first pin of the season. Amine, ranked 18th in the latest InterMat poll, jumped to an early lead with a pair of first-period takedowns and, starting on top in the second period, put in the legs in before turning Duffield in a power half to end the bout at the 4:25 mark.

Sophomore/freshman Stevan Micic and Sal Profaci followed with back-to-back major decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively. Micic, ranked 10th nationally, used four takedowns -- two apiece in the first and third periods -- and a second-period reversal to defeat Trae Blackwell, 11-3. Profaci similarly finished on four takedowns and reversal and accumulated 3:16 in riding-time advantage to beat Mike Longo. Like Assad, it is Profaci's first collegiate dual win.

The Wolverines knocked off nationally ranked opponents in each of the next three bouts at the middleweights, with decision victories from junior/sophomore Zac Hall, senior captain Brian Murphy and sophomore/freshman Logan Massa. Hall, unranked at 149 pounds, used a big second period to defeat 12th-ranked Davion Jeffries, 9-3, tacking on six points on a takedown and four-point leg turk in the final 30 seconds of the frame. He added another takedown in the third period to ice the win.

Murphy, ranked fifth at 157 pounds, converted on five takedowns, using a variety of knee picks, barzegar and single-leg finishes, to roll past 12th-ranked DaWaylon Barnes, 11-4, for his second straight win over a ranked opponent. After a low-scoring first period, he broke it open with two takedowns apiece in the second and third. Massa, ranked seventh at 165 pounds, made a pair of first-period takedowns hold up in his 4-2 decision against 10th-ranked Clark Glass. He improved to 7-0 on the season.

Sophomore/freshman Myles Amine added another bonus victory -- already his fifth of the season -- with an 11-2 major decision against Hayden Hansen at 174 pounds. He broke the match open early with a takedown and four-point leg turk in the first period before adding a takedown in the second, reversal in the third and 3:23 in riding-time advantage. Like Massa, he improved to 7-0 on the season.

Oklahoma claimed the final three bouts, earning big points with falls at 184 pounds and heavyweight, but the Wolverines already had clinched the dual victory.

Michigan will travel to Corvallis, Oregon, to wrap up the road trip against No. 24 Oregon State on Sunday (Nov. 20). The dual is slated for a noon PST start at Gill Coliseum and will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Oregon.

125 -- #18 Austin Assad (U-M) pinned Dalton Duffield, 4:25 U-M, 6-0
133 -- #10 Stevan Micic (U-M) major dec. Trae Blackwell, 11-3 U-M, 10-0
141 -- Sal Profaci (U-M) major dec. Mike Longo, 12-4 U-M, 14-0
149 -- Zac Hall (U-M) dec. #12 Davion Jeffries, 9-3 U-M, 17-0
157 -- #5 Brian Murphy (U-M) dec. #12 DaWaylon Barnes, 11-4 U-M, 20-0
165 -- #7 Logan Massa (U-M) dec. #10 Clark Glass, 4-2 U-M, 23-0
174 -- Myles Amine (U-M) major dec. Hayden Hansen, 11-2 U-M, 27-0
184 -- Andrew Dixon (OU) pinned Ernest Battaglia, 4:05 U-M, 27-6
197 -- Brad Johnson (OU) dec. Jackson Striggow, 6-4 SV U-M, 27-9
Hwt -- #12 Ross Larson (OU) pinned Kostya Golobokov, 0:36 U-M, 27-15


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