COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Freshman heavyweight Mason Parris used a pair of takedowns to earn a decision win in the final match and seal the No. 6-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team's 19-17 victory over No. 2 Ohio State on Friday night (Jan. 25) in front of a crowd of 7,465 at the Schottenstein Center. The Wolverines won six individual matches in the dual, improving to 9-0 on the season, while dealing the Buckeyes their first loss of the season.
With Ohio State taking a narrow one-point lead and the dual meet on the line in the last bout, Parris scored takedowns in the second and third periods to secure a 6-3 decision over 19th-ranked Chase Singletary and avenge an early-season loss to the fellow freshman. After missing on multiple shots in the first, Parris broke through with a second-period single -- taking his first lead in the match -- and iced it with a counter attack in the third, putting Singletary in danger before riding out the match to accumulate 1:13 in time advantage. Parris improved to 5-0 in duals since coming out of redshirt earlier this month.
Prior to Parris' match, the Wolverines earned their wins in bunches, taking the first two to build an early advantage at the lowerweights before reeling off three in a row at the middleweights. Michigan won the bouts in which it was favored and claimed the swing matches, notably a key bout at 157 pounds.
Fifth-year senior Alec Pantaleo, ranked 10th nationally, edged sixth-ranked Ke-Shawn Hayes, 3-2, behind a second-period takedown. Pantaleo shot in on a double leg, finishing it with a trip on a single in the air to score the bout's only offensive points. Pantaleo, who missed most of the first semester with illness, has claimed wins over ranked opponents in three of his last four matches since returning to the lineup.
Michigan set an early tone with wins from sophomore Drew Mattin and senior/junior Stevan Micic at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively. Mattin cruised to a 12-6 decision over Malik Heinselman in the opening bout, scoring on four takedowns -- two in the first period -- and riding for 1:26 advantage time. Heinselman cut the deficit with a takedown early in the third, but Mattin escaped and immediately scored on a double leg to ice it.
Micic backed up his No. 1 ranking at 133 pounds with a dominant 14-1 major decision over sixth-ranked Luke Pletcher. The Wolverine captain broke the match open immediately, scoring on a go-behind takedown and four-point leg turk before riding out the rest of the first period. Micic added high crotches in the second and third periods and added two more near falls in the closing seconds of the latter. He improved to 9-0 on the season, with bonus points in eight of his nine matches.
Michigan came out of the intermission break in similar fashion, with back-to-back wins from senior/juniors Logan Massa and Myles Amine at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Massa, ranked sixth nationally, earned a 7-2 decision over Kaleb Romero behind takedowns in the first and third periods and 2:10 in riding-time advantage. Massa iced the match with an ankle pick and rideout in the latter frame.
Amine, ranked third at 174 pounds, used a third-period takedown to earn a 3-2 decision over Ethan Smith. After missing on a single shot in the first and several stalemated position, Amine finished on a low single in the latter half of the third period to break the deadlocked contest.
The Wolverines also limited points in their four match losses to top-three ranked Buckeyes, most notably senior/junior Jackson Striggow, who held second-ranked Kollin Moore to a 12-5 decision at 197 pounds. Striggow narrowed the gap with a takedown in the second and spent much of the third period in deep on Moore's legs.
Michigan (9-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will return to the road next Friday (Feb. 1), heading to State College, Pennsylvania, to face No. 1-ranked Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center. The dual is slated for a 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.
125 -- #16 Drew Mattin (U-M) dec. Malik Heinselman, 12-6 [U-M, 3-0]
133 -- #1 Stevan Micic (U-M) major dec. #6 Luke Pletcher, 14-1 [U-M, 7-0]
141 -- #2 Joey McKenna (OSU) tech. fall #5 Kanen Storr, 18-3 (6:10) [U-M, 7-5]
149 -- #3 Micah Jordan (OSU) major dec. Malik Amine, 17-4 [OSU, 9-7]
157 -- #10 Alec Pantaleo (U-M) dec. #6 Ke-Shawn Hayes, 3-2 [U-M, 10-9]
165 -- #6 Logan Massa (U-M) dec. Kaleb Romero, 7-2 [U-M, 13-9]
174 -- #3 Myles Amine (U-M) dec. Ethan Smith, 3-2 [U-M, 16-9]
184 -- #1 Max Martin (OSU) tech. fall J.T. Correll, 24-9 (6:42) [U-M, 16-14]
197 -- #2 Kollin Moore (OSU) dec. Jackson Striggow, 12-5 [OSU, 17-16]
Hwt -- #8 Mason Parris (U-M) dec. #19 Chase Singletary, 6-3 [U-M, 19-17]