Michigan routs Northwestern to stay perfect at home

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team was dominant in its first appearance at home in three weeks, cruising to a 30-9 decision over Northwestern on Sunday (Feb. 10) front of a crowd of 2,227 at Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines claimed seven individual bouts, earning bonus in five, to improve to 5-0 at home this season.

Senior/junior Stevan Micic, ranked No. 1 in the nation at 133 pounds, claimed the dual's unexpected marquee match, 10-4, when Northwestern's Sebastian Rivera, the nation's No. 1 wrestler at 125 pounds, bumped up to face him. Micic controlled throughout, scoring on four takedowns, including a high crotch and a single leg in the first period, and accumulating 3:20 in riding-time advantage. He had the major decision in sight but gave up a rear-standing stall point and an escape late and couldn't quite finish on a single leg at the buzzer. Micic improved to 11-0 on the season and handed Rivera his first loss.

Sophomores Drew Mattin and Reece Hughes earned falls at 125 and 174 pounds, respectively, to pile on big points for the Wolverines. Mattin, who faced Matthew Vinci instead of Rivera, scored on an early single and four-point arm bar in the first and went back to it in the second, turning Vinci and securing the pin -- his first of the season -- at the 4:04 mark.

Hughes, wrestling up a weight class in place of senior/junior Myles Amine, finished his 174-pound bout even quicker, sticking Braxton Cody with a cradle at 1:18. Hughes struck on a high crotch immediately, added a four-point leg turk then locked up a farside cradle to turn and pin Cody in the center of the mat. It was Hughes' second dual-meet fall of the season; he previously earned a third-period pin while wrestling up two weights at Oregon State (Jan. 3).

The Wolverines also earned three major decisions at 141, 165 and 184 pounds. Junior/sophomore Kanen Storr defeated Alec McKenna, 13-5, and secured his bonus margin late, cutting McKenna with 10 seconds remaining and scoring on a high crotch on the edge just five seconds later. Storr, ranked sixth nationally, finished on five total takedowns -- three in the third period -- and rode for 1:09.

Senior/junior Logan Massa, ranked seventh, cruised to a 16-4 major decision over fellow Michigan native Tyler Morland at 165 pounds, scoring on six takedowns -- three in the first period -- and accumulating 4:04 in riding-time advantage. Sophomore/freshman Jelani Embree, ranked 20th at 184 pounds, was similarly decisive in his first appearance at home in nearly two months, scoring seven takedowns en route to a 16-5 decision against Brendan Devine. Embree set the tone with four takedowns in the first period, off a variety of schucks and leg attacks, and rode for 4:45.

Senior/junior Jackson Striggow closed out the dual meet and rounded out the Wolverines' winners with a 10-5 decision over Zack Chakonis at 197 pounds. Striggow converted on four leg attacks, icing the match with two singles in the third period.

Michigan (10-1, 5-1 Big Ten) will wrap up its Big Ten slate with two duals on the road next weekend. The Wolverines will first travel to College Park to take on Maryland at 7 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 15), before closing out the weekend in Piscataway, New Jersey, where they will face Rutgers at noon on Sunday (Feb. 17). The Rutgers dual will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.

Hwt -- #16 Conan Jennings (NU) dec. #6 Mason Parris, 7-5 [NU, 3-0]
125 -- #15 Drew Mattin (U-M) pinned Matthew Vinci, 4:04 [U-M, 6-3]
133 -- #1 Stevan Micic (U-M) dec. Sebastian Rivera, 10-4 [U-M, 9-3]
141 -- #6 Kanen Storr (U-M) major dec. Alec McKenna, 13-5 [U-M, 13-3]
149 -- Shayne Oster (NU) dec. Malik Amine, 8-3 [U-M, 13-6]
157 -- #3 Ryan Deakin (NU) dec. #5 Alec Pantaleo, 11-9 [U-M, 13-9]
165 -- #7 Logan Massa (U-M) major dec. Tyler Morland, 16-4 [U-M, 17-9]
174 -- Reece Hughes (U-M) pinned Braxton Cody, 1:18 [U-M, 23-9]
184 -- #20 Jelani Embree (U-M) major dec. Brendan Devine, 16-5 [U-M, 27-9]
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) dec. Zack Chakonis, 10-5 [U-M, 30-9]


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