ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team claimed five of the final six bouts to overcome an early deficit and defeat in-state rival Central Michigan, 22-12, on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 24) in front of 1,467 fans at Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines took six total bouts, earning bonus points in two.
It was a pair of freshmen making their collegiate dual-meet debuts who highlighted the Wolverine victory. Freshman Cole Mattin used a big six-point move in the third period to earn a comeback decision at 141 pounds, while sophomore/freshman Max Maylor earned a second-period fall at 174 pounds to put Michigan ahead for good.
Mattin's decision was the Wolverines' lone win in the opening four bouts. The Wolverine rookie, who was pulled out of redshirt for the dual, defeated Dresden Simon, 11-8, after trailing by essentially five points -- 5-1 plus riding time -- in the second period. He narrowed the deficit with a single-leg takedown in the second, then added another midway through the third, putting Simon right to his back to surge into the lead with four near-fall points. Simon earned a reversal and a riding-time point to narrow the final margin.
Maylor earned his second fall of the season, pinning Jake Lowell at 4:55, to secure big bonus points in his debut at 174 pounds. The Wolverine scored two takedowns in the first period to build a lead but used strong leg defense and caught Lowell when the latter tried to step over on a whizzer on the edge of the mat.
Junior/sophomore Jelani Embree, ranked 16th nationally at 184 pounds, followed Maylor's bonus win with one of his own, scoring seven takedowns en route to a 16-6 major decision against Ben Cushman. Embree used a variety of singles, doubles and go-behind to convert on five takedowns in the first period and added one apiece in the second and third frames. He earned 3:00 in riding-time advantage.
Sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris, ranked third nationally, claimed the dual's marquee match, 4-1, over seventh-ranked Matt Stencel to put a bow on the Wolverine win. After trading escapes, Parris used a stall point to regain the lead in the third and iced the bout with a low leg attack and rideout late. It was Parris' third win over Stencel in four weeks this season; he improved to 10-0 on the season.
Sophomore/freshman Will Lewan and junior/sophomore Layne Van Anrooy also earned decision wins for the Wolverines before and after the intermission break at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively, to even up the team score. Lewan, ranked 12th nationally, rallied from an initial deficit to defeat Logan Parks, 6-3, with takedowns in the first and third periods. Van Anrooy used a last-second escape to edge Tracy Hubbard, 8-7, after a wild third period. The Wolverine scored two third-period takedowns to take the lead, but Hubbard used a roll through to reverse the position and tie the score with 22 seconds to go. Van Anrooy twice got to his feet before action went out of bounds and, on a restart with just two seconds remaining, hit a switch to get away and earn the go-ahead point. It was his first dual win at Michigan.
Michigan will take a week off over the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to action at the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, slated for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PST each day.
125 -- #9 Drew Hildebrandt (CMU) dec. Jack Medley, 3-2 -- CMU, 3-0
133 -- Brock Bergelin (CMU) dec. Austin Assad, 12-5 -- CMU, 6-0
141 -- Cole Mattin (U-M) dec. Dresden Simon, 11-8 -- CMU, 6-3
149 -- Corbyn Munson (CMU) dec. Ben Lamantia, 4-3 -- CMU, 9-3
157 -- #12 Will Lewan (U-M) dec. Logan Parks, 6-3 -- CMU, 9-6
165 -- Layne Van Anrooy (U-M) dec. Tracy Hubbard, 8-7 -- Tied, 9-9
174 -- Max Maylor (U-M) pinned Jake Lowell, 4:55 -- U-M, 15-9
184 -- #16 Jelani Embree (U-M) major dec. Ben Cushman, 16-6 -- U-M, 19-9
197 -- Landon Pelham (CMU) dec. J.T. Correll, 12-9 -- U-M, 19-12
Hwt -- #3 Mason Parris (U-M) dec. #7 Matt Stencel, 4-1 -- U-M, 22-12