ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team started strong and ended with a bang to knock off in-state rival Michigan State, 22-14, in its Big Ten Conference opener on Friday night (Jan. 10) in front of a sellout crowd of 1,800 fans at Cliff Keen Arena.
The Wolverines won each of the five opening bouts to take a 16-point lead into the intermission break and, after MSU narrowed the score with four straight of its own, sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris slammed the door with a 29-second pin to end the dual meet.
Parris, ranked third nationally, improved to 17-0 on the season and secured his team-best fifth fall -- and 10th bonus win -- with an arm bar against Christian Rebottaro. He converted on his fireman's carry in the opening 10 seconds of the bout, tried for a half then used an arm bar to turn Rebottaro and get the quick pin.
Junior/sophomore Jack Medley also earned bonus points in the dual's first bout, setting the tone with a 13-4 major decision over Logan Griffin at 125 pounds. Medley scored on five takedowns -- two apiece in the first and third periods -- and added a second-period reversal and 2:36 in riding-time advantage.
Sophomore/freshman Joey Silva and senior/junior Kanen Storr were victorious in their first appearances in the Wolverine lineup this season at 133 and 149 pounds, respectively. It was Silva's season and varsity debut; he scored three takedowns -- two in the first period, including a buzzer-beater double leg, before icing the bout off a go-behind and rideout in the third. He finished with 2:19 in riding-time advantage.
Storr, who came out of his Olympic redshirt at the Midlands Championships late in December, used a third-period takedown to ice his 4-1 decision against Alex Hrisopoulos at 149 pounds -- up a weight class from his starting spot a year ago. Storr, ranked 10th nationally, struggled to finish on several early chances in the first, avoided giving up a takedown late in the second and took his first lead after a second MSU stall warning -- for untied shoelaces -- and quick escape in the third. He finished on a single leg and rode out the match.
Freshman Cole Mattin and sophomore/freshman Will Lewan also toughed out close decision wins at 141 and 157 pounds, respectively. Like Storr, Mattin used a third-period takedown -- and a tough ride -- to ice a 4-2 decision against Matt Santos. With the score even midway through the third, Mattin blew through a double leg and nearly rode out the remainder of the match, accumulating 1:20 in time advantage.
Lewan, ranked 15th nationally, took the dual's marquee match with a 3-1 overtime decision against Jake Tucker. A wild scramble over the last 20 seconds of regulation produced no points. Lewan twice appeared in trouble, first off a Tucker double-leg shot, then after stepping over to nearly put the Spartan on his back, again off a single leg. The Wolverine wasted little time in the extra frame, finishing on a single leg within the opening 20 seconds.
The Wolverines will remain at home next weekend, when they host Maryland at 7 p.m. next Friday (Jan. 17) at Cliff Keen Arena before heading to Crisler Center for a 2 p.m. slate against Minnesota on Sunday (Jan. 19). Tickets are available for both duals through the U-M Ticket Office.
125 -- Jack Medley (U-M) major dec. Logan Griffin, 13-4 -- U-M, 4-0
133 -- Joey Silva (U-M) dec. Garrett Pepple, 7-2 -- U-M, 7-0
141 -- Cole Mattin (U-M) dec. Matt Santos, 4-2 -- U-M, 10-0
149 -- #10 Kanen Storr (U-M) dec. Alex Hrisopoulos, 4-1 -- U-M, 13-0
157 -- #15 Will Lewan (U-M) dec. #18 Jake Tucker, 3-1 SV -- U-M, 16-0
165 -- Drew Hughes (MSU) dec. Tyler Meisinger, 6-0 -- U-M, 16-3
174 -- Layne Malczewski (MSU) dec. Max Maylor, 7-2 -- U-M, 16-6
184 -- Cam Caffey (MSU) tech. fall Bobby Striggow, 23-8 (6:51) -- U-M, 16-11
197 -- Nick May (MSU) dec. Jackson Striggow, 5-2 -- U-M, 16-14
Hwt -- #3 Mason Parris (U-M) pinned Christian Rebottaro, 0:29 -- U-M, 22-14