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Michigan takes 9 bouts in dominant win over Maryland

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan wrestling team claimed nine matches, earning bonus points in four, to earn a dominant 34-3 win over Maryland on Friday night (Jan. 17) in front of 1,163 fans at Cliff Keen Arena.

Sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris, ranked second nationally, ended the dual just as he did a week ago, using arm bar and a half to pin the Terrapins' Parker Robinson at the 3:38 mark -- his 11th bonus win of the season and sixth fall. Parris led, 12-3, at the time after heaping on the points in the first period with four single-leg takedowns and four back points -- on a two-point suck back and two-point leg turk. He improved to 18-0 on the season.

Senior/junior Tyler Meisinger also earned a pin -- only to have it taken off the board on review -- and settled instead for a 12-9 decision over Kyle Cochran for his first collegiate dual-meet win at 165 pounds. Meisinger, competing up a weight class, struck on an early counter single leg before putting Cochran on his back in a scramble midway through the first period. The official slapped the mat, but after Maryland challenged, ruled that he interfered with action on an attempted Terp roll-through and instead awarded Meisinger two for the takedown and four near fall. The Wolverine senior added another takedown and staved off a late Maryland rally to secure the win.

The Wolverines claimed each of the opening five bouts before the intermission break, highlighted by bonus wins from junior/sophomore Jack Medley (125 pounds), freshman Cole Mattin (141) and sophomore/freshman Will Lewan (157).

Medley earned his fourth major decision in five dual appearances this season with a 16-2 rout against Brandon Cray at the opening weight. He scored on four takedowns, adding a four-point tilt in the third and 3:34 in riding-time advantage. Mattin also fell just short of the technical fall in a 15-2 major decision against Hunter Baxter, scoring three takedowns -- one in each period -- and a third-period reversal and four-point suck back in the first. He accumulated 3:25 in riding-time advantage but could not finish on a couple shots in the waning seconds in pursuit of the additional bonus point.

Lewan, ranked 12th nationally at 157 pounds, did secure a technical fall, rolling to a 19-4 win against Lucas Cordio in 5:47. Like Medley and Mattin, Lewan dominated from neutral and on top to pile on points, scoring five takedowns while adding four back points apiece off a first-period pancake and second-period cradle.

Sophomore/freshman Joey Silva and senior/junior Kanen Storr earned decision wins at 133 and 149 pounds, respectively, for the second straight week after making their season dual debuts against MSU last Friday (Jan. 11). Silva, after just missing on a takedown at the second-period buzzer, scored off a front headlock early in the third -- nearly doing it again later in the frame -- to earn a 3-2 decision against King Sandoval. Storr secured a 5-3 decision against Michael Doetsch with a first-period single leg, third-period reversal and 1:38 riding-time advantage.

Junior/sophomore Jelani Embree, ranked 17th nationally at 184 pounds, returned from injury for his first match since early December and earned a comfortable 8-3 decision against Kyle Jasenski. He scored three takedowns -- two in the first period -- and rode for 2:49 to stay unbeaten (3-0) in dual competition this season.

Fifth-year senior Jackson Striggow rounded out the Wolverines' match winners with a 4-2 comeback win against Jaron Smith at 197 pounds. After giving up a first-period takedown and rideout, Striggow evened the score with high crotch and rideout of his own in the second. Still trailing on riding time, he started neutral in the third and converted on another high crotch, riding off Smith's time advantage -- and the bout -- to complete the comeback.

The Wolverines will wrap their weekend homestand Sunday (Jan. 19) when they host No. 11 Minnesota at 2 p.m. in "A Queen Day at Crisler Center," featuring poster, T-shirt and aviator sunglasses giveaways. The dual is the first of two for the Wolverines at Crisler Center. Tickets are still available through the U-M Ticket Office.

Results:
125 -- Jack Medley (U-M) major dec. Brandon Cray, 16-2 -- U-M, 4-0
133 -- Joey Silva (U-M) dec. King Sandoval, 3-2 -- U-M, 7-0
141 -- Cole Mattin (U-M) major dec. Hunter Baxter, 15-2 -- U-M, 11-0
149 -- #9 Kanen Storr (U-M) dec. Michael Doetsch, 5-3 -- U-M, 14-0
157 -- #12 Will Lewan (U-M) tech. fall Lucas Cordio, 19-4 (5:47) -- U-M, 19-0
165 -- Tyler Meisinger (U-M) dec. Kyle Cochran, 12-9 -- U-M, 22-0
174 -- Philip Spadafora (UMD) dec. Max Maylor, 5-3 -- U-M, 22-3
184 -- #17 Jelani Embree (U-M) dec. Kyle Jasenski, 8-3 -- U-M, 25-3
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) dec. Jaron Smith, 4-2 -- U-M, 28-3
Hwt -- #2 Mason Parris (U-M) pinned Parker Robinson, 3:38 -- U-M, 34-3

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