Medley clinches Michigan win at Northwestern with final-bout upset

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Junior/sophomore Jack Medley used a third-period takedown to knock off sixth-ranked Michael DeAugustino and clinch the No. 25-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team's 20-17 win against No. 15 Northwestern on Friday night (Jan. 24) at the Wildcats' Welsh-Ryan Arena. It was the Wolverines' second straight win over a ranked opponent; U-M improved to 4-0 in Big Ten Conference duals.

Medley avenged an earlier-season loss to DeAugustino with a 3-2 decision in the dual's final bout at 125 pounds. After a scoreless first period and Northwestern escape in the second, Medley evened the score with an escape of his own in the third and immediately came around to convert on a head-in-the-hole takedown to take the lead. Northwestern challenged, and the one-and-two call was confirmed. DeAugustino escaped to narrow the margin, but Medley stalemated a couple late flurries to hang on for the win.

It was Medley's best collegiate win to date -- and his third over a ranked opponent this season. He previously fell to DeAugustino, 12-5, in the quarterfinals at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7).

The Wolverines earned bonus points in each of their other four wins, including three straight major decisions to open the dual, to provide the difference in the 5-5 match split.

Fifth-year senior Austin Assad, freshman Cole Mattin and senior/junior Kanen Storr were dominant at 133, 141 and 149 pounds, respectively, to give Michigan an early and sizable lead. Assad set the tone with a 10-0 major decision against Dylan Utterback in the opening bout for his first dual win of the season, scoring on single-leg takedowns in the first and third frames while adding a four-point suck back and rideout -- he finished with 3:54 advantage time -- in the second.

Mattin took advantage of several wild scrambles to score five takedowns en route to an 11-3 major decision against Alec McKenna at 141 pounds. With the bonus point in sight, the Wolverine freshman earned three takedowns in the third and accumulated 4:06 in riding-time advantage.

Storr, ranked ninth nationally at 149 pounds, followed suit with eight takedowns and a 17-6 major decision against Eric Yang. Storr scored in a variety of ways -- a pair of first-period single legs, two snap downs and two doubles in the second, and two more singles in the third -- and earned 2:46 in riding-time advantage. Storr, who came out of his Olympic redshirt in late December, improved to 4-0 in duals.

Sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris, ranked second nationally, picked up the Wolverines' most dominant win of the night with a 20-5 technical fall against Jack Heyob, scoring five takedowns -- all in the first period -- as well as a reversal and a four-point leg turk in the second to end the bout in 5:55. Parris improved to 20-0 on the season, with bonus points in 13 of his 20 wins.

Michigan dropped a pair of 4-1 decisions against the Wildcats' other ranked wrestlers in the lineup. Sophomore/freshman Will Lewan, ranked 12th at 157 pounds, fell to top-ranked Ryan Deakin on a first-period takedown and 3:08 riding-time advantage. Fifth-year senior Jackson Striggow similarly fell to 18th-ranked Lucas Davison on a late second-period takedown on the edge -- challenged by Michigan but upheld -- and 1:08 riding-time advantage.

The Wolverines will wrap their road trip in Champaign, Illinois, on Sunday (Jan. 26) when they will take on Illinois at 1 p.m. CST at Huff Hall.

133 -- Austin Assad (U-M) major dec. Dylan Utterback, 10-0 -- U-M, 4-0
141 -- Cole Mattin (U-M) major dec. Alec McKenna, 11-3 -- U-M, 8-0
149 -- #9 Kanen Storr (U-M) major dec. Eric Yang, 17-6 -- U-M, 12-0
157 -- #1 Ryan Deakin (NU) dec. #12 Will Lewan, 4-1 -- U-M, 12-3
165 -- Shayne Oster (NU) major dec. Reece Hughes, 14-0 -- U-M, 12-7
174 -- Tyler Morland (NU) major dec. Max Maylor, 14-0 -- U-M, 12-11
184 -- Jack Jessen (NU) dec. #13 Jelani Embree, 7-6 -- NU, 14-12
197 -- #18 Lucas Davison (NU) dec. Jackson Striggow, 4-1 -- NU, 17-12
Hwt -- #2 Mason Parris (U-M) tech. fall Jack Heyob, 20-5 (5:55) -- Tied, 17-17
125 -- Jack Medley (U-M) dec. #6 Michael DeAugustino, 3-2 -- U-M, 20-17


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