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Michigan earns dominant win at Edinboro in dual finale

EDINBORO, Pa. -- The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team wrapped up its dual season in style, cruising to a dominant 33-5 win over Edinboro on Friday night (Feb. 21) at the Fighting Scots' McComb Fieldhouse. The Wolverines won eight bouts, including each of the first six and four with bonus points.

Senior/junior Jack Medley, ranked 18th nationally at 125 pounds, set the tone in the first bout, scoring seven takedowns and eight back points en route to a dominant 23-4 technical fall against Lucas Rodriguez. Four of his takedowns came off a fireman's dump; he went feet-to-back with the move late in the second period to break the match open. Medley added another six-point move in the third, locking up a cradle for the takedown and another four-point near fall to end the bout at the 6:01 mark.

After a forfeit win for fifth-year senior Austin Assad at 133 pounds, the Wolverines earned three straight decisions to build their lead to 20-0 at the intermission break. Freshman Cole Mattin used a second-period near fall to score the bulk of his points in a 6-0 decision against Nate Hagan at 141 pounds. Mattin rode out the frame, adding four points off a suck back and added an escape in the third and 1:33 in riding-time advantage.

Senior/junior Kanen Storr, ranked ninth nationally at 149 pounds, earned a 6-2 decision against Tyler Vath in his return to the lineup, behind a first-period single leg, second-period ankle pick and 2:18 in riding-time advantage. Freshman Will Lewan, ranked ninth at 157 pounds, scored a takedown per period en route to an 8-1 decision over Peter Pappas, scoring on counter attacks in the first and second before adding a go behind in the this and 1:25 in riding time.

Senior Tyler Meisinger carried the momentum into the second half of the dual, using a first-period pancake on the edge to pin Derek Ciavarro at the 1:44 mark -- his first fall of the season.

The Fighting Scots earned razor-thin decision wins at 174 and 184 pounds. Sophomore/freshman Max Maylor nearly pulled off an upset against 16th-ranked Jacob Oliver in the former, giving up a locked-hands penalty and escape in the final 10 seconds of regulation to force overtime, where he fell 4-2. Junior/sophomore J.T. Correll could not quite overcome an early deficit -- and could not finish on a last-second leg attack -- in an 8-7 defeat to Cody Mulligan. Edinboro was deducted team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after the latter bout.

Fifth-year senior Jackson Striggow did overcome a two-takedown deficit in the subsequent bout at 197 pounds, scoring takedowns in the second and third frames and riding for 2:28 advantage time to beat Dylan Reynolds, 8-6, in the final dual match of his collegiate career.

Sophomore Mason Parris, ranked second at heavyweight, added the capper with another bonus win in the final bout, rolling to a 10-1 major decision against Jon Spaulding with four takedowns -- two in the first period -- and 2:37 riding-time advantage. He improved to 26-0 on the season and has earned bonus points in 17 matches.

Michigan will have two weeks to prepare for the 2020 Big Ten Championships, slated for Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, in Piscataway, New Jersey. Action will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

Results:
125 -- #18 Jack Medley (U-M) tech. fall Lucas Rodriguez, 23-5 (6:01) -- U-M, 5-0
133 -- Austin Assad (U-M) win by forfeit -- U-M, 11-0
141 -- Cole Mattin (U-M) dec. Nate Hagan, 6-0 -- U-M, 14-0
149 -- #9 Kanen Storr (U-M) dec. Tyler Vath, 6-2 -- U-M, 17-0
157 -- #9 Will Lewan (U-M) dec. Peter Pappas, 8-1 -- U-M, 20-0
165 -- Tyler Meisinger (U-M) pinned Derek Ciavarro, 1:44 -- U-M, 26-0
174 -- #16 Jacob Oliver (EU) dec. Max Maylor, 4-2 SV -- U-M, 26-3
184 -- Cody Mulligan (EU) dec. J.T. Correll, 8-7 -- U-W, 26-5*
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) dec. Dylan Reynolds, 9-7 -- U-M, 29-5
Hwt -- #2 Mason Parris (U-M) major dec. Jon Spaulding, 10-1 -- U-M, 33-5
* Edinboro deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct

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