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Michigan uses bonus points to edge Ohio State in return to action

Will Lewan picked up a key victory to help Michigan defeat Ohio State (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior/sophomore Will Lewan used 44 seconds of riding time to earn a double-overtime win in the dual's final bout at 157 pounds and clinch the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team's 18-16 win against No. 12 Ohio State on Friday night (Feb. 12) at Crisler Center. The Wolverines split matches evenly, earning bonus points in two, which proved the difference in the win.

Lewan, ranked eighth nationally at 157 pounds, edged the Buckeyes' Elijah Cleary, 3-3, in the second round of tiebreakers -- after Ohio State won back-to-back matches at 141 and 149 pounds to take a narrow 16-15 lead into the final bout. Lewan pushed the pace for the majority of the bout but struggled to finish on a couple leg attacks through regulation and two sudden-victory frames. He escaped quickly during the tiebreakers and accumulated 44 seconds of riding time -- over 60 seconds -- to seal the win and improved to 4-0 on the season.

Michigan took three of the opening five bouts and earned bonus points from sixth-year Logan Massa and junior Mason Parris, who are ranked second nationally at 174 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. Massa earned a 14-2 major decision against Fritz Schierl, posting four takedowns, four back points off a second-period turk and 3:46 in riding-time advantage.

Massa's major decision was matched by OSU at 184 pounds, so Parris' 20-5 technical fall against 13th-ranekd Tate Orndorff proved the difference in the team score. Parris scored seven takedowns -- three apiece in the second and third period -- as well as a four-point leg turk in the second to end the bout at the 6:05 mark. Massa and Parrs are both 4-0 on the season with four bonus wins.

Graduate student Myles Amine made his season debut -- and first collegiate appearance in nearly two years -- at 197 pounds, where he defeated Gavin Hoffman, 8-5, with two takedowns and two back points. Amine put Hoffman in neutral danger for two-and-two in the first period and won an extended scramble off a single-leg attack in the second.

Ohio State earned wins in swing matches at 165, 184 and 125 pounds before senior/junior Jack Medley claimed one for Michigan with a gritty 6-4 decision against Jordan Decatur up a weight class at 133 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Medley struck first with an escape and takedown off a carry in the second but saw his lead slip with an OSU reversal and early escape in the third. The Wolverine responded again, scoring off a single-leg attack and using a lengthy ride to lock up the extra point before a late Decatur escape. Medley also added a 23-7 technical fall against Jacob Decatur at 125 pounds in the extra matches.

The Wolverines (4-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will take on No. 3-ranked Penn State (3-0, 3-0 Big Ten) in a newly-added dual at 11 a.m. on Sunday (Feb. 14) at Crisler Center. The dual will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.

Results:
165 -- #19 Ethan Smith (OSU) dec. #16 Cameron Amine, 4-3 -- OSU, 3-0
174 -- #2 Logan Massa (U-M) major dec. Fritz Schierl, 14-2 -- U-M, 4-3
184 -- Rocky Jordan (OSU) major dec. Jelani Embree, 13-0 -- OSU, 7-3
197 -- Myles Amine (U-M) dec. Gavin Hoffman, 8-5 -- Tie, 7-7
Hwt -- #2 Mason Parris (U-M) tech. fall #13 Tate Orndorff, 20-5 (6:05) -- U-M, 12-7
125 -- #13 Malik Heinselman (OSU) dec. Kurt McHenry, 3-1 -- U-M, 12-10
133 -- Jack Medley (U-M) dec. Jordan Decatur, 6-4 -- U-M, 15-10
141 -- Dylan D'Emilio (OSU) dec. Drew Mattin, 6-5 -- U-M, 15-13
149 -- #2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) dec. #6 Kanen Storr, 8-1 -- OSU, 16-15
157 -- #8 Will Lewan (U-M) dec. Elijah Cleary, 3-3 TB2 -- U-M, 18-16

Extra Matches:
The 2020-21 dual season will feature several "extra matches" with every scheduled dual meet. These matches will not factor into dual scoring but are official, countable matches that will be considered for conference allocation and postseason seeding purposes.

125 -- Jack Medley (U-M) tech. fall Jacob Decatur, 23-7 (7:00)
149 -- Cole Mattin (U-M) major dec. JD Stickley, 14-2
157 -- Nick Lombard (U-M) dec. Bryce Hepner, 6-3
184 -- Jaden Bullock (U-M) injury def. Zach Steiner, 2:41
197 -- Chase Singletary (OSU) major dec. Andrew Davison, 10-2
197 -- Bobby Striggow (U-M) major dec. Nick Boykin, 14-4

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