College Week 6 Preview
Michigan and Michigan State have entered the late stages of the Big Ten regular season. Both teams will be tested this weekend before they meet each other in East Lansing next weekend for the regular season finale. Michigan will wrestle #12 Ohio State on Friday and #3 Penn State on Sunday, while Michigan State will be home Friday night against Purdue.
Michigan has not competed since January 17th, so this will be a tough first weekend back on the mat against a few of the top programs in the country. #2 Stevan Micic, #1 Myles Amine, and NCAA qualifier Jelani Embree have yet to compete this season, but sources indicate that Embree and Amine will be making their season debuts at 184lbs and 197lbs, respectively. Amine is a 3x All American at 174lbs and is currently ranked #1 in the nation at 184lbs but is reportedly making the move all the way up to 197lbs. Embree is a 2x NCAA qualifier that will continue to be a force at 184lbs.
Michigan State is coming off a weekend in which they split duals with Indiana (W, 28-10) and #8 Nebraska (L, 10-27). The starter at 141lbs, Jacob Spiess, did not wrestle last weekend. Matt Santos and Jaden Enriquez split the duties in those two duals. At 285lbs, Christian Rebotarro and Brad Wilton both picked up wins as they split matches. Other than those two weights, the Spartans lineup should be pretty straightforward.
#2 Michigan at #12 Ohio State
Start Time: Friday, 7pm on Big Ten Network
Match to Watch:
Out of the 5 projected top-20 matchups, our match to watch here is at 174lbs, where we will see #2 Logan Massa vs #4 Kaleb Romero. Massa is 3-0 on the season thus far with two major decisions and a pin against #16 Donnell Washington. Romero is 5-1 on the season with his only loss coming in a 3-1 decision against #1 Michael Kemerer of Iowa. Not only is the match important for the dual, but it could also decide who is on the opposite side of the bracket from #1 Kemerer at the B1G tournament.
125 – #8 Dylan Ragusin vs #12 Malik Heinselman
133 – Jack Medley vs Jordan Decatur
141 – #20 Drew Mattin vs Dylan D’Emilio
149 – #6 Kanen Storr vs #2 Sammy Sasso
157 – #8 Will Lewan vs Elijah Cleary
165 – #16 Cam Amine vs #19 Ethan Smith
174 – #2 Logan Massa vs #4 Kaleb Romero
184 – Jelani Embree vs #19 Rocky Jordan
197 – #1 (@184) Myles Amine vs Chase Singletary/Gavin Hoffman
285 – #2 Mason Parris vs #13 Tate Orndorff
Getting Jelani Embree and Myles Amine back is a huge boost to the Wolverine lineup. Until we hear otherwise, we assume that the Wolverines are still without #2 Micic. We are also assuming Anthony Enchemedia will not return at 141lbs after he was injured against #1 Eierman of Iowa last weekend. This is a very tough Buckeye squad, especially in the Wolverines’ return to the mat after almost a month off from competition. With Embree and Amine back, the Wolverines are definitely favored in the dual.
#2 Michigan at #3 Penn State
Start Time: Sunday, 10:30am on Big Ten Network
Match to Watch:
While it is not the match between highest ranked opponents, our match to watch here is at 165lbs. #16 Cam Amine and #6 Joe Lee are both very highly-touted redshirt freshman. Amine is a 3x state champ out of national powerhouse Detroit Catholic Central, and Joe Lee is a 2x Indiana state champion out of Meter Dei High School. This could be the beginning of a long, exciting rivalry for these two.
125 – #8 Dylan Ragusin vs Devin Schnupp/Robert Howard
133 – Jack Medley vs #3 Roman Bravo-Young
141 – #20 Drew Mattin vs #2 Nick Lee
149 – #6 Kanen Storr vs #19 Jarod Verkleeren
157 – #8 Will Lewan vs #9 Brady Berge
165 – #16 Cam Amine vs #6 Joe Lee
174 – #2 Logan Massa vs #8 Carter Starocci
184 – Jelani Embree vs #3 Aaron Brooks
197 – #1 (@184) Myles Amine vs #14 Michael Beard
285 – #2 Mason Parris vs #7 Seth Nevills
This dual features 17 ranked wrestlers, 13 of which are ranked in the top-10. 6 of the 10 matches will be between top-20 guys. This is a dual that could come down to bonus points. Although Nevills is a top-10 guy, there aren’t too many guys in the country Parris is not a threat to score bonus points against. Additionally, Penn State has not sent out a 125lber yet this year, so that could be big points for Michigan. If Penn State finds a way to get Schnupp out there, the Wolverines will still be looking for bonus points from #8 Dylan Ragusin. If Penn States sends out true freshman Robert Howard for his college debut, that could be another swing match in this dual. The big matches to decide the dual will be at 149 through 174.
Michigan State vs Purdue
Start Time: Friday, 6pm on BTN+
Match to Watch:
No doubt about it, the match we are most excited to see is at 125lbs between two Michigan natives. Rayvon Foley is a state champ from Ann Arbor Pioneer, and Devin Schroder is a 3x state champ from Grand Rapids Catholic Central. Both guys were top-5 in the early season rankings, and it would not be a surprise whatsoever if they both end up in the top-5 at the end of the season. Foley is 2-3 on the season, with all three losses coming to ranked opponents. Schroder is 5-2 on the season and is coming off a solid win over #12 Malik Heinselman of Ohio State. Both guys are very serious candidates to finish highly on the podium at NCAAs.
125 – #13 Rayvon Foley vs #11 Devin Schroder
133 – Jordan Hamdan vs Jacob Rundell
141 – Jacob Spiess/Matt Santos vs Parker Filius
149 – Peyton Omania vs Trey Kruse
157 – Chase Saldate vs #7 Kendall Coleman
165 – Jake Tucker vs Gerrit Nijenhuis
174 – Drew Hughes vs Emil Soehnlen
184 – #8 Layne Malczewski vs #20 Max Lyon
197 – #6 Cam Caffey vs #17 Thomas Penola
285 – Brad Wilton/Christian Rebotarro vs Dorian Keys/Jared Florell
There are three matches here between ranked opponents. The aforementioned match between Foley and Schroder kicks off the dual, and then 184 and 197 are also ranked meetings. At 184, Layne Malczewski is red hot this season, skyrocketing all the way to the top-10 in the rankings. He has an opportunity here to prove that is where he belongs against 2x NCAA qualifier Max Lyon. Another match we are excited for is at 157lbs, a match between two former Grappler Fall Classic finalists (Saldate was a champ, Coleman 2nd to Alex Facundo). Saldate has not yet cracked the rankings, but he is putting together a stellar true freshman season. He will have his work cut out for him against a 2020 NCWA first team All-American and Big Ten finalist in Coleman.
Michigan Grapplers in the Rankings (Intermat)
125 – #2 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan)
125 – #8 Dylan Ragusin (Michigan)
125 – #11 Devin Schroder (Purdue, Grand Rapids CC HS)
125 – #13 Rayvon Foley (Michigan State, Ann Arbor Pioneer HS)
133 – #2 Stevan Micic (Michigan)
133 – #11 Jarrett Trombley (NC State, Lake Fenton HS)
141 – #6 Ian Parker (Iowa State, St. Johns HS)
141 – #14 Dresden Simon (Central Michigan, Dansville HS)
141 – #20 Drew Mattin (Michigan)
149 – #6 Kanen Storr (Michigan, Leslie HS)
157 – #8 Will Lewan (Michigan)
165 – #16 Cameron Amine (Michigan, Detroit Catholic Central HS)
174 – #2 Logan Massa (Michigan, St. Johns HS)
184 – #1 Myles Amine (Michigan, Detroit Catholic Central HS)
184 – #8 Layne Malczewski (Michigan State, Dakota HS)
197 – #6 Cam Caffey (Michigan State)
285 – #2 Mason Parris (Michigan)
285 – #4 Matt Stencel (Central Michigan)
285 – #12 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin, Lake Fenton HS)