Michigan and Michigan State both had very successful Big Ten Tournaments over the weekend. Michigan ended in 4th place, qualifying 8 for the national tournament. Michigan State finished in 8th place, qualifying 7 for the national tournament. Michigan State was as high as 5th place with just a few matches remaining in the final round, and they scored their most Big Ten tournament point since 2003.
Myles Amine was the biggest highlight for Michigan, winning a B1G championship at 197lbs. Other highlights for the Wolverines included freshman Cam Amine winning his 3rd-place match, and Mason Parris making a run to the finals. For Michigan State, Jordan Hamdan and Chase Saldate out-performing their seeds and qualifying for the national tournament were some big highlights for the weekend.
Michigan’s best chance at a wildcard selection is Jack Medley at 133lbs. Medley finished in 10th place, while the weight class was allocated 8 qualifying spots. He had a solid resume this season, so he has a chance at an at-large bid. For Michigan State, Omania has the best chance at an at-large due to beating a few ranked guys throughout the season.
3 other Michigan natives also punched their tickets to the NCAA tournament over the weekend. Ian Parker of Iowa State (St. Johns HS) made it to the Big 12 conference tournament finals before falling to conference rival Dom Demas of Oklahoma in OT. Devin Schroder of Purdue (Grand Rapids Catholic Central HS) had a solid run to the finals before running into #1 Spencer Lee of Iowa. Lastly, Trent Hillger of Wisconsin (Lake Fenton HS) put together a good weekend by taking 7th at the B1G tournament and qualifying for the national tournament once again.
Ragusin lost to Spencer Lee in the quarterfinals, and then he won an OT match against Cardani of Illinois to secure a bid to the NCAA tournament. After losing an OT match to Howard of Penn State, Ragusin won a wild match against McKee of Minnesota to finish 7th.
Like Ragusin, Foley ran into Spencer Lee on the front side. After falling to Lee, Foley picked up wins against DeAugustino of Northwestern and Heinselman of Ohio State to finish 3rd.
Hamdan was one of the pleasant surprises of the tournament for the Spartans. After losing in the first round to Dryden of Minnesota, Hamdan majored Metzler of Rutgers and then picked up a win against Luigs of Indiana to secure his spot in the NCAA tournament. Hamdan capped off his spectacular tournament by avenging his loss to Dryden in the 7th place match.
Mattin’s big win of the tournament came in the round of 12 against D’Emilio of Ohio State. With a NCAA qualifying bid on the line, Mattin avenged his loss from the dual and beat D’Emilio 3-2.
Storr is another Wolverine who had a great tournament. He beat a solid Yahya Thomas of Northwestern in the quarterfinals in a very tough tiebreaker match to lock up a top-6 finish. After falling to eventual champ Sasso in the semis, Storr fell to the 5th place match where he beat Rooks of Indiana.
Lewan was 2-1 on the weekend before injury defaulting to 8th. He beat Doetsch of Maryland first round, lost to Brayton Lee of Minnesota in the quarterfinals, and then beat Mologousis of Illinois to secure his spot in the NCAA tournament. Lewan then injury defaulted the next 3 matches.
Chase Saldate had as good as B1G tournament as anyone. Saldate lost in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Young of Iowa, and then he rattled off some solid wins on the back side. Saldate beat Model of Wisconsin to qualify for the tournament, and then he won via medical forfeit against Lewan. In his biggest win to date, Saldate won a 3-1 match against Coleman of Purdue to reach the 3rd place match where he would fall to Brayton Lee 6-3.
Like Saldate, Amine did a lot to raise his stock this weekend. In the semis, the Wolverine handled the 5-seed Sparks of Minnesota 5-2. In the semis, Amine gave #1 Marinelli a very tough match, falling 2-0. Amine then pinned Jake Tucker in OT and had a great 4-1 win over Robb of Nebraska to finish 3rd.
Tucker out-wrestled his seed over the weekend, making it into the top-6 and qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Tucker’s biggest win of the season came in the round of 12 against the 2nd seed Braunagel of Illinois. Tucker picked up the pin in the 3rd period to secure his spot at the national tournament.
Massa wrestled to his seed, taking 4th. He had a good win against Washington of Indiana in the quarterfinals, picking up a 9-3 win. He then lost a close 4-2 match to the eventual champ Kemerer of Iowa. On the backside, Massa used a third-period takedown to beat Romero of Ohio State. In the 3rd place match, Massa lost a few scrambles and fell to the 2-seed Labriola of Nebraska.
In the match to get back to the national tournament for the 4th time in his career, Hughes picked up a 2nd period pin against Krattiger of Wisconsin. Hughes then lost a close match to Washington of Indiana, which put him in the 8th place match.
184lbs was one of the deepest weights in the tournament. Malczewski dropped a tough quarterfinals match to the runner-up Venz of Nebraska. Malczewski then picked up back-to-back 1 point wins over Bullock of Michigan and Lyon of Purdue. After he secured a spot in the top-6, Malczewski injury defaulted to 6th place.
After taking 2nd in both 2018 and 2019, Myles Amine was able to break through and finish on the top of the podium at the B1G tournament this season. Amine used quick takedowns in overtime in each of his first two matches. He beat Beard of Penn State 8-6 and Warner of Iowa 3-1 to reach the finals. In the finals, Amine was very impressive, beating #1 Schultz of Nebraska 7-3. The win will likely make Amine the #1 seed at the NCAA tournament.
Caffey had a solid tournament, only losing to the guys that finished 2nd and 3rd. He had a solid 6-5 win over Davison of Northwestern in the quarterfinals before losing to Schultz 2-1 in the semis. Caffey’s best win came in the consi semis against Beard of Penn State. He won that match 12-6.
In his first two matches, Parris continued his dominant season. He majored freshman phenom Kerkvliet of Penn State 11-3 in the quarterfinals. In one of the most impressive wins of the tournament, Parris pinned #3 Cassioppi in under 1-minute in the semis. In the finals, Parris lost to #1 Steveson 12-4.
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