EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team shook off a sluggish start and claimed five of the last six bouts, including three straight bonus wins, to surge past in-state rival Michigan State, 24-15, Sunday afternoon (Feb. 5) at the Spartans' Jenison Field House. The Wolverines earned bonus points in four of their six total match wins.
Senior captain Brian Murphy, ranked 10th nationally at 157 pounds, initiated the comeback with a 5-1 decision over Austin Thompson just before the intermission break, opening up a tight match with a pair of third-period takedowns. Murphy finished on a single leg early in the frame and again out of a scramble late in final 20 seconds. It was Murphy's fifth straight dual win.
Sophomore/freshman Logan Massa and classmate Myles Amine reeled off back-to-back technical falls at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively, to put the Wolverines firmly in control late. Massa, ranked second nationally, cruised to a 23-8 win against high former high school teammate Mark Bozzo, scoring on 10 takedowns -- six in the first period -- and a two-point bow and arrow to end the bout at the 6:07 mark. It was his second tech fall of the weekend and ninth of the season. He boasts 16 total bonus wins.
Amine, ranked eighth nationally, used a similar route to his 21-5 win against Drew Barnes in the subsequent match, posting seven takedowns and six back points. He ended the match early, at 6:24, after hitting a double leg and immediately turning Barnes with a leg turk off the edge of the mat. Amine owns 12 bonus wins this season.
Senior/junior Ernest Battaglia also won big in his first match back from injury at 184 pounds, capitalizing on a pair of big moves in the first period to defeat Shwan Shadaia, 17-5, and all but seal the Wolverine win. With Shadaia twice locking up double underhooks and looking for throws early, Battaglia twice planted him on his back for six points, including an inside trip midway through the frame. He added a single leg in the second and rode for 2:01 time advantage.
Sophomore/freshman Jackson Striggow also used a strong first period to secure a 7-1 decision against Matt Okaiye for his sixth straight win at 197 pounds. He struck quickly with a takedown on the edge before earning several penalty points on a locked-hands call and three stall warnings.
Sophomore/freshman Stevan Micic, ranked seventh nationally at 133 pounds, earned the Wolverines' lone win at the lowerweights with a 10-2 major decision over Austin Eicher. Micic scored on three takedowns -- one in each period -- and added a pair of stall points and 2:06 in riding-time advantage. It was his 13th bonus win of the season.
The Wolverines (8-5, 4-5 Big Ten) will wrap up their Big Ten schedule next Sunday (Feb. 12), traveling to Madison, Wisconsin, to take on Wisconsin at noon CST at the UW Field House. The dual will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
#10 Michigan 24, Michigan State 15
Individual rankings from InterMat
125 -- Mitch Rogaliner (MSU) dec. #10 Conor Youtsey, 3-2 -- MSU, 3-0
133 -- #7 Stevan Micic (U-M) major dec. Austin Eicher, 10-2 -- U-M, 4-3
141 -- Javier Gasca (MSU) dec. Sal Profaci, 4-1 -- MSU, 6-4
149 -- Nick Trimble (MSU) dec. Malik Amine, 13-8 -- MSU, 9-4
157 -- #10 Brian Murphy (U-M) dec. Austin Thompson, 5-1 -- MSU, 9-7
165 -- #2 Logan Massa (U-M) tech. fall Mark Bozzo, 23-8 (6:07) -- U-M, 12-9
174 -- #8 Myles Amine (U-M) tech. fall Drew Barnes, 21-5 (6:24) -- U-M, 17-9
184 -- Ernest Battaglia (U-M) major dec. Shwan Shadaia, 17-5 -- U-M, 21-9
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) dec. Matt Okaiye, 7-1 -- U-M, 24-9
Hwt -- Jacob Cooper (MSU) injury def. Ayoola Olapo, 0:36 -- U-M, 24-15