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Maize vs. Blue Intrasquad dual Notes

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A few upsets started off this meet, with some established guys going down.

 

 

157: Brian Murphy (Maize) dec. Jake Salazar (Blue): 9-3

 

I don't know if anything was going on with Salazar, but this match was all Murphy.

 

He score two takedowns with an escape, and led 5-2 going into the third period. He then used his leverage in a near-leg turk to gain three back points, and added on RT at the end.

 

 

125: Connor Youtsey (Blue) maj. dec. Sean Boyle (Maize): 10-2

 

Youtsey is in control throughout the match, with two takedowns, a reversal, NF and almost three minutes of RT to dominate Boyle en route to the win.

 

 

133: Rossi Bruno (Maize) maj. dec. Zeb Hilyard (Blue): 15-2

 

Bruno dominates, leading 6-2 at the end of the first, and then reverses and almost pins Hilyard in the second to go up 11-2 by the end of the second. He adds a few more points for the win over a reasonably solid backup. Many thought he would be redshirting this year, so I hope this means he's improved quite a bit over the last several months.

 

 

141: Angelo Latora (Maize) dec. Cameron Kennedy (Blue): 1-0

 

Scoreless for the two underclassmen until Latora escapes midway through the second period. Kennedy cannot return the favor, and Latora wins the series.

 

 

149: Eric Grajales (Blue) pin. Jordan Amine (Maize): 2:15

 

Amine's length prevents Grajales from getting in for the first minute (a recurring theme for his career), but then gets the TD and punishes him from on top. He then gets a shoulder throw at the beginning of the second to get the fall.

 

 

165: Dan Yates (Blue) dec. Connor Brancheau (Maize): 2-1

 

Yates does just enough for the win.

 

 

174: Ben Ralston (Blue) dec. Brandon Hill (Maize): 7-3

 

Ralston gets takedowns in the first and third periods to make the difference.

 

 

174: Taylor Massa (Maize) mja. dec. Collin Zeerip (Blue): 13-4 [EXHIBITION]

 

Massa doesn't expend much energy against Zeerip, pretty much scoring at will. He will be redshirting.

 

 

184: Max Huntley (Blue) pin. Ayoola Opala (Maize): 1:57

 

A leaner and meaner Max Huntley dominates, almost pinning Ayoola midway through the first period, and then getting the job done with a few seconds left. He looked good enough his first time out at this weight. We'll see how things progress over the next four and a half months.

 

 

197: Chris Heald (Maize) dec. Payne Hayden (Blue): 7-3

 

The veteran Heald methodically gets takedowns in the first two periods, and hangs on for the win.

 

 

 

 

Second matches:

 

157: Brian Murphy (Maize) dec. Jake Salazar (Blue): 7-0.

 

Salazar starts off moving better than in the first match, with both guys getting in on each other until Murphy slips in for a takedown and gets two NF. Salazar starts the second period down, which turns out to be a mistake, as Murphy continues to ride very hard the entire period.

 

Murphy starts bottom in the third, and then immediately reverses and rides out the match.

 

It looks like the true freshman Murphy is off to a solid start as a collegian. Hard to believe this guy never won a state title in HS.

 

 

125: Connor Youtsey (Blue) dec. Sean Boyle (Maize): 4-2

 

Youtsey gets the first takedown and Boyle escapes in the first, and Boyle gets out in the second, but not after Yotsey has racked up RT. He escapes at the beginning of the third to go up 3-2, and despite Boyle being in on some good shots, hangs on for the win.

 

I don't know if this series is over, but it looks like Youtsey is the guy for now.

 

 

174: Ben Ralston (Blue) dec. Brandon Hill (Maize): 10-8 OT

 

Ralston seems to be on the way to winning the rubber match in largely the same manner with takedowns in the first and second, until Hill gets two takedowns of his own to tie the match at 8-8 midway through the third. The two trade two more takedowns to end regulation 10-10. Ralston gets the winning TD halfway through the first OT.

 

 

 

A day of some old faces blending in with the new, as former Wolverine wrestlers Sam Amine, Kevin Hill, and Tony Latora were all there to cheer on their sons, and Eric Heberstreit and Joe Pantaleo were the officials.

 

At 141, no one I spoke with seems to know exactly what's going on with Camryn Jackson and Steve Dutton, except they have both had issues, one with motivation, and the other with concussions (not sure whether he's been cleared).

 

At heavyweight, Justin Dozier was expected to be the starter while Adam Coon redshirted, but got himself in trouble in the offseason, and was shown the door. So unless they come up with someone else real fast, Coon may get thrown into the fire his first season. Not exactly what I or anyone else would have wanted.

 

Hopefully the team will find roles for Boyle, Salazar, Jackson and Dutton, all AA caliber wrestlers.

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Nice recap...VERY young squad, this year. Only two senior starters: Grajales and Yates as Boyle disappoints....kudos to Youtsey!! Finishing in top 1/2 of B1G will be tough row to hoe...besides getting past PSU, MN, IA and OSU pretty much unimagineable, WI, ILL, NEB and NW will require EVERYONE to be at their absolute best.

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This won't be a great year for dual meets, with too many untested people starting. However, as long as the upperclassmen stay healthy and live up to their billing at nationals (Grajales, Salazar, Yates, Huntley), and the younger guys are at least consistent, I think a top 15 or even a top 10 finish at nationals is doable. As always, transition years have plenty of anticipation.

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I say redshirt Bruno and stick Boyle in at 133 for his senior year, might as well if you are already sitting your best at 157, 165, and 174. Awful nice showing by Murphy, simply amazing he never got a state title. We are going to get absolutely hammered at 174 unless I have severely misjudged the kids there. Michigan needs another stud in the current recruiting class Hall is good and Mahomes is decent but another is needed badly IMO now that Whitford is gone.

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"I say redshirt Bruno and stick Boyle in at 133 for his senior year,..."

 

Boyle at 133 might be supportable if an outcome similar to Nick Roy's AA at 197 could be possible BUT the number of returning studs in- and outside the B1G obviate against it (and Boyle is currently a legitimate AA candidate at 125). Given that Youtsey has already sat out two seasons and is only a month younger than Bruno, it doesn't seem a good idea for him to consider following Murphy's path (to RS despite earning the starting spot.... over a team mate FIVE years older). A fair alternative may be to allow Boyle and Youtsey to share 125 responsibilities until a final wrestle-off to determine who should continue past the conference duals season.

 

"...might as well if you are already sitting your best at 157, 165, and 174." \

 

Salazar at 157 has already been decided. Yates IS our best at 165 AND 174, but he has opted to drop down with Massa redshirting this season. Personally, I thought Yates looked great at 174 last year but he looked anemic on Sunday despite assurances by everyone that both he and Huntley made their cuts slowly and appropriately. Great to see Dan untaped, Huntley's head back into the fray and both "hungry."

 

"Awful nice showing by Murphy, simply amazing he never got a state title."

 

Unable to comment on his coaching prior to arrival in Ann Arbor, but it might be interesting to hear from both Brian and Conor their comments about benefitting from mentors Bormet, Pritzlaff, McFarland et al!

 

"We are going to get absolutely hammered at 174 unless I have severely misjudged the kids there."

 

Concerns about 174 seem well-founded at this early point in the season....whatever happened to Jordan Thomas?

 

"Michigan needs another stud in the current recruiting class. Hall is good and Mahomes is decent but another is needed badly IMO now that Whitford is gone."

 

Rather than worry about next year's class (current recruiting efforts are SUPERLATIVE!), attentions might better be directed toward resolving issues with our TWO very capable guys at 141. Whitford's inabilities to measure up academically are disappointing but letting him go was best for everyone.

With few exceptions, within the B1G: Direction is great. Progress is steady and gaining strength. Adding Rutgers and MD should only enhance competition and excitement for the future (MSU, IN and Purdue should be especially pleased for them to join in the mix!)

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We don't just give away State titles here in Illinois. As far as Murph's previous coaching he went to one of the top schools in IL. Same school as Tony Ramos. Jared Cortez is currently there. He has trained at Overtime with Bormet since he entered H.S.

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This won't be a great year for dual meets, with too many untested people starting. However, as long as the upperclassmen stay healthy and live up to their billing at nationals (Grajales, Salazar, Yates, Huntley), and the younger guys are at least consistent, I think a top 15 or even a top 10 finish at nationals is doable. As always, transition years have plenty of anticipation.

 

..... is Grastalles a team leader.......??

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