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Michigan Intrasquad Dual Notes

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125 lbs. Sean Boyle dec. Connor Youtsey: 6-2

After some stong hand fighting, Boyle scores on a slide-by and rides out the period. He escapes at the start of the second, and adds another takedown. Youtsey has a little success with escapes from the bottom toward the end of the second and then in the third. Boyle adds RT for the win as experience wins.

133 lbs. Rossi Bruno dec. Grant Pizzo: 11-3

Bruno picks up a single leg, and then works on Pizzo hard from the top, coming close to scoring back points with a chicken wing several times. He adds an escape and takedown during the second, although Pizzo is able to get a reversal midway through the period. Bruno continues to dominate for the win.

141 lbs Camryn Jackson dec. Steve Dutton by injury default

A slight contrast in styles, as Dutton is the more experienced and a little stronger, and Jackson is the longer and quicker. Dutton is able to establish the initial pace, get the first takedown and ride Jackson for about two minutes, but Jackson gives him nothing, repeatedly working standups and rolls until he is able to get out. Dutton starts the second on the bottom and gets out. Jackson makes a few more good shots, his length and his athleticism starting to make a difference. He eventually connects on a nice double. Dutton gets out, but Jackson takes him back down with a double to a bear hug. Somehow Dutton is injured on the way down, and the coaches decide to not risk further aggravation.

So they’ll probably have the rubber match in the near future. This match piqued my interest more than the rest. Dutton is solid, but Jackson also appears for real.

149 lbs. Eric Grajales pin. John Evashevski 2:07

Grajales is in control against Evashevski from the start with a takedown and cradle for the fall.

157 lbs. Jake Salazar dec. Mike Carpenter: 7-4

Salazar wins some takedowns and escapes. His ability looks solid, although I thought he had a little more difficulty (especially dominating from the top and escaping) against the outclassed Carpenter than I would have liked, given his relative strength and maturity. We’ll see what happens as the season progresses.

During the brief intermission, Jake Herbert gives a nice little speech thanking the program and coach Bormet for the help with his Olympic preparation.

165 lbs. Taylor Massa dec. Connor Brancheau: 16-5

This was my first time seeing Massa as a collegian. He puts on a takedown clinic, doing a TD-escape routine to go up 10-3 by the end of the first (gets two back points at the end). He coasts just a little after that, but if I notice anything, it’s that Massa is moving forward the entire bout – he means to dominate. Yes, Brancheau is no Taylor or Dake, but I’m liking what I’m seeing.

174 lbs. Dan Yates tech fall Brandon Hill: 20-4 (6:19)

Yates looks quite a bit stronger than the previous seasons with the move up in weight. Like the other upperclassmen, He is in control of the match from beginning to end.

184 lbs. Jordan Thomas dec. Chris Heald: 5-2

Of the backups, Heald gives the most resistance to his highly regarded freshman opponent, who wrestles a careful match, waiting for the best opportunities to score. He’s good, but between him, Massa and Bruno, I think he would benefit the most from a redshirt year.

197 lbs. Max Huntley pin. Miles Trealout: 2:26

Huntley punishes Trealout with a hammerlock from on top, getting two sets of back points before sinking in a cradle to end it.

HWT: Justin Dozier dec. Matt Hart: 7-4

Hart is the smaller and quicker of the two, and goes up early, but Dozier wears him down for the win.

Justin will wrestle off against Ben Apland for the spot as soon as the latter is ready.

So as of now the starting lineup is:

125: Boyle

133: Bruno

141: TBD

149: Grajales

157: Salazar

165: Massa

174: Yates

184: Thomas

197: Huntley


Like others have mentioned, I also would have wanted to give the new recruits the opportunity to redshirt, although for right now, duty calls. It should be an interesting season with so much raw but untested talent in the lineup, along with some solid upperclassmen and only one senior.

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Totally agree Sheer, no point in wrestling all the true frosh and Dutton, only to finish 7th or 8th in the Big Ten behind PSU, Iowa, Minny, OSU, Illinois, Nebraska, and Northwestern. I am more ok with wrestling Massa because he will probably AA, but Thomas is an undersized 184 unless he has grown a ton since the state finals and should definitely redshirt. What happened to Brandon Zeerip at 57? Very solid showing by Jackson, did he beat Hillock earlier?

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Nice job, Sheer. Spot on. Just a few additional observations/responses:

Great to see everyone strong and healthy. Dutton may be only question mark healthwise, at this point. (Brandon Zeerip is lost for season following shoulder surgery, but Apland is expected to be in the lineup prior to conference duals.)

Boyle, Salazar, Yates and Huntley clearly have been pushing some steel! (Although his was only an exhibition match, Huntley looks beastly!)

Although Pizzo is no slouch, Bruno handled him easily and looked more mature than I had expected. The mutual support with Grajales is good for all.

Cam was ahead 5-4 when everyone (thankfully) decided against ANY risk (however slight) of jeopardizing Dutton's health. The rubber match should be exciting! Jackson's increased confidence and overall progress is very noticeable!

Although lacking size and definition, Thomas is a more than welcome addition at 184. Just hope his first year at this level of competition in that weight class is not debilitating.

As for Massa, he's gonna be a lot of fun to watch--very well-composed mentally if not particularly physically--always knows exactly where he is, what he is doing or trying to do and why.

Conference battles are gonna be especially tough this year, but it's a terrific schedule for this incredibly well-managed young team. GO BLUE!

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any idea what happened to Hunter Collins? Do not see his name on the roster. Thought he still had a year of eligibility left.


ennui of the "malaise and blue" variety perhaps exacerbated by longing for all things "West Coast" but particularly California coeds? (just a guess, but doubtful sufficent interest exists for any continuation of his participation in intercollegiate wrestling competition)

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U of M vs CMU Dual November 6th:


125: Boyle over Roth

133: Sentes over Bruno

141: Jackson over Mattingly

149: Grajales over CMU

157: Salazar over CMU

165: Massa over Ottinger

174: Yates over CMU

184: Bennett over Thomas

197: Huntley over CMU

HWT: Trice over Dozier

U of M wins 7 and CMU 3

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The 133 match between Bruno and Sentes will be fun for us down in Fl. Former 4X State champ in Sentes facing the States first 5Xer. Can't wait.

Check below for previous matchup of two FLA champs who will be opposing for UM and Chips:


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Nice update Sheer, thanks. Had prior obligations and couldn't get to Keen. A couple comments:


I expected Yates to look big. In St. Louis in March after he was eliminated, he mentioned he was going to move up, but he was actually talking 184 or maybe 197, and was intent on beefing up asap to prepare for competition in one of those weights.


Starting the three frosh - well, they earned it first of all, and Donny's been talking about how a couple of them have been leading the way and providing motivation in the room early on. Given their depth (which is better but still not all there IMHO), it's also kind of out of necessity. Yes I'd like to see Thomas get more reasoning and aggressiveness at this level also, but he's a significant step up from what they had. I'd like to see Bruno RS also with maybe Youtsey moving up since he has a year in, but it is what it is. As the depth improves with improved recruiting, there's a good chance all three will get a RS year.


I haven't been able to confirm the B. Zeerip situation yet - were you able to confirm it?

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The 133 match between Bruno and Sentes will be fun for us down in Fl. Former 4X State champ in Sentes facing the States first 5Xer. Can't wait.

Check below for previous matchup of two FLA champs who will be opposing for UM and Chips:




Sentes and Grajales met in the 1A state finals when Grajales was an 8th grader and Sentes was in 9th. Sentes won by dec. If my memory is correct Sentes lost in the state final as an 8th grader as well. Bruno was the 1st to go 5 for 5. His teammate Clark Glass won 5 but he won as a 7th then lost as an 8th & of course ran off 4 straight in HS.

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