Deep into the third set, freshman defensive specialist Amber Beals lofted the ball in the air and smacked it to the opposing side of the court. The ball ricocheted off the defender’s arm, notching the fourth service ace of the day for the Wolverines.
From the first minute, the Wolverines’ high-effort mentality made its mark. Michigan applied maximum offensive pressure at all times and worked hard to suffocate the Demon Deacons’ elusive style of play. These efforts paid off early and often, as the Wolverines scored on two corner shots in the first half.
It was New Years Eve and Reece Hughes was playing video games with his friends. With only a few hours until the new year, the sophomore was prepared for a night of some relaxed fun coming off of what had been a particularly grueling winter break of training.
On Sunday, first-year Michigan coach Sean Bormet didn’t just get his first win of his fledgling career, he did it with style. With three of his wrestlers pinning their opponents and two securing major decision wins, the Wolverines flexed their fifth-ranked muscles over Central Michigan, winning 32-12.
Myles Amine emerged from the tunnel and was met with a reception fit for the final bout at the NCAA Championships. The redshirt junior trotted out to the mat elevated by the cheers of the raucous crowd and the spirit of the event.