Building on Parris’ success, the Michigan wrestling team (0-1) placed fourth at the Black Knight Invitational in West Point, N.Y. on Sunday. In addition to Parris’ win, redshirt freshman Will Lewan won the 157-pound division of the tournament.
Last fall, a 220-pound Mason Parris started the wrestling season as a redshirt. He practiced and built up strength while his teammates wrestled in dual meets against Central Michigan, Lehigh and Indiana. The then-freshman heavyweight waited to shed his redshirt, and on Jan. 3 at Oregon State, he finally had the chance to justify his No. 1 recruitment ranking.
In the first varsity meet of his college career, Parris decisively beat top-ranked heavyweight in the nation Amar Dhesi, 11-4.
Eight minutes in, disaster struck for the Wolverines. They’d fight. They’d keep their composure. But they’d never recover.
In that pivotal eighth minute of the Michigan men’s soccer team’s match at University of Nebraska-Omaha Friday, Maverick forward Aaron Uribe hit a header over senior goalkeeper Andrew Verdi. The shot set the Wolverines back a goal early, gave Omaha momentum and furthered a tense environment for Michigan in their first road game of the season.
On Friday, No. 15 seed Michigan softball will face off with St. Francis (PA) in the first game of the NCAA Regional. A win advances the Wolverines to a second game against the winner of the DePaul-James Madison matchup. Meanwhile, a loss would send Michigan into the backdraw to play the loser of that game.
Friday afternoon, sophomore first baseman Lou Allan stepped into the batter’s box instead of junior outfielder Haley Hoogenraad, the regular No. 8 batter. With just one out in the inning and three teammates on base, she just needed a hit or a sacrifice fly to get Michigan on the scoreboard in the scoreless Big Ten quarterfinal game against Illinois.
Allan stared down Fighting Illini right-hander Taylor Edwards and swung at the first pitch Edwards threw.
The Wolverines hung on to defeat No. 5 seed Wisconsin, 8-3, in the semifinal game of the Big Ten Tournament. The win signaled a revival of Michigan’s offense and advances the team to the final against No. 2 seed Northwestern or No. 3 seed Minnesota, depending on the outcome of Saturday afternoon’s matchup between the powerhouse teams.
Playing with a Big Ten regular season championship on the line, the No. 22 Michigan softball team decisively defeated Maryland 6-1 Friday.
Saturday and Sunday were no different.
In an effort to control their own destiny going into the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines beat the Terrapins 8-0 on Saturday and 12-3 on Sunday. The wins ended Michigan’s regular season with a 40-11 record and only one loss during conference play.
COLLEGE PARK — In the first inning of the No. 22 Michigan softball team's first contest in College Park, Alex Sobczak cracked a line drive single to center field to bring home senior outfielder Natalie Peters and freshman outfielder Lexie Blair.
In the second, the senior first baseman hit a sacrifice pop-up to allow senior second baseman Faith Canfield to run to the plate.
Michigan softball’s seniors walked into Sunday’s game with their families. Honored by the program and Michigan coach Carol Hutchins, the five players received flowers, hats and recognition from their teammates and coaches.
They led the team into player introductions before the game, and then they led the Wolverines offensively on the field. Scoring in the first inning on a sacrifice pop-fly by senior first baseman Alex Sobczak, senior second baseman Faith Canfield put the Wolverines on the board early.