Michigan defeats No. 6 Ohio State, 21-11
Even though the No. 13 Michigan wrestling team defeated No. 6 Ohio State, 21-11 on Saturday, there was a time when things appeared to be trending the Buckeyes’ way.
In the 165-pound class, Wolverine sophomore Garrett Sutton was dominated by the Buckeyes’ second-ranked Bo Jordan, 19-4. Jordan won by 15 points, earning the Buckeyes five team points and giving them an 11-9 lead with No. 19 redshirt freshman Davonte Mahomes of Michigan scheduled to take on No. 15 Myles Martin.
Mahomes turned the tide. Trailing 1-0 with 1:30 to go in the third period, Mahomes nabbed an escape point to send the bout into overtime. The sudden-death extra frame didn’t last long.
Mahomes was awarded a takedown 13 seconds into the period to earn a 3-1 victory, which put the Wolverines ahead, 12-11.
“Mahomes is really tough,” said Michigan coach Joe McFarland. “It was a great win for us and for him, and it put the momentum on our side.”
It was all Michigan from there. After a scoreless first period, No. 10 junior Domenic Abounader took total control of the 184-pound match to top No. 12 Kenny Courts, 5-0. Abounader accumulated 3:16 of riding time in the process.
It was fifth-year senior Max Huntley, though, who clinched the meet for the Wolverines. He defeated Mark Martin, 8-3, in the 197-pound class, giving Michigan an insurmountable 18-11 edge and a signature road victory.
Junior heavyweight Adam Coon put the icing on the cake as he scored a win over Nick Tavanello, 4-1.
“It was a great team effort,” McFarland said. “We got our offense going, and I think that is important.”
Added Mahomes: “I feel like the team performed at a very high level. We were all fired up and ready to go. It was really awesome to get to experience a dual meet of this caliber with so much heat and tension against each other.”
Yet, what was arguably the Wolverines’ most impressive individual victory came in the 133-pound class.
In a match that many picked to end in favor of Ohio State, No. 16 senior Rossi Bruno notched two escape points and 2:09 of riding time to upset No. 8 Johnni DiJulius, 4-1.
Bruno’s win knotted up the score at three, as it came on the heels of a close loss by No. 19 redshirt junior Conor Youtsey at the hands of No. 1 Nathan Tomasello, 4-2, in the 125-pound match.
“Even though he didn’t win, I thought (Youtsey) controlled most of his match,” Bruno said. “That really helped me out with my match in terms of getting momentum.”
While Michigan is riding high following its triumph over the defending national champion, the Wolverines will not have much time to celebrate. They will have to face No. 11 Illinois at Cliff Keen Arena on Jan. 15.
“We have to keep an aggressive mindset,” McFarland said. “If we go out there, concentrate and focus on our execution, the wins will take care of themselves.”