Wrestling

The Michigan wrestling team placed fifth in the NCAA Championship this weekend.

After aiming to win their respective divisions, only three of the eight Michigan wrestlers at nationals advanced to the quarterfinals. Those three wrestlers — fifth-year senior Alex Pantaleo, redshirt junior Stevan Micic and redshirt junior Myles Amine — were all two-time All Americans, all in their third quarterfinal appearances at the NCAA Tournament and all looking to push the Wolverines to a top-five team finish.

And that they did.

Senior Malik Amine recorded a decision in the 149 lb. weight class, 10-3, to give Michigan an early 3-0 lead.

The No. 4 Michigan wrestling team began its meet with the four graduating wrestlers — Amine and Pantaleo, as well as redshirt juniors Sal Profaci and Mike Volyanyuk — being honored with their families. The former two set the tone for a dominant victory over Clarion with a pair of convincing wins to open senior night.

Alec Pantaleo competed in his last away meet as a Wolverine.

In doing so, the Michigan wrestling junior reminded everyone of his No.1 ranking in the weight class and his undefeated title as he took down Suriano with one re-shot high crotch midway grab, ending the match 3-2 in favor of the Wolverines.

Freshman Drew Mattin played above his weight class in Michigan's victory.

By pinning Matthew Vinci at 4:04 into the match, the sophomore brought Michigan back to its winning ways in the team’s return to Cliff Keen Arena. The fall gave the Wolverines a lead they would never relinquish and Michigan shook off its first loss of the season, beating Northwestern (3-10 overall, 1-7 Big Ten) by the score of 30-9. The commanding win saw the Wolverines drop three matches — all by decision — while the seven victories included two decisions, three major decisions and two falls.

Redshirt junior Stevan Micic clinched a 10-4 win to propel the Wolverines to victory.

While this change in Northwestern’s lineup set up a battle of stars, Micic took down Rivera twice in the first period to take a 4-1 lead and never looked back. He would go on to log two more takedowns and 3:20 of riding time to earn a convincing 10-4 win.

Stevan Micic won his match 20-6 after a technical fall, though Michigan fell to Penn State.

An undefeated record under a new head coach. A potential number one ranking. Unrivaled clout going into postseason tournaments. A lot was riding on this Friday's wrestling meet in State College, PA.

The Michigan wrestling team upset No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday, 19-17.

Parris’ efforts were rewarded with the deciding victory in the meet, earning the Wolverines three team points and a 19-17 win.

Freshman Mason Parris took down Ohio State's Chase Singletary on Friday, helping Michigan to beat the second-ranked Buckeyes.

“Well, I obviously want to kill them every time. I want to win every single match, as a team. I want to blow them out and sweep them.”

I was once told you should never start a story with a quote, but I’m pretty sure I can’t convey the Michigan wrestling team’s feelings for Ohio State better than those words from Mason Parris.

The Michigan wrestling team moved to 7-0 with a win over Michigan State.

Including Micic’s match, the fifth-ranked Wolverines (7-0 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) cruised en route to six consecutive match wins, icing the dual in the process. After sophomore J.T. Correll at the 184-pound weight class was pinned, Michigan responded by squeezing out wins at 197 and heavyweight, finishing the dual with a 30-10 victory over Michigan State (4-5, 1-3).

Michigan beat Illinois 28-10 for its sixth-straight win to start the season.

Capped by Parris’ standout pin with one minute left in the third period, the No. 6 Michigan wrestling (6-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) defeated the No. 19 Illinois (2-2 overall, 1-1 Big Ten), 28-10, in a meet of gritty, low-scoring losses and one-sided, high-scoring matches for both teams.