Wrestling

Fifth-year senior Stevan Micic took an Olympic redshirt this year and is now preparing to return to Michigan for one final season.

First, COVID-19 canceled the NCAA Championships. Then, it pushed the Olympics back to 2021. Now, Bormet and the Michigan wrestling team must adapt again.
Fifth-year seniors Myles Amine, Logan Massa and Stevan Micic, all of whom took Olympic redshirts last year, plan to return to the Wolverines for the 2021 season while simultaneously training for Tokyo. According to Amine, the Wolverines haven’t received official word from the NCAA on whether they will be able to take a second Olympic redshirt. But all three are already sold on coming back.

Though Mason Parris didn't go undefeated, Michigan still finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships.

In the chaos amongst the multiple mats and crowds of people on the gym floor at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, redshirt junior Tyler Meisinger — wrestling at 165 pounds — ran amongst the crowd to his coaches and embraced them, with a grin stretching from ear to ear.

Fifth-year senior Jackson Striggow’s come-from-behind victory at 197 pounds highlighted the Michigan wrestling team’s 33-6 win over Edinboro on Friday.

The No. 21 Michigan wrestling team (7-6) had come out of a tough stretch of Big Ten dual meets, losing three matches in a row against three of the top-12 ranked schools. With the Big Ten tournament coming up, a trip to Edinboro (10-8) could have caused some trouble. But the Wolverines did not overlook the Scots, dominating in a 33-6 win on Friday.

Redshirt junior Kanen Storr pulled his Olympic redshirt in December.

After losing three top athletes to the Olympics, Michigan wrestling coach Sean Bormet and the Wolverines are looking to keep moving forward, despite their depleted roster.

The No. 22 Michigan wrestling team lost to No. 1 Iowa, 27-9, on Senior Night.

Despite No. 2 heavyweight sophomore Mason Parris’ pin over No. 3 redshirt freshman Tony Cassioppi, the No. 22 Michigan wrestling team (6-4 overall, 5-2 Big Ten) fell to No. 1 Iowa (11-0, 8-0), 27-9, on Senior Night.

Mason Parris moved to 23-0 this weekend in an otherwise dull meet for Michigan.

On a night at Crisler Center that didn’t provide Wolverines fans with much to cheer for, Parris’ closing act was spectacular. In the course of dazzling those in attendance, the ever-improving Parris staked his claim to be considered the best heavyweight in the nation.

Sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris sealed the dual meet against Rutgers with a first-period pin

It happened in a flash.

Everyone saw it coming, but it still stunned the masses at Madison Square Garden.

Redshirt junior Kanen Storr gained a bonus point in the 149-pound match Sunday afternoon at No. 15 Illinois.

Down 4-3 in the match, Braunagel went low, grabbed Embree’s legs and slammed him onto the mat to take the lead, 5-4. Braunagel finished Embree with a second thunderous takedown to end the match and clinch the meet for the No. 15 Illini (5-3 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) giving them a 20-13 win over No. 23 Michigan (5-3, 4-1) on Sunday afternoon.

Redshirt sophomore Jack Medley’s win in the 125-pound match clinched Michigan’s road win at No. 15 Northwestern.

Its a moment Michigan coach Sean Bormet always talks about: being the guy to decide the match. The one with the weight of the team on your shoulders. It’s usually the heavyweights.

In Friday's match against Maryland, 157-pound freshman No. 12 Will Lewan defeated his opponent, 19-4.

With four of its key wrestlers redshirting to potentially compete in the Olympics, the Michigan wrestling team needs its underclassman to close the gap. Early in the season, they’ve shown up in big ways.