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As Michigan’s Mason Parris mingled with a procession of young fans decked head-to-toe in maize and blue clamoring for his signature on their hats, t-shirts and posters, the sophomore heavyweight and team captain took a moment to reflect upon the hard fought win over Central Michigan’s

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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.

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For 197-pound fifth-year senior Jackson Striggow and sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris, there was no shortage of opportunity for leadership in Michigan wrestling’s first dual meet of the season. Against No.

Sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris faced Andrew Gunning and won 4-0 with a takedown late in the third period.

When sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris dislocated his finger in the midst of his match, there was no doubt in his mind that it would not affect the rest of his wrestling. The crowd went silent as the trainer stepped onto the mat to reset the finger. Parris, after a quick flex of his fingers, was ready to wrestle again. It was a gruesome embodiment of the mentality the Michigan wrestling team has adopted early this season — effort and confidence. But, in an up-and-down first dual meet against North Carolina, the Wolverines struggled to maintain this resiliency, losing 19-17. After a dominant performance from redshirt sophomore Jack Medley at 125-pounds, winning 10-2, the match-up leveled off, with the Tar Heels winning the next 2 matches.

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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.

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.