Though the Wolverines lost the dual meet against No. 18 Minnesota to start off the Big Ten campaign, Massa was able to lead by example with his decisive win over his opponent.
The Michigan wrestling team lost its Big Ten opener to Minnesota by a tight 22-18 margin.
Massa became the fourth Michigan wrestler to win an individual title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, and the first to do so since 2007.
Michigan’s 11th-ranked wrestling team prevailed over both No. 17 Oklahoma on Friday and No. 24 Oregon State on Sunday.
After a strong beginning by the redshirt freshmen, the Wolverines’ more experienced wrestlers helped pad their lead.
Seven out of the 10 Wolverines to wrestle on Friday were redshirt freshmen, four of whom came out on top in their respective weight classes.
The All-Star classic — held in Cleveland — kicks off the wrestling season each year and typicaly acts as a showcase for the No. 1 and No. 2 wrestlers nationally.
Star heavyweight Adam Coon was absent from competition, as he will redshirt this season due to an undisclosed injury.
After spending much of the year highly ranked in the polls, Michigan was unable to overcome some of the top-tier teams in their conference and beyond.
Michigan was disappointed, considering its No. 4 ranking in the conference going into the meet.