With its season right around the corner, the Michigan wrestling team held its annual Maize and Blue Intrasquad Friday at Cliff Keen Arena.
Six starting spots were up for grabs in the best-of-three matches format. Freshman Kellen Russell and redshirt freshmen Anthony Biondo and Matt Guhn won their respective wrestleoffs and became first-time starters for the Wolverines. Russell, who will wrestle in the 141-pound weight class, is the second true freshman in as many years to immediately fill a starting role in the Michigan lineup.
Redshirt junior Steve Luke dominated redshirt sophomore Jordan Sherrod, scoring a 15-2 major decision to keep his spot at the 174-pound weight class. Sophomore Chris Diehl and fifth-year senior Jeff Marsh rounded out the winners, securing the top spot in the 133- and 157-pound weight divisions, respectively.
In addition, senior captains Josh Churella and Eric Tannenbaum won their exhibition matches in preparation for the NWCA All Star Classic, an exhibition event featuring the country’s top collegiate wrestlers.
Michigan will officially kick off its dual-meet season Saturday at the Journeyman/Brute Northeast Duals, where it will face Bloomsburg, Bucknell, Maryland and Virginia.