Winter break ends poorly for grapplers
The No. 7 Michigan wrestling team suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of No. 13 Central Michigan, losing 19-13 yesterday in Mount Pleasant. After losing the first four matches, the Wolverines rallied back to tie the score in the meet with two matches left. But the Chippewas won the remaining bouts to seal the victory.
Senior Kyle Smith, ranked ninth nationally, led the way for the Wolverines by winning at 197 pounds. Redshirt freshman Greg Wagner dominated in the heavyweight bought with a 9-5 win. Senior Foley Doud and A.J. Grant also won their respective matches at 125 and 133 pounds.
But after the score was tied, Clark Forward and Jeremiah Tobias lost the final two matches against ranked opponents.
Saturday night, the Wolverines donimayed Oregon by winning eight of the ten matches on the way to a 35-6 win. Freshman Rob Sulaver and Smith registered falls at 157 and 197 pounds, respectively.
At the Midland Championships, Michigan finished tenth out of sixteen teams.
Doud won the 133-pound division and Grant finished fourth in the 125-pound division, and Smith finsihed sixth at 197.