Update: No. 5 Michigan wins seven bouts to beat No. 6 Lehigh, 21-13, in Ann Arbor

By Assorted Sources | Nov. 18, 2018, 8:28 p.m. (ET)
Michigan vs. Lehigh graphic courtesy of @UMichWrestling Twitter

by Leah Howard

» No. 5 Michigan took seven bouts, including six of the first seven, to beat No. 6 Lehigh, 21-13, in its home opener at Crisler Center.
» Logan Massa (165 pounds) and Myles Amine (174) earned decision wins against nationally-ranked opponents; Amine earned the series rubber match against No. 7 Jordan Kutler, 6-4.
» Drew Mattin clinched the dual in the final match, using a third-period rideout to rally past Nick Farro at 125 pounds.

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #5 Michigan 21, #6 Lehigh 13
Records: U-M (2-0), LU (0-1)
Next U-M Event: Sat-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 1 -- at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Las Vegas, Nev.)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team claimed seven individual bouts, including six of the first seven, to knock off No. 6 Lehigh, 21-13, in the Wolverines' home opener on Sunday evening (Nov. 18) before a crowd of 3,297 fans at Crisler Center.

With just a five-point difference in the team score entering in the final bout, sophomore Drew Mattin -- typically the first match of the dual -- iced the Wolverines' win with a 3-2 decision over Nick Farro at 125 pounds. Farro used a first-period takedown to take the initial lead and took more than 1:30 of riding time, with choice, into the third period. Mattin, ranked 17th nationally, first rode off the time advantage then rode out the period, picking up a big stall point, to rally for the decision win.

Redshirt juniors Logan Massa and Myles Amine earned wins over ranked Lehigh wrestlers, bracketing the intermission break with decisions at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Massa, ranked fifth, took advantage of a fast start to beat 13th-ranked Cole Walter, 5-3, scoring on an ankle pick on a restart midway through the first period and added a go-behind late in the frame.

Amine, ranked third nationally, earned a 6-4 decision over seventh-ranked Jordan Kutler to claim the rubber match between the two wrestlers. Amine took the early lead on a single-leg takedown -- that was upheld on challenge -- in the first period and spun behind a bad shot to gain 1:00 in riding time and ice the match in the third. The two wrestlers split a pair of matches last season, with Kutler claiming the dual meeting and Amine winning, 3-2, in the NCAA quarterfinals.

The Wolverines' other NCAA All-American in the lineup, second-ranked redshirt junior Stevan Micic, opened the dual meet with a 7-3 decision against Brandon Paetzell at 133 pounds. Micic scored on two takedowns and a reversal, and accumulated 1:40 in riding-time advantage. He took an early lead with a throw by in the first and, after nearly reversing Paetzell to his back early in the second, added a single leg in the period. Massa, Amine and Micic own 2-0 records on the season.

Redshirt sophomore Kanen Storr, redshirt junior Ben Lamantia and redshirt freshman Jelani Embree all rounded out the Wolverine match winners with decisions in their home dual debuts. Storr, ranked 19th at 141 pounds, improved to 6-0 on the season -- and in his Maize and Blue career since transferring in over the summer -- with a 3-2 decision over Ryan Pomrinca on a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the second period.

Lamantia, who wrestled up a weight class for the second straight week, earned his first-ever dual win with a wild 9-7 decision against Kent Lane at 157 pounds. After trading takedowns in the first and second periods, Lane took a one-point lead with an escape early in the third, but Lamantia responded with a single-leg takedown midway through the period and an escape after a Lane injury timeout.

Embree scored three takedowns en route to an 8-3 decision over Andrew Prince at 184 pounds. He finished on an immediate single-leg shot and subsequent inside trip in the first and spun behind a bad Lehigh shot in the third to ice the match. He also accumulated 1:30 in riding-time advantage.

Michigan will take a week off over the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to action at the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, slated for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PST each day.

No. 5 Michigan 21, No. 6 Lehigh 13
Individual rankings by InterMat
133 -- #2 Stevan Micic (U-M) dec. Brandon Paetzell, 7-3 [U-M, 3-0]
141 -- #19 Kanen Storr (U-M) dec. Ryan Pomrinca, 7-3 [U-M, 6-0]
149 -- Jimmy Hoffman (LU) injury def. Malik Amine, 2:58 [Tie, 6-6]
157 -- Ben Lamantia (U-M) dec. Kent Lane, 9-7 [U-M, 9-6]
165 -- #5 Logan Massa (U-M) dec. #13 Cole Walter, 5-3 [U-M, 12-6]
174 -- #3 Myles Amine (U-M) dec. #7 Jordan Kutler, 6-4 [U-M, 15-6]
184 -- Jelani Embree (U-M) dec. Andrew Price, 8-3 [U-M, 18-6]
197 -- Jake Jakobsen (LU) dec. #16 Jackson Striggow, 4-1 [U-M, 18-9]
Hwt -- #6 Jordan Wood (LU) major dec. Luke Ready, 16-5 [U-M, 18-13]
125 -- #17 Drew Mattin (U-M) dec. Nick Farro, 3-2 [U-M, 21-13]

by Steve Lomangino

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Last Thursday’s winter storm forced Lehigh to push back its dual meet opener two days. The sixth-ranked Mountain Hawks were unable to overcome No. 5 Michigan as the Wolverines won seven of 10 bouts to defeat Lehigh 21-13 Sunday at Crisler Center.

Wrestling without several projected starters, including two of its four returning conference champions, Lehigh had a late chance at the upset, with two bonus point wins leaving the Mountain Hawks able to potentially win the dual with a final bout fall, but Michigan’s Drew Mattin beat sophomore Nick Farro at 125 to help Michigan exact revenge for a 27-8 Lehigh win last November in Grace Hall.

Lehigh loses its dual opener for just the third time in 11 years under Pat Santoro, while Michigan moves to 2-0 on the season.

Michigan claimed decisions at the first two weights to take an early 6-0 lead. The dual began at 133 where sophomore Brandon Paetzell met second-ranked Stevan Micic. Lehigh opened the dual with three consecutive wrestlers making their dual meet debuts and Paetzell held the returning NCAA finalist to a 7-3 decision. Kanen Storr’s second period takedown was the difference in a 3-2 win over junior Ryan Pomrinca at 141.

Lehigh’s first win of the dual came at 149 as freshman Jimmy Hoffman won by injury default over Malik Amine. The match was tied 2-2 following an Amine takedown and Hoffman reversal. Amine was injured on a mat return on the edge of the mat and was unable to continue. Hoffman’s win tied the dual at 6-6.

Junior Kent Lane scored the first two takedowns of the dual for Lehigh at 157 but Ben Lamantia took the lead with a third period score and put the Wolverines back in front 9-6. A 5-3 decision by fifth-ranked Logan Massa over 13th-ranked Cole Walter at 165 put the Wolverines in front 12-6 at intermission.

The second half of the dual began with the featured bout of the night as seventh-ranked junior Jordan Kutler face No. 3 Myles Amine in a battle of All-Americans at 174. Amine converted takedowns in the first and third periods, while Kutler was unable to finish his best opportunities as Amine claimed a 6-4 decision.

An 8-3 win for Michigan’s Jelani Embree over junior Andrew Price put the Wolverines up 18-3 before sophomores Jake Jakobsen and Jordan Wood posted back-to-back wins to get Lehigh within striking distance.

Jakobsen rode out the second period versus Jackson Striggow at 197, then escaped and added a third period takedown to claim a 4-1 decision. Wood impressed on his feet in a 16-5 major decision over Luke Ready at 285.

Lehigh needed a six team-point win by Farro at 125 but after scoring the opening takedown, gave up escapes in the first and second periods to Mattin. Tied 2-2 but with riding time advantage in his favor, Farro chose bottom in the third and was ridden out and penalized twice for stalling, giving Mattin the decisive point.

The Mountain Hawks will be off next weekend and will return to action on Friday, November 30 when they host Princeton in the home opener at 7 p.m. inside Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. Tickets are available and can be purchased at LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.

The 2018-19 Lehigh wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.