No. 4 Michigan wins eight bouts to handle No. 18 Rutgers, 28-7 in Piscataway

By Rutgers and Michigan Athletics | Feb. 17, 2019, 3:39 p.m. (ET)
Image of Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers battling Malik Amine of Michigan courtesy of RUWrestling Twitter

Wolverines trounce No. 18 Rutgers in Big Ten Dual Finale

» No. 4 Michigan claimed eight matches to cruise to a 28-7 decision at No. 18 Rutgers in its Big Ten dual-meet finale.
» Stevan Micic, ranked No. 1 at 133 pounds, used a third-period takedown to beat No. 4 Nick Suriano, 3-2, and improve to 13-0 on the season.
» Alec Pantaleo also knocked off a ranked Scarlet Knight opponent with a 7-2 decision in 14th-ranked John Van Brill at 157 pounds

Site: Piscataway, N.J. (Rutgers Athletic Center)
Score: #4 Michigan 28, #18 Rutgers 7
Records: U-M (12-1, 8-1 Big Ten), Rutgers (11-6, 4-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 24 -- vs. Clarion (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team won decisively in his Big Ten Conference dual finale, taking eight of 10 matches to beat No. 18 Rutgers, 28-7, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 17) at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Wolverines closed their Big Ten schedule with an 8-1 league record.

Senior/junior Stevan Micic, the nation's top-ranked 133-pounder, used a third-period takedown to defeat fourth-ranked Nick Suriano, 3-2, in the dual's marquee match. After both wrestlers failed to score on attacks in the first, including a deep Suriano single leg in the first minute, Micic scored the match's only takedown on a re-shot high crotch midway through the third. With the win, Micic improved to 13-0 on the season. He has defeated ranked opponents in five of his last eight matches.

Fifth-year senior Alec Pantaleo, ranked fifth at 157 pounds, earned a 7-2 decision over 14th-ranked John Van Brill in the dual's other ranked matchup. Pantaleo scored the bulk of his points in the second period, breaking it open on a feet-to-back single leg for four points early in the frame and added another takedown on a go behind in the waning seconds.

Michigan claimed four of the first five bouts before the intermission break to build a significant early lead. Sophomore Drew Mattin, ranked 13th at 125 pounds, opened the dual with a 9-0 major decision against Shane Metzler. Mattin jumped out to a big lead after the first period with a single-leg takedown and six back points -- four off a tilt and two at the buzzer on a Rutgers granby attempt.

Junior/sophomore Kanen Storr, ranked sixth at 141 pounds, claimed a 6-1 decision over Peter Lipari behind a four-point turn in the round of tiebreakers. Storr escaped quickly in his 30-second go, then caught Lipari rolling in the second, putting him on the back before riding out the frame.

Senior/junior Logan Massa, ranked seventh nationally, accepted a forfeit win at 165 pounds and Rutgers claimed a narrow decision at 174 before the Wolverines closed out the dual with three straight decisions.

Sophomore/freshman Jelani Embree, ranked 20th at 184 pounds, scored three takedowns, including two in the first period, to earn a 7-2 decision over Anthony Olivieri. He iced the match late with a high crotch in the third period.

Senior/junior Jackson Striggow scored in the last 20 seconds of the third to edge Matt Correnti, 6-4. Striggow held the initial lead on a high crotch early in the first period but gave up a go behind late, and the score was even at the end of the first period -- and again late in the third after traded escapes. After just missing on a single leg on the edge of the mat, Striggow struck on another high crotch off the subsequent restart and rode out the match to seal it.

Freshman heavyweight Mason Parris, ranked seventh nationally, used riding time to make the difference in his 4-3 decision against Christian Colucci in the final bout. Parris scored on a fireman's carry early in the first period and nearly had the Scarlet Knight wrestler on his back. The two traded escapes in the second and third before Parris sacrificed a late hands-in-the-face penalty to even the match score. His 1:03 in riding-time advantage, accumulated largely in the first period, broke the tie.

Michigan (12-1, 8-1 Big Ten) will close out its dual-meet slate at home next Sunday (Feb. 24), hosting Clarion for a 2 p.m. dual at Cliff Keen Arena. Tickets are still available through the U-M Ticket Office.

No. 4 Michigan 28, No. 18 Rutgers 7
Individual rankings by InterMat

125 -- #13 Drew Mattin (U-M) major dec. Shane Metzler, 9-0 [U-M, 4-0]
133 -- #1 Stevan Micic (U-M) dec. #4 Nick Suriano, 3-2 [U-M, 7-0]
141 -- #6 Kanen Storr (U-M) dec. Peter Lipari, 6-1 TB [U-M, 10-0]
149 -- #1 Anthony Ashnault (RU) major dec. Malik Amine, 16-4 [U-M, 10-4]
157 -- #5 Alec Pantaleo (U-M) dec. #14 John Van Brill, 7-2 [U-M, 13-4]
165 -- #7 Logan Massa (U-M) won by forfeit [U-M, 19-4]
174 -- Joe Grello (RU) dec. Reece Hughes, 4-1 [U-M, 19-7]
184 -- #20 Jelani Embree (U-M) dec. Anthony Olivieri, 7-2 [U-M, 22-7]
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) dec. Matt Correnti, 6-4 [U-M, 25-7]
Hwt -- #7 Mason Parris (U-M) dec. Christian Colucci, 4-3 [U-M, 28-7]

No. 1 Ashnault Majors against No. 4 Michigan on Senior Day

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 17, 2019) – No. 1 Anthony Ashnault (149) majored in his final home match and Joseph Grello (174) earned a decision as No. 18 Rutgers wrestling (11-6, 4-4) dropped a 28-7 dual to No. 4 Michigan (12-1, 8-1) Sunday afternoon in front of 5,364 fans at the RAC.

Prior to the dual, Ashnault, No. 14 John Van Brill (157), Nicholas Gravina (184) and Ralph Normandia (HWT) were honored as part of senior day.

Ashnault, who moved to 22-0 on the season, landed four takedowns in the opening period en route to a 16-4 major decision over Malik Amine. The win was his 16th by bonus, as the graduate student has produced eight pins, four tech falls and four major decisions in 2018-19.

“He’s really been a big part of the program,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “He’s really put this place on the map not just from a wrestling standpoint, but from an athletic department standpoint because he means a lot to this university. I love the way our crowd appreciated that. Anthony deserves all of it.”

How it Happened
• Michigan won eight out of 10 bouts against the Scarlet Knights to move to 4-0 all-time against RU.
• In another high-profile matchup, No. 4 Nick Suriano faced undefeated and No. 1 Stevan Micic at 133 pounds. Suriano worked two single-leg attacks on Micic in the opening minutes, but the score remained deadlocked at zero at the end of the first period. Micic and Suriano would trade escapes for a 1-1 tie, but Micic’s takedown with 1:15 to go proved to be the difference in the 3-2 final.
• Peter Lipari (141) also wrestled hard in his match against No. 6 Kanen Storr, forcing his opponent into overtime. However, Storr used a four-point near fall in TB1 to secure the win.
• Ashnault followed in his bout with Amine and wasted no time, landing four takedowns and hitting a two-point near fall for a 10-3 advantage after one. Ashnault scored another takedown in period two and closed the bout with an escape, takedown and the riding-time point for the 16-4 major.
• Van Brill also wrestled in his final match at the RAC, as he faced No. 5 Alec Pantaleo. Van Brill rode out Pantaleo for the majority of the final period after his opponent scored six points in period two, but Pantaleo would walk away with the 7-2 decision.
• Rutgers trailed Michigan, 13-4, at intermission, and RU forfeited at 165 pounds out of the break.
• Grello faced Reece Hughes at 174 pounds, landing the single leg for an early 2-0 lead. Grello would add an escape and the riding-time point for the 4-1 final, his fourth Big Ten Conference victory of the season.
• Michigan would close out the dual with three consecutive wins at 184, 197 and heavyweight.

• Rutgers closed its home dual schedule with a 7-3 record, which includes wins over No. 10 Wisconsin (Jan. 11) and No. 20 Princeton (Feb. 3). Overall, RU’s six losses this season have come to No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Michigan, No. 4 Iowa, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Nebraska and RV Utah Valley.
• Ashnault now owns 113 career wins, tied with Rod Van Ness (1994-98) and Dominic Cerreto (1986-89) for second all-time in program history. A win next week against Maryland will give him sole possession of second, as he needs just five more wins to pass Mike McHugh (1986-89) for the most wins in program history.

Rutgers closes out the dual season on Friday at Maryland. The match will start at 7 p.m.