Michigan beats No. 11 Minnesota 22-15 in Ann Arbor

By Minnesota Athletics and Michigan Athletics | Jan. 19, 2020, 4:49 p.m. (ET)
Graphic courtesy of @umichwrestling Twitter

Michigan Press release by Leah Howard

What you need to know

» Michigan claimed six matches, including four of the final five, to rally past No. 11 Minnesota at Crisler Center.
» Heavyweight Mason Parris earned his third straight pin to remain unbeaten on the season; Joey Silva also earned bonus points with an 11-3 major decision to seal the dual win in the final bout.
» Jackson Striggow earned a 6-4 decision against Hunter Ritter in a key swing match at 197 pounds.

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 22, #11 Minnesota 15
Records: U-M (4-2, 3-0 Big Ten), UMN (7-4, 2-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 24 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 7 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan wrestling team kept on fighting until the end, winning four of the final five bouts, to claim a 22-15 comeback win over No. 11 Minnesota on "Queen Day" Sunday afternoon (Jan. 19) in front of 2,764 fans at Crisler Center. The Wolverines won six bouts in all, earning bonus points in two, to secure their third straight Big Ten Conference dual win.

The Golden Gophers took a 12-6 lead into the intermission break, after earning bonus points in each of the preceding two bouts. After the break, junior/sophomore Jelani Embree, ranked 17th in the latest InterMat poll at 184 pounds, took advantage of a second life -- a last-second Minnesota takedown was waved off in the third period -- to win in overtime, defeating 15th-ranked Owen Webster, 3-1, and swing some momentum back in the Wolverines' favor. Embree, who just missed on a leg attack late in the second, wrapped up Webster in a bodylock and, after missing on an inside trip, dropped him to the mat.

Fifth-year senior Jackson Striggow, a Minnesota native, won a crucial swing match at 197 pounds, earning a 6-4 decision over Hunter Ritter to even the team score, 12-12, with Michigan strongly favored in two of the final three bouts. After a scoreless first period, Striggow finished on a pair of takedowns in the second and added a reversal midway through the third.

Sophomore Mason Parris and sophomore/freshman Joey Silva earned bonus at heavyweight at 133 pounds, respectively, to slam the door on the Golden Gophers. Parris, ranked No. 2 nationally, secured his third straight pin -- and seventh of the season -- at the 3:55 mark against Garrett Joles. Parris scored five takedowns and transitioned right to a half off the fifth to put Joles on his back midway through the second period. Parris improved to 19-0 on the season.

Silva also stayed unbeaten with an 11-3 major decision against Brent Jones to clinch the dual victory in the final bout. Silva scored four takedowns, including two in the first period, and added points in the third for illegal-hold penalty, an escape and 1:24 in riding-time advantage. He is 3-0 since making his season debut last week.

Michigan earned two wins over the first half of the dual with senior/junior Kanen Storr and sophomore/freshman Will Lewan securing back-to-back decisions at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. Both broke through after scoreless first periods. Storr scored a quick reversal in the second and followed with four takedowns -- two apiece in the second and third -- and rode for 1:14 to beat Jake Bergelend, 11-4. Lewan used double underhooks and a trip to score the winning takedown early in the third period in a 4-2 win against Ryan Thomas. He rode for much of the third period to accumulate 1:02 in time advantage.

The Wolverines will hit the road next weekend for the first time this season in dual competition. Michigan will face Northwestern at 7 p.m. CST on Friday (Jan. 24) in Evanston, Illinois, before traveling south for a 1 p.m. CST slate against Illinois on Sunday (Jan. 26) in Champaign.

Michigan 22, No. 11 Minnesota 15
141: No.5 Mitch McKee dec. (8-5) over Cole Mattin (Minnesota leads 3-0)
149: No.12 Kanen Storr dec. (11-4) over Jake Bergeland (Tied 3-3)
157: No.9 Will Lewan dec. (4-2) Ryan Thomas (Michigan leads 6-3) 
165: Bailee O’Reilly major dec. (17-8) over Tyler Meisinger (Minnesota leads 7-6) 
174: No.7 Devin Skatzka tech. fall (17-2) over Max Maylor (Minnesota leads 12-6)
184: No.16 Jelani Embree SV1 (3-1) No.18 Owen Webster (Minnesota leads 12-9)
197: Jackson Striggow dec. (6-4) over Hunter Ritter (Tied 12-12)
285: No.2 Mason Parris fall (3:55) Garrett Joles (Michigan leads 18-12)
125: No.14 Pat McKee SV1 (4-2) over Jack Medley (Michigan leads 18-15)
133: Joey Silva major dec. (11-3) Brent Jones (Michigan wins 22-15)

Minnesota press release
● The Minnesota Wrestling program fell 22-15 to the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan
● Minnesota recorded four individual victories on the afternoon
● Pat McKee, Mitch McKee, Bailee O’Reilly, and Devin Skatzka went undefeated on the weekend trip to Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MI. - The Minnesota Wrestling program fell 22-15 to the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

With the dual beginning at 141-pounds, senior captain Mitch McKee got the Gophers on the board first with an 8-5 decision. The Minnesota native recorded all four takedowns in the bout.

After dropping the bouts at 149 and 157-pounds, Bailee O’Reilly got the Gophers back on track with a 17-8 major decision at 165-pounds. O’Reilly put on takedown clinic with six in the bout and his final one sealed the four team-points to give Minnesota the lead.

Back in his home state Devin Skatzka took home the 17-2 technical fall victory over Max Maylor to send Maroon and Gold into intermission leading 12-6. The victory gave Skatzka two Big Ten victories to bring his career total up to 101.
Patrick McKee recorded his sixth straight victory when he secured a takedown on the edge in sudden victory.

All four individual Gophers who recorded victories on Sunday afternoon also won on Friday and improved to 2-0 on the weekend.

Out of the six Gophers losses, three came by a two-point margin. Both Ryan Thomas and Hunter Ritter narrowly missed victories while Owen Webster was taken down in sudden victory.

Quotable

“We knew we had to have a couple guys step up with some others out, but we still think we should’ve had this victory on the road,” - Head Coach Brandon Eggum

Next Up
Minnesota returns home to face the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 26 at Maturi Pavilion. The squad hits the road again on Super Bowl weekend to take on both the Indiana Hoosiers and the Purdue Boilermakers.