Jan. 27, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: No. 18 Michigan 23, No. 23 Northwestern 13
Records: No. 23 Northwestern (6-6 overall, 1-4 B1G), No. 18 Michigan (7-4 overall, 1-3 B1G)
Next NU Event: Friday, Feb. 1 – vs. Purdue – 7 p.m. CT – Welsh-Ryan Arena – Alumni Weekend
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It was a tightly-contested match Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich., with two ties and four lead changes, but No. 23 Northwestern dropped the final three bouts of the dual as No. 18 Michigan took the 23-13 win. NU picked up victories from true freshman Garrison White at 133, sophomore Pat Greco at 141, No. 2 senior Jason Welch at 157 and No. 9 Lee Munster at 174. Michigan won close decisions at 184 and 197 and no match was contested at heavyweight in the Wolverine victory.
Michigan took the 3-0 lead early as No. 14 Sean Boyle recorded the 5-0 decision against true freshman and No. 19 Dominick Malone at 125. NU responded as fellow true freshman Garrison White recorded his second Big Ten win of the weekend and of his career, edging Rosario Bruno, 5-3 at 133. White scored a takedown in the final five seconds to secure the victory.
Pat Greco kept things rolling for NU with a close 6-4 decision over Michigan’s James Hillock. With the score tied 4-4 heading into the third period, Greco recorded an escape and had 1:47 of riding time in the win.
With NU leading 6-3, Michigan tied things up, at 149 as No. 12 Eric Grajales defeated sophomore Dylan Marriott, 8-2. No. 2 Jason Welch put Northwestern back on top once again with the 13-1 major decision over Collin Zeerip at 157. Welch jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first, went up 8-0 after two and scored a takedown, two more nearfall points and had a point for riding time in the win.
Michigan recorded a tech fall at 165 lbs. to go ahead, 11-10, but NU recorded a win at 174 lbs. In a match featuring two top-10 wrestlers, No. 9 Lee Munster edged No. 10 Daniel Yates, 5-4, giving NU the 13-11 cushion with three matches to go.
The fourth and final lead change of the afternoon came at 184 as Michigan’s Christopher Heald defeated NU true freshman Jacob Berkowitz, 6-3, putting the team score at 14-13. At 197, it was another one-point decision that went in favor of Michigan as Max Huntley’s third-period escape was the difference in the 4-3 win over NU’s No. 16 Alex Polizzi.
There was no match at heavyweight as Michigan took the 23-13 win.
NU returns to Welsh-Ryan Arena Friday, Feb. 1, hosting Purdue at 7 p.m. Friday’s match is part of Alumni Weekend for the Wildcats.
No. 18 Michigan 23, No. 23 Northwestern 13
125: #14 Sean Boyle (UM) dec #19 Dominick Malone (NU), 5-0 (3-0 UM)
133: Garrison White (NU) dec Rosario Bruno (UM), 5-3 (3-3)
141: Pat Greco (NU) dec James Hillock (UM), 6-4 (6-3 NU)
149: #12 Eric Grajales (UM) dec Dylan Marriott, 8-2 (6-6)
157: #2 Jason Welch (NU) maj dec Collin Zeerip (UM), 13-1 (10-6 NU)
165: #9 Taylor Massa (UM) tech fall #14 Pierce Harger (NU), 16-0, 5:18 (11-10 UM)
174: #9 Lee Munster (NU) dec #10 Daniel Yates (UM), 5-4 (13-11 NU)
184: Christopher Heald (UM) dec Jacob Berkowitz (NU), 6-3 (14-13 UM)
197: Max Huntley (UM) dec #16 Alex Polizzi (NU), 4-3 (17-13 UM)
Hwt: #20 Ben Apland (UM) wins by forfeit (23-13 UM)
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