Michigan wins 8 bouts, cruises to victory at Stanford

11/18/2012
University of Michigan Sports Information

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team wrapped up its West Coast road trip in decisive fashion, claiming eight matches, including each of the first seven, to earn a 26-6 victory against Stanford on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 18) at the Cardinal's Burnham Pavilion.

The Wolverines earned a pair of bonus points, including a 16-6 major decision from sophomore/freshman Camryn Jackson (Lansing, Mich./Eastern HS) at the dual's opening weight of 141 pounds. Jackson converted on six takedowns, including three in the opening frame, and a second-period reversal and accumulated 4:03 in riding-time advantage to defeat Josh Lauderdale and improve to 5-0 on the season.

Senior/junior Eric Grajales (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) and junior/sophomore Jake Salazar (Midway, Utah/Wasatch HS) bounced back from disappointing Friday losses to earn back-to-back decisions at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. Grajales, ranked 11th, took advantage of a high-scoring third period to defeat Timmy Boone, 13-6, in the former. He scored a first-period takedown and second-period reversal to build an early advantage and converted on three more attacks in the final frame to seal the match.

After a scoreless first period at 157 pounds, Salazar broke open his match against Kyle Meyer in the second, earning a quick escape before taking Meyer down and turning him for three points. The Wolverine wrestler added another takedown in the third to claim an 8-2 decision.

Freshman Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) rolled to an 11-5 decision against Bret Baumbach at 165 pounds, scoring on four takedowns -- two apiece in the first and third periods -- and accumulating 3:02 in riding-time advantage. He gave up a reversal midway through the third period but escaped quickly and converted on another late leg attack to finish the match on top.

Senior/junior captain Dan Yates (Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia HS) earned Michigan's other bonus win at 174 pounds, posting a dominant 18-5 major decision against Thomas Kimbrell to remain unbeaten on the season. The Wolverine captain, ranked 14th, jumped out to a big lead with a pair of first-period takedowns and late three-point leg turk before adding three more takedowns in the third and building 3:54 in time advantage. He is 5-0 in duals with five bonus victories.

Freshman Jordan Thomas (Gowen, Mich./Greenville HS) and junior/sophomore Max Huntley (Emerald Isle, N.C./Blair Academy) earned back-to-back decisions after the intermission break to extend the Wolverines' advantage to 23-0. Thomas used three takedowns and 2:31 in riding time to cruise past Alen Yen, 7-2, at 184 pounds, while 20th-ranked Huntley scored on two takedowns -- one apiece in the first and third periods -- and secured a three-point tilt in the first to defeat Michael Sojka, 9-2, at 197 pounds.

With the Michigan victory already in hand, the Cardinal claimed two of the final three matches to narrow the final margin. Senior/junior Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy), ranked 14th, secured a 7-2 decision against Evan Silver at 125 pounds, scoring on three takedowns, including two in the first period, and a second-period escape. It was Silver's first dual loss of the season.

The Wolverines will take a two-week break before heading to Las Vegas, Nev., for the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Competition is slated to begin at 9 a.m. PST each day.

Results:
141 -- Camryn Jackson (U-M) major dec. Josh Lauderdale, 16-6 U-M, 4-0
149 -- #11 Eric Grajales (U-M) dec. Timmy Boone, 13-6 U-M, 7-0
157 -- Jake Salazar (U-M) dec. Kyle Meyer, 8-2 U-M, 10-0
165 -- #10 Taylor Massa (U-M) dec. Bret Baumbach, 11-5 U-M, 13-0
174 -- #14 Dan Yates (U-M) major dec. Thomas Kimbrell, 18-5 U-M, 17-0
184 -- Jordan Thomas (U-M) dec. Alan Yen, 7-2 U-M, 20-0
197 -- #20 Max Huntley (U-M) dec. Michael Sojka, 9-2 U-M, 23-0
Hwt -- Dan Scherer (Stanford) dec. Justin Dozier, 3-2 U-M, 23-3
125 -- #14 Sean Boyle (U-M) dec. Evan Silver, 7-2 U-M, 26-3
133 -- Peter Russo (Stanford) dec. #19 Rossi Bruno, 9-4 SV U-M, 26-6

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