NCAA Wrestling is back! With an abbreviated season that will not count against the athlete’s eligibility, the college dual meet season is underway. The third-ranked University of Michigan, whose Regional Training Center won the RTC freestyle duals last month, head into the folkstyle season looking to win their first NCAA team championship. The Wolverines kicked off the year in two dual meets over the weekend against Big Ten foes.
On Friday night, Head Coach Sean Bormet’s Wolverine squad traveled to New Jersey to take on the 15th-ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Michigan defeated Rutgers 26–10. Freshman 125 lbs. Dylan Ragusin, fresh off a Junior National Freestyle Championship and a runner-up finish at the Senior level, pinned Nicolas Aguilar in 1:01. At 133 lbs, 12th ranked Jack Medley won by decision. The Wolverines won four matches in a row from 149-174 as #6 Kanen Store, #9 Will Lewan, #17 Cameron Amine, and #2 Logan Massa collected victories. 2nd ranked heavyweight Mason Parris closed the night with a major decision over Christian Colucci.
— Michigan Wrestling (@umichwrestling) January 9, 2021
The Scarlet Knights won three matches, lead by #1 ranked Sebastian Rivera, who picked up a major decision win over #20 Drew Mattin. Rivera, a transfer from Northwestern, is a 3x Big Ten Champion and 2x-All-American and was the number one seed in the 2020 NCAA Championships before the tournament was canceled. John Poznanski (184 lbs) and Billy Janzer (#20 197) scored victories for the Knights.
On Sunday, the Michigan squad traveled to College Park to face the Maryland Terrapins. The Wolverines won nine of ten matches defeating Maryland 38–3. With bonus-point victories from Ragusin, Lewan, Amine, and Massa, the Wolverine squad remained perfect in the season. Kyle Cochran was the lone Maryland wrestler to score a win, defeating Joseph Walker 3–2. Mason Parris closed out the weekend with a fall in 1:39 over Bryan Bowes.
Michigan faces Big Ten for Indiana on Sunday at the Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor.
In other Big Ten action, the 5th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers downed the 12th ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers 22-14. Gopher stand-out Gable Steveson secured a 23-8 technical fall over Christian Lane.
Quick and easy.
— Minnesota Wrestling (@GopherWrestling) January 9, 2021
Steveson and Parris’s rematch is one of the most hotly anticipated matches of the season. Steveson defeated Parris 8-6 in the Big Ten finals last year. However, Parris shown marked improvement this fall after winning the Senior National Championship.