ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan wrestling team won early and late but was unable to capitalize on several swing matches in a 29-9 loss at No. 3 Ohio State on Friday evening (Feb. 5) at St. John Arena. The Wolverines earned wins from their co-captains -- sophomore Zac Stevens (Monroe, Mich./Monroe HS) and senior/junior Anthony Biondo (Clinton Twp., Mich./Chippewa Valley HS) -- at 133 and 197 pounds, respectively, as well as sophomore/freshman heavyweight Ben Apland (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South HS). Ohio State racked up big points early, earning bonus points in three of the opening four bouts. The two teams split the toss-up matches at the opening weights with OSU gaining the advantage for the remainder of the bout with a third-period pin at 125 pounds. Freshman Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) carried a narrow one-point advantage into the third period against 20th-ranked Nikko Triggas after earning a pair of reversals and a penalty point in a wild second period. Triggas started the final frame on top and used a bar with a figure-four headlock to force the Wolverine to his back at the 5:57 mark. Stevens won forMichigan at 133 pounds, rallying from an early deficit to claim a 6-5 decision against Ian Paddock. After the Buckeye wrestler gained the initial on an early single leg, Stevens controlled the remainder of the scoring, converting on reversals in the first and third periods and adding a second-period takedown. Paddock shot deep on a low single late in the third period, but Stevens neutralized the position to hold on for his first Big Ten win of the season. Ohio State added nine team points with a technical fall and major decision at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively, and dealt Michigan a heartbreaker just prior to the intermission break, claiming a narrow decision victory at 157 pounds. With the score knotted up and junior/sophomore Dave Johnson (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) riding tough in the third period, the Wolverine wrestler looked poised to send his match with Tony Jameson into overtime. Jameson surged after a late injury timeout, however, scoring a reversal to take the lead before adding a two-point near fall in the closing seconds to lock up a 7-3 decision. The Buckeyes continued their momentum after the break, claiming three straight wins -- two with bonus points -- to clinch the dual victory. Biondo halted the OSU run with a decisive 6-1 win over C.J. Magrum at 197 pounds. The Wolverine captain, ranked ninth in the latest InterMat poll, struck on takedowns in the first and second periods, countering a sloppy Buckeye shot on the latter while accumulating 3:40 in riding-time advantage. Biondo continued to push the pace in the third but could not score again, holding steady for his team-leading 27th win of the season. Apland capped the dual meet with a big win over Ohio State veteran Corey Morrison, persevering through a back-and-forth heavyweight bout to win 10-8. The Wolverine rookie struck early and late in the match, claiming the initial lead on a quick first-period double leg before rallying back with the winning takedown in the closing seconds of the third. Apland fought off several OSU attacks in the latter two periods, giving up one with 36 seconds on the clock to sacrifice his one-point lead. He escaped to even the score and took advantage of a sloppy Morrison shot off a late restart to counter for the decisive score with 11 ticks remaining. Match Score 125 -- #20 Nikko Triggas (OSU) pinned Sean Boyle, 5:57 OSU, 6-0 133 -- Zac Stevens (U-M) dec. Ian Paddock, 6-5 OSU, 6-3 141 -- #2 Reece Humphrey (OSU) tech. fall Mark Weber, 25-9 OSU, 11-3 149 -- #2 Lance Palmer (OSU) major dec. Mark Boyer, 20-7 OSU, 15-3 157 -- Tony Jameson (OSU) dec. Dave Johnson, 7-3 OSU, 18-3 165 -- #6 Colt Sponseller (OSU) major dec. Aaron Hynes, 20-8 OSU, 22-3 174 -- #12 Dave Rella (OSU) dec. Justin Zeerip, 6-1 OSU, 25-3 184 -- #7 Mike Pucillo (OSU) major dec. Hunter Collins, 17-7 OSU, 29-3 197 -- #9 Anthony Biondo (U-M) dec. C.J. Magrum, 6-1 OSU, 29-6 Hwt -- Ben Apland (U-M) dec. Corey Morrison, 10-8 OSU, 29-9Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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