Jan. 30, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A short-handed IU Wrestling squad, missing Paul Young from the line-up, fell short in a 23-9 final score to visiting #12 Michigan (9-2, 4-0). No. 20 Indiana's (10-5, 0-4) top dogs did their part, however, as each nationally-ranked Hoosier notched victories.

No. 6 Matt Powless and #14 Ricky Alcala posted identical 9-4 decisions to conclude the match, taking down #11 Anthony Biondo and #8 Ben Apland, respectively. In addition, #15 Kurt Kinser handed Eric Grajales, ranked in several national publications, a 6-4 defeat in the 149-pound bout.

It marked the 30th victory for Powless this season, a total slotted in the top-five in all of Division-I wrestling. Biondo struck first with a takedown early in the opening period for a 2-0 lead. Powless quickly shook it off, however, grasping nine of the next 11 points scored for the 9-4 decision.

Alcala's triumph over Apland made it a pair of W's over top-10 foes in the last two weeks after also defeating Minnesota's Tony Nelson (#7) on Jan. 14. The Bakersfield, Calif., native used an aggressive shooting attack to take down Apland four times in the contest.

Kinser's match was an odd one, meanwhile, with three reversals in the 6-4 final tally. Kinser notched his second one to go ahead 6-4 with less than a minute remaining before Grajales came within inches of tying things up with his second reversal as time expired.

*all rankings based on Intermat's rankings
#20 Indiana 9, #12 Michigan 23
125 lbs.- Sean Boyle (UM) major dec. Justin Brooks (IU), 9-1; Team Score: 0-4
133 lbs.- Zac Stevens (UM) dec. Matt Ortega (IU), 8-5; TS: 0-7
141 lbs- #1 Kellen Russell (UM) major dec. Mitchell Richey (IU), 10-1; TS: 0-11
149 lbs.- #15 Kurt Kinser (IU) dec. Eric Grajales (UM), 6-4; TS: 3-11
157 lbs- #19 Brandon Zeerip (UM) dec. Alex Warren (IU), 7-2; TS: 3-14
165 lbs.- #19 Dan Yates (UM) dec. Ryan LeBlanc (IU), 2-0; TS: 3-17
174 lbs.- Justin Zeerip (UM) dec. Nick Avery (IU), 4-0; TS: 3-20
184 lbs.- Hunter Collins (UM) dec. Eric Cameron (IU), 6-1; TS: 3-23
197 lbs.- #6 Matt Powless (IU) dec. #11 Anthony Biondo (UM), 9-4; TS: 6-23
285 lbs.- #14 Ricky Alcala (IU) dec. #8 Ben Apland (UM), 9-4; TS: 9-23



The Cream and Crimson return to competition Friday, Feb. 4, traveling to Iowa City for a 7 p.m. (central) showdown with the defending national champion Iowa Hawkeyes.