HAMPTON, Va. -- The University of Michigan wrestling team used a dramatic late comeback, winning its final four matches, to knock off Bucknell, 21-15, to cap the first day of competition at the 30th annual Virginia Duals on Friday (Jan. 8) at the Hampton Coliseum. The Wolverines posted a 1-1 record on the day, falling to No. 23-ranked Virginia, 23-10, in the opening round and will square off against Clarion at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 8) in continued wrestleback action. Michigan won six individual matches against the Bison and swept the upperweights to rally from a nine-point deficit. Junior/sophomore Justin Zeerip (Fremont, Mich./Hesperia HS) initiated the rally at 174 pounds, using a ride out in the third tiebreaker to beat 17th-ranked Shane Riccio, 2-1, in a 13-minute marathon match. The two wrestlers traded escapes during regulation before trading ride outs in the first and second tiebreakers. Starting the third tiebreaker down, Zeerip scooted out after 13 seconds to gain the advantage and held Riccio down for the final 30-second frame to end the bout. It was Zeerip's second win over a nationally-ranked opponent this season. At 184 pounds, sophomore/freshman Hunter Collins (Gilroy, Calif./Gilroy HS) used a dramatic third-period surge against the Bisons' Rob Waltko, culminating with a pin at the 6:47 mark, to even the dual meet at 15 points apiece. Collins trailed by one entering the third period after giving up a pair of takedowns in the first period. He took his first lead midway through the third when Waltko tried to come up from bottom on a restart, and the Wolverine caught him and forced him to his back for three. Collins accumulated his riding time before turking Waltko's bottom leg and crossfacing him to his back, sticking the Bison wrestler with 13 seconds remaining on the scoreclock. Senior/junior captain Anthony Biondo (Clinton Twp., Mich./Chippewa Valley HS) used a pair of reversals -- in the first and third periods -- and two second-period back points to roll past Jay Hahn, 7-4, in the 197-pound contest. Biondo, ranked ninth in the latest InterMat poll, accumulated 3:08 of time advantage, riding the entirety of the second frame. When Hahn tried to come up in the middle period, the Wolverine muscled him back down and straight to his back for a quick two count. Biondo gave up a late reversal in the closing seconds of the bout to narrow the score but held on for the win. With the match on the line, sophomore/freshman heavyweight Ben Apland (Downers Grove South HS) persevered through a wild third period to defeat Joe McMullan, 7-3, and seal up the Wolverines' victory. Apland held a one-point edge entering the final frame when the McMullan hit him with a merkle for two back points. The Bison wrestler tried it again, and Apland reversed the position, put McMullan on his back for two points of his own and settled back on top to ride out the period. Bucknell won four of the opening six weight classes to establish its significant lead. Freshman Sean Boyle (Lowell, Mass./Blair Academy) claimed the Wolverines' lone win at the lowerweights with a 6-2 decision against Derrick Russell at 125 pounds. He scored out of scrambles in the first and second periods and built up 2:20 in riding-time advantage to provide his team the dual's first lead. Junior/sophomore Dave Johnson (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) battled to a 9-7 decision over Brantley Hooks in the 157-pound bout, rallying from an early deficit to cut the Wolverines' deficit to six points at the dual's midway point. After Hooks converted on a pair of first-period takedowns, Johnson used a two-point tilt early in the second to knot up the score. The wrestlers traded escapes before Johnson scrambled out of a third-period shot to take his first lead. Hooks reversed the position in the waning moments but, with Johnson holding riding-time advantage, cut the Wolverine loose as they ended the bout on their feet. The Wolverines claimed three individual victories against Virginia in the opening round of the Virginia Duals. Biondo was the lone Wolverine wrestler to win both of his individual matches. He used a second-period surge to claim a 7-4 decision against 16th-ranked Brent Jones at 197 pounds. After a scoreless opening frame, which featured several flurries initiated by both wrestlers, Biondo earned a quick escape and converted on a single leg on a late restart to claim the first advantage. The Wolverine captain added another takedown out of a third-period scramble and, despite giving up a couple late scores, held on for his 20th win of the season. Sophomore captain Zac Stevens (Monroe, Mich./Monroe HS) picked up a bonus point at 133 pounds, giving Michigan the temporary advantage with a 12-4 major decision against the Cavaliers' Matt Cubillos. The Wolverine captain converted on five takedowns, using schucks and snap downs to secure two apiece in the second and third periods while accumulating 3:20 in time advantage. Senior/junior Aaron Hynes (Mt. Morris, Mich./Flint Kearsley HS) rode out the second half of his 165-pound contest against Michael Chaires to rally back from an early deficit and edge past the Cavalier wrestler, 4-3, on riding time. Chaires held a three-point advantage after the first period after striking on an early takedown and securing a point on a technical violation for scissors around the head, but Hynes controlled the latter two frames, scoring on a quick escape and single leg in the second before accumulating 2:29 in time advantage to ice the match. Michigan came close in several other tightly contested bouts but could not capitalize on early or late surges. After giving up an early first-period takedown, Boyle knotted up the 125-pound contest with a second-period ride out and quick escape in the third, but Virginia's Ross Gitomer exploded on a double leg with just seven seconds remaining on the clock to take the match 4-2. Senior/junior Erich Smith (Ishpeming, Mich./Woodland HS) held the early advantage against 19th-ranked Mike Salopek at 184 pounds, converting on takedowns in the first and second periods, but the Cavalier wrestler responded with a pair of takedowns of his own and 1:08 in riding-time advantage en route to an 8-5 decision. Apland controlled riding time in the heavyweight bout, accumulating 1:08 of time advantage, but came out on the wrong end of a couple flurries as Jack Danilkowicz countered Apland's shots to score takedowns in the first and third periods and seal up a 5-2 decision. #23 Virginia 23, Michigan 10 125 -- Ross Gitomer (UVA) dec. Sean Boyle, 4-2 UVA, 3-0 133 -- Zac Stevens (U-M) major dec. Matt Cubillos, 12-4 U-M, 4-3 141 -- Derek Valenti (UVA) dec. Mark Weber, 5-0 UVA, 6-4 149 -- Kellon Balum (UVA) major dec. Mark Boyer, 13-3 UVA, 10-4 157 -- #18 Danny Gonsor (UVA) major dec. Dave Johnson, 14-3 UVA, 14-4 165 -- Aaron Hynes (U-M) dec. Michael Chaires, 4-3 UVA, 14-7 174 -- #4 Chris Henrich (UVA) dec. Justin Zeerip, 6-1 UVA, 17-7 184 -- #19 Mike Salopek (UVA) dec. Erich Smith, 8-5 UVA 20-7 197 -- #9 Anthony Biondo (U-M) dec. #16 Brent Jones, 7-4 UVA, 20-10 Hwt -- Jack Danilkowicz (UVA) dec. Ben Apland, 5-2 UVA, 23-10 Michigan 21, Bucknell 15 125 -- Sean Boyle (U-M) dec. Derrick Russell, 6-2 U-M, 3-0 133 -- #18 David Marble (BU) dec. Zac Stevens, 10-6 Tie, 3-3 141 -- John Regan (BU) dec. Mark Weber, 6-0 BU, 6-3 149 -- #7 Kevin LeValley (BU) pinned Mark Boyer, 3:32 BU, 12-3 157 -- Dave Johnson (U-M) dec. Brantley Hooks, 9-7 BU, 12-6 165 -- Corey Lear (BU) dec. Aaron Hynes, 4-0 BU, 15-6 174 -- Justin Zeerip (U-M) dec. #17 Shane Riccio, 2-1 TB3 BU, 15-9 184 -- Hunter Collins (U-M) pinned Rob Waltko, 6:47 Tie, 15-15 197 -- Anthony Biondo (U-M) dec. Jay Hahn, 7-4 U-M, 18-15 Hwt -- Ben Apland (U-M) dec. Joe McMullan, 7-3 U-M, 21-15Del.icio.us | Email | Print



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