Three of the four In-State D1 programs were in action over the weekend. Michigan knocked off Purdue to open the Big Ten season, while CMU took a loss at the hands of Northern Iowa. Meanwhile, EMU went 1-2 at the Pitt Duals, including a barnburner versus North Carolina. Read below to get the notable matchups, as well as the results from Michigan natives who were in action.
#18 MICHIGAN 22, #20 PURDUE 12
The Wolverines opened up the Big Ten dual season with a convincing win over Purdue. After falling behind 6-3 through the first three weights, Michigan strung together five wins in a row and put the dual out of reach. Notable wins for the Maize and Blue included Conor Youtsey defeating NCAA Qualifer Camden Eppert, 7-4, and #7 Dan Yates rolling to a 8-4 decision against Chad Welch, who qualified for NCAA’s a year ago. Adam Coon continued his impressive season with a 14-4 major decision to improve to 21-0 on the year.
#10 NORTHERN IOWA 25, CMU 14
CMU dropped a tough conference dual to the UNI Panthers in Cedar Falls on Saturday. The dual got started with #7 Dylan Peters squeaking by CMU’s #13 Corey Keener, 9-6. Then, at 133, the red-hot #2 Joe Colon knocked off #15 Joe Roth, 7-2. UNI would extend their lead to 15-0 before Luke Smith put the Chipps on the board with a 4-0 decision. At 174, #11 Mike Ottinger continued his stellar season by majoring #16 Cody Caldwell, 11-3. In the end, UNI’s two falls proved to be the difference as they remain the frontrunners in the MAC.
EMU 26, DUKE 10
Eastern Michigan opened up their Sunday venture at the Pitt Duals against Duke. The Eagles won seven weights and completely dominated the Blue Devils from beginning to end. They opened up winning the first three weights and jumping out to a 13-0 lead. At 157, Brandon Zeerip won 9-4 over Immanual Kerr-Brown. Anthony Abro at 197 then knocked off 19th ranked Connor Hartmann in overtime to put an exclamation point on the dual.
NORTH CAROLINA 18, EMU 16
This one got off to a good start for the Eagles as Jared Germaine manhandled #10 Nathan Kraisser, 9-3. The Eagles were then shut out until 157 where Zeerip added his second win of the day. At 184, a pair of NCAA Qualifiers went at it, and EMU’s Phillip Joseph knocked off Alex Utley, 4-1. With UNC holding an 18-12 advantage heading into the final match, Khodor Hoballah needed to get a fall over Bob Coe. Though he came close several times, he couldn’t quite secure the pin, and the 13-0 major decision wasn’t enough for the Eagles to overtake the Tar Heels.
NC STATE 32, EMU 11
This one looked like it was all EMU after the first three weights, as Germaine won by decision, while Vinnie Pizzuto and Nick Barber added major decisions to give EMU an 11-0 advantage. From there it was all Wolfpack, as they won the final seven weights, including two falls and a technical fall. Though EMU threw a couple non-starters into the lineup, it likely would not have made a difference, and put a bitter final touch to an otherwise solid day.
OUT-OF-STATERS IN ACTION
Josh Houldsworth (Columbia/Holly): Won 6-1 over Vincent Grella of Binghamton in dual meet action.
Tim Lambert (Nebraska/Forest Hills Eastern): Took a forfeit against Indiana on Friday, and then scored a 15-3 major over Jeremy Schwartz of Penn in Saturday’s dual.
Andrew Morse (Northern Illinois/Lowell): Fell 4-1 to NCAA Qualifier and conference foe, Spartacus Chino of Ohio.
Matt Frisch (Citadel/Oxford): Followed up a strong showing at the Scuffle by going 2-1 at VA Duals, including a big 6-4 win over Kent State’s Michael DePalma.
Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion/DCC): Won all 3 of his matches at the Virginia Duals by decision. Wins came against Lock Haven, Edinboro, and Arizona State.
Paul Hancock (Army/Fordson): Went 2-1 at the Boston Duals, notching wins over Brown and Harvard. Lone loss came to #10 Nestor Taffur of Boston, 7-3.
Gabe Dean (Cornell/Lowell): Won by tech fall, 20-5, over Zach Diekel of Lehigh in lone dual meet of the week.
Jackson Morse (Illinois/Lowell): In dual meet action versus Ohio State, won 5-2 over Joe Grandominico.
Quean Smith (Iowa State/Highland Park): Scored a huge 13-2 major decision over #14 Ross Larson of Oklahoma for the Cyclones.
WHAT’S COMING UP
Friday, Jan 17: EMU vs. Northern Illinois, 7 pm, Convocation Center
Friday, Jan 17: Michigan at Illinois
Friday, Jan 17: MSU vs. Minnesota, 7 pm, Jenison Fieldhouse
Friday, Jan 17: CMU vs. Ohio, 7 pm, McGuirk Arena
Sunday, Jan 19: EMU at Ohio
Sunday, Jan 19: Michigan vs. Minnesota, 2 pm, Cliff Keen Arena
Sunday, Jan 19: CMU vs. Missouri, 2 pm, McGuirk Arena
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didn't Germaine lose at Midlands? or did he not enter this year?
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Germaine did not wrestle at midlands this year. Just EMU duals and PITT duals so far.