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Wolverines Bounce Back with Lopsided Road Win at No. 24 Rutgers

Wolverines Bounce Back with Lopsided Road Win at No. 24 Rutgers

1/22/2023 5:02:00 PM

// Leah Howard

» No. 3 Michigan claimed seven of 10 matches to earn a 24-9 win at No. 24 Rutgers and bounce back from its first dual loss of the season.
» Dylan Ragusin (133 pounds) and Matt Finesilver (184) earned ranked wins against No. 17 Joe Heilmann and No. 13 Brian Soldano, respectively.
» Mason Parris (Hwt) pinned John O’Donnell at 2:44 for his 10th fall of the season and eighth in the first period; he improved to 19-0.

Site: Piscataway, NJ (Jersey Mike’s Arena)
Score: #3 Michigan 24, #24 Rutgers 9
Records: UM (8-1, 3-1 Big Ten), RU (9-4, 1-3 Big Ten)
Next UM Event: Friday, Jan. 27- vs. Ohio State (Crisler Center), 6 pm (Tickets)

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team bounced back from its first dual loss with a decisive win at No. 24 Rutgers, winning seven of 10 matches en route to a 24-9 victory on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 22) at the Scarlet Knights’ Jersey Mike’s Arena.

After trading matches at the lowerweights, the Wolverines won five in a row in the middle to clinch the dual win. Dylan Ragusin and Matt Finesilver Earned ranked wins at 133 and 184 pounds, respectively, while Mason Parris put an exclamation point on the dual with a first-period fall at heavyweight.

The opening three bouts all featured ranked matchups, and Rutgers claimed two of them — at 125 and 141 pounds — by matching 3-1 margins on single takedown apiece. Ragusin, ranked 12th at 133 pounds, earned a gritty 2-0 decision over 17th-ranked Joe Heilmann with a second-period escape and a big third-period rideout to earn 1:22 in time advantage.

Fidel Mayora kicked off the Wolverine surge with a 7-3 decision over Anthony White in a swing match at 149 pounds. He scored on three head-in-the-hole takedowns, earning one per period, including the final one with 25 seconds in the third to finish the match on top. It was Mayora’s first official win of the season; he previously earned an exhibition win at Cal State Bakersfield (Jan. 8). He missed most of last season with injury.

Will Lewanranked 10th at 157 pounds, used a second-period single leg to defeat Andrew Clark 3-1 before the intermission break, while Cameron Amine, ranked fifth at 165 pounds, resumed action with a 10-4 decision over Connor O’Neill. Amine finished on four takedowns — and just missed on two more and first- and second-period buzzers — and accumulated 1:39 in riding-time advantage.

Riding time made the difference in Max Maylor‘s 5-4 decision against former All-American Jackson Turley at 174 pounds. Maylor scored on an early single leg in the first period and built up nearly two minutes of time advantage. Turley took a temporary lead on the scoreboard with a second-period takedown before Maylor earned his escape to even it at 5-5 in the third. Neither wrestler scored out of two extended scrambles in the final frame as Maylor held onto his 1:35 riding time to secure the key swing-match win.

Finesilver, ranked ninth, picked up a solid 7-2 win over 13th-ranked Brian Soldano at 184 pounds on two takedowns and a 1:09 riding time. He scored on ankle picks in the first and second periods and rode out both frames.

After a close Rutgers win at 197 pounds, Parris ended the dual less than three minutes later, earning a first-period fall against John O’Donnell in the final bout at heavyweight. Parris, ranked second nationally and soon to be No. 1, led 10-3 at the time of the fall after four takedowns — two in the opening 20 seconds — and a two-point leg turk. He transitioned to an arm bar for a four count and the fall at 2:44. It was his 10th pin of the season and eighth in the first period; he improved to 19-0.

Michigan (8-1, 3-1 Big Ten) will head home for a pair of Big Ten duals next weekend. UM will host rival Ohio State for its Blue Out the Buckeyes dual at 6 pm Friday (Jan. 27) at Crisler Center before welcoming Maryland at noon on Sunday (Jan. 29) at Cliff Keen Arena. Tickets are available for both contests through the UM Ticket Office.

No. 3 Michigan 24, No. 24 Rutgers 9

Individual rankings by InterMat

125 — #11 Dean Peterson (RU) dec. #23 Jack Medley3-1 — RU, 3-0
133 — #12 Dylan Ragusin (UM) dec. #17 Joe Heilmann, 2-0 — tied, 3-3
141 — #17 Joey Olivieri (UM) dec. #23 Cole Mattin3-1 — RU, 6-3
149 — Fidel Mayora (UM) dec. Anthony White, 7-3 — Tied, 6-6
157 — #10 Will Lewan (UM) dec. Andrew Clark, 3-1 — UM, 9-6
165 — #5 Cameron Amine (UM) dec. Connor O’Neill, 10-4 — UM, 12-6
174 — Max Maylor (UM) dec. Jackson Turley, 5-4 — UM, 15-6
184 — #9 Matt Finesilver (UM) dec. #13 Brian Soldano, 7-2 — UM, 18-5
197 — Billy Janzer (RU) dec. Brendin Yatooma3-2 — UM, 18-9
Hwt — #2 Mason Parris (UM) pinned John O’Donnell, 2:44 — UM, 24-9

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