Michigan started off strong with sophomore, Drew Mattin, successfully winning the 133 weight class match against OSU freshman, Malik Heinselman. Mattin won 12-6 with four total takedowns. Next, undefeated Wolverine, number one in the country, Stevan Micic went against Luke Pletcher, who was ranked number six. Micic started dominating Pletcher right away to prove that he was not ranked number one for no reason. Micic easily won 14-1 pushing the Wolverines above the Buckeyes early on in the match. Ohio State did not let this big lead hold for long though, as their next two players both took their Wolverine competitors down.
After intermission, Michigan was only ahead by one point. Alec Pantaleo upset OSU’s sixth ranked Ke-shawn Hayes with a 3-2 win. Pantaleo recently just returned back into the line-up after being ill all last semester and has won three out of his last four matches against higher ranked opponents. Logan Massa and Myles Amine continued to add to the Wolverines points by defeating both of their opponents. Massa beat his opponent 7-2 with a two minute and ten second riding time. Amine’s opponent was not as easy. Amine versused Ethan Smith and held the match even at 2-2 until a third period take down led him to a victorious 3-2.
Before the final round, the Buckeyes were in the lead by one. The determining factor on who won this overall match relied on the next heavyweight competition between Mason Parris and OSU’s nineteenth ranked, Chase Singletary. Parris got takedowns in the second and third period which lead to the 6-3 decision over Singletary and raised the Wolverines 19-17 over the Buckeyes. Michigan gave OSU their first loss of the season and remains undefeated. This Friday, the Wolverines head to Penn State to verse the number one ranked Cougars. Hopefully, they can continue off this momentum to take down another highly ranked opponent in their home.
Written by: Vanessa Litchard