STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team suffered its first Big Ten Conference dual loss of the season, falling to No. 1 Penn State, 35-7, on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 31) at the Nittany Lions' Rec Hall. The defeat also snapped the Wolverines' recent win streak at seven straight matches.
Not much went Michigan's way in the dual as the Nittany Lions surged out to a big 29-0 lead and U-M was forced to default out of one match and forfeit another. Juniors Domenic Abounaderand Adam Coon earned the lone Wolverine wins at 184 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. Both remain undefeated in dual-meet competition.
Abounader, ranked eighth in the latest InterMat poll, defeated Brian Brill, 9-2, for his eighth straight win, striking immediately on a two-and-two cradle near the edge of the mat. He added a reversal in the second and another takedown in the third and accumulated 3:51 in riding-time advantage. He is 11-0 in duals this season.
Coon, ranked fourth nationally, improved to 12-0 this season with a 15-5 major decision against Jan Johnson at the closing weight. The Wolverine finished on six takedowns, including three in the second period, and also boasted more than three minutes riding-time advantage.
The Nittany Lions opened the dual meet with three straight decision wins at the lowerweights before earning bonus points in back-to-back matches from their top-rated wrestlers at 149 and 157 pounds. Sophomore Garrett Sutton jumped out to an early advantage against 17th-ranked Shakur Rasheed at 165 pounds with a pair of first-period takedowns, but Rasheed stole the lead with a takedown of his own late in the second and gained riding-time advantage in the third to claim a 6-5 decision.
Michigan was dealt a blow at 174 pounds when 13th-ranked sophomore/freshman Davonte Mahomes was forced to injury default out of his bout against No. 1 Bo Nickal. Mahomes, while defending a single leg in the air, came down hard and could not continue, giving PSU another six-point victory.
The Wolverines will stay on the road for a pair of Big Ten duals next weekend. On Friday (Feb. 5), Michigan will travel to College Park, Maryland, to face Maryland at 7 p.m. before closing out the road trip on Sunday (Feb. 7) with a noon slate against Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey.
|125 -- #4 Nico Megaludis (PSU) dec.Conor Youtsey, 10-4||3||0|
|133 -- #5 Jeff Conaway (PSU) dec. #17Rossi Bruno, 9-4||6||0|
|141 -- #14 Jimmy Gulibon (PSU) dec.George Fisher, 9-4||9||0|
|149 --#1 Zain Retherford (PSU) pinned #6 Alec Pantaleo, 6:35||15||0|
|157 -- #1 Jason Nolf (PSU) tech. fall #9Brian Murphy, 22-6 (6:14)||20||0|
|165 -- #17 Shakur Rasheed (PSU) dec.Garrett Sutton, 6-5||23||0|
|174 -- #1 Bo Nickal (PSU) injury def. #13 Davonte Mahomes, 1:24||29||0|
|184 -- #8 Domenic Abounader (U-M) dec. Brian Brill, 9-2||29||3|
|197 -- #1 Morgan McIntosh (PSU) wins by forfeit||35||3|
|Hwt -- #4 Adam Coon (U-M) major dec. Jan Johnson, 15-5||35||7|