ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team closed out the semester in style, rolling to a dominant 48-0 win against Oregon State in the third annual Joe Wells Classic on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 10) in front of a crowd of 1,440 at Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines earned bonus points in seven matches en route to their first shutout win in five seasons.
Michigan earned six-point victories in four bouts — a starting-weight forfeit at 125 pounds and pins from junior/sophomore Sal Profaci, graduate student Kevin Beazley and graduate student Adam Coon. The Wolverines also earned technical falls from junior/sophomore Stevan Micic, junior/sophomore Myles Amine and fifth-year senior Domenic Abounader.
U-M earned big points in each of the opening three bouts, including Micic’s 17-1 technical fall over Kegan Calkins at 133 pounds and Profaci’s second-period fall against Jack Hathaway at 141. Micic, ranked seventh nationally, scored on four takedowns and twice turned Calkins — on a first-period leg turk and third period tilt. The latter ended the bout at the 6:50 mark. Profaci’s pin in the subsequent bout was his first of the season. He wrapped up Hathaway in a nearside cradle midway through the second to earn the fall at 4:10.
The Wolverines’ three decision wins came in succession at the middleweights. Junior/sophomore Malik Amine used a first-period takedown and buzzer-beating reversal to defeat Kurt Mode, 4-2, at 149 pounds, while senior/junior Alec Pantaleo, ranked fourth nationally, rallied from an early deficit to score four takedowns and earn 1:37 in riding-time advantage in a 10-7 decision against Hunter Willits at 157 pounds.
Freshman Reece Hughes was victorious in his collegiate debut at 165 pounds, bumping up a weight class to defeat Billy Bigelow, 5-0. After a scoreless first period, Hughes earned a quick reversal in the second and spent the rest of the bout on top, drawing two stall points and accumulating 3:24 in time advantage.
Myles Amine and Abounader earned back-to-back technical falls at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively. Amine, ranked sixth nationally, blew open his match against Myles Terry in the third period, scoring six points on a feet-to-back double leg before adding three more takedowns, including one with just three seconds remaining, to win, 20-5, after his riding-time point. Abounader, ranked fifth nationally, used two takedowns and three sets of back points to beat Seth McLeod, 18-1. He turned McLeod with a pair of four-point bow and arrows in the second, before reversing him to his back in the third to end the bout at the 5:28 mark.
Michigan ended the dual meet with consecutive pins from Beazley at 197 pounds and Coon at heavyweight. Beazley, ranked 13th nationally, gave up the first takedown against 11th-ranked Corey Griego but rallied with a left-handed headlock, fighting first for the takedown before earning the fall — his fourth of the season — at 2:38 in his Keen Arena debut. Coon, ranked second, secured his sixth fall of the season late in the second period, using a bow and arrow to turn and then pin Cody Crawford at 4:48. Coon improved to 12-0 on the season.
The Wolverines (2-1) will take the next few weeks off for final exams and the holidays before resuming their dual-meet schedule with a road trip to the Hoosier State. U-M will face Indiana at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, in Bloomington, Indiana, before squaring off against Purdue (1 p.m.) and Princeton (3 p.m.) on Sunday, Jan. 7, in West Lafayette, Indiana.
No. 9 Michigan 48, Oregon State 0
Individual rankings by InterMat
125 — No. 10 Drew Mattin (U-M) won by forfeit [U-M, 6-0]
133 — No. 7 Stevan Micic (U-M) tech. fall Kegan Calkins, 17-1 (6:50) [U-M, 11-0]
141 — Sal Profaci (U-M) pinned Jack Hathaway, 4:10) [U-M, 17-0]
149 — Malik Amine (U-M) dec. Kurt Mode, 4-2 [U-M, 20-0]
157 — No. 4 Alec Pantaleo (U-M) dec. Hunter Willits, 10-7 [U-M, 23-0]
165 — Reece Hughes (U-M) dec. Billy Bigelow, 5-0 [U-M, 26-0]
174 — No. 6 Myles Amine (U-M) tech. fall Myles Terry, 20-5 (7:00) [U-M, 31-0]
184 — No. 5 Domenic Abounader (U-M) tech. Seth McLeod, 18-1 (5:25) [U-M, 36-0]
197 — No. 13 Kevin Beazley (U-M) pinned No. 11 Corey Griego, 2:38 [U-M, 42-0]
Hwt — No. 2 Adam Coon (U-M) pinned Cody Crawford, 4:48 [U-M, 48-0]