Maryland Set for Duals at #16 Michigan, Michigan State

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MARYLAND (2-7, 0-2 B1G)
Maryland vs. Michigan
MICHIGAN (3-2, 0-2 B1G)
Jan. 13, 2017 || Ann Arbor, Mich. || 7:00 pm
MARYLAND (2-6, 0-2 B1G)
Michigan vs. Navy
MICH. STATE (2-5, 0-3 B1G)
Jan. 15, 2017 || East Lansing, Mich. || 1:00 pm

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland (2-7, 0-2 B1G) will head west for a pair of Big Ten road duals January 13 and 15 when the team faces #16 Michigan (3-2, 0-2 B1G) and Michigan State (2-5, 0-2 B1G).

The Terps will first face Michigan on Friday evening at 7 p.m., looking to rebound after dropping a pair of team decisions on Sunday vs. Illinois and Navy. The Wolverines secured a 33-6 team decision when these teams met last season in College Park.

Maryland sealed its first-ever Big Ten win as members of the conference when the squad hosted Michigan State last year, winning seven matches en route to a 26-10 victory.  Both matches will be streamed live on BTN Plus 


A Look at the WOLVERINES

  • Michigan has wrestled a fierce schedule of duals up to this point, with four of its five opponents ranking inside the top-25. The Wolverines knocked of Virginia, #17 Oklahoma and #24 Oregon State to start the year, but was tripped up by No. 18 Minnesota and No. 3 Iowa in its past two duals.
  • Michigan currently has four grapplers ranked inside the top-25 in the latest InterMat Wrestling Individual Rankings, with a talented young core leading the way. Redshirt freshman Logan Massa has burst onto the scene in his first collegiate dual season, sporting a 16-0 record while nailing down the nation’s #2 ranking at 165.
  • Fellow redshirt freshman #8 Stevan Micic (133) and #8 Myles Amine (174) are also inside the top-10, while veteran #10 Brian Murphy anchors the lineup at 157 pounds. 
  • Michigan Probables
    • 125 R-Fr. Austin Assad (8-5)
    • 133 R-Fr. #8 Stevan Micic (11-3)
    • 141 R-Fr. Sal Profaci (8-6)
    • 149 R-So. Zac Hall (8-5)
    • 157 Sr. #10 Brian Murphy (5-4)
    • 165 R-Fr. #2 Logan Massa (16-0)
    • 174 R-Jr. #8 Myles Amine (5-1)
    • 184 R-Jr. Ernest Battaglia (1-5)
    • 197 R-Fr. Jackson Striggow (4-7)
    • Hwt Fr. Dan Perry (2-7) or R-Fr. Kostya Golobokov (4-6)



  • The Terps will be neck-and-neck with Michigan State when the teams meet on Sunday, with the Spartans looking for their first Big Ten win when they start the weekend vs. Northwestern on January 13.
  • After winning its first two duals, MSU entered a five-match skid which included a 44-0 defeat to #3 Iowa on January 8 and a narrow 20-17 loss to #18 Minnesota on December 9.
  • 19th-ranked Javier Gasca (141) is the lone Spartan in the InterMat rankings, sporting a 17-5 record on the season. It will very much be a new look for the Terps when they meet MSU this season, with only three wrestlers (Simmons, Bannister & Hemida) who competed in the dual last season projected to go on Sunday.  
  • Michigan State Probables
    • 125 Logan Griffin R-FR (14-7) –OR– Mitch Rogaliner R-JR (10-8)
    • 133 Austin Eicher R-SO (14-9)
    • 141 #19 Javier Gasca R-JR (17-5)
    • 149 Nick Trimble R-SR (11-6)
    • 157 Austin Thompson R-SO (17-9)
    • 165 Drew Hughes FR (17-3)
    • 174 Drew Barnes R-SR (6-8) –OR– Logan Ritchie R-FR (3-6)
    • 184 Shwan Shadaia R-SO (6-9) –OR– Wesley Maskill R-SO (7-9)
    • 197 Matt Okaiye R-SO (5-6)
    • 285 Jacob Cooper SO (9-12)



  • Freshman Brandon Cray continues to show positive signs in his first collegiate season, as the two-time New Jersey High School State Champion won the F&M open title at 125 pounds on January 7.
  • Cray’s day started with a pair of bonus point victories in the opening rounds, taking out Aaron Burkett (Lehigh) by fall (5:19) and Evan Quinn (Campbell) by major decision (12-4). Cray then bested Devin Schnupp (Penn State) to advance to the semifinals, where he wrestled his closest match of the day against Charles Lenox (NC State).
  • Cray and Lenox had to go to overtime to decide a winner, where Cray came up with a clutch takedown to tally the 3-1 sudden victory decision. The Steinert, N.J. native then met Gage Curry of American in the final, where he came up with a 5-3 decision to claim his first career collegiate tournament title.
  • Cray has now placed in three tournaments during his redshirt season for Maryland, and moves to 14-4 on the year.


midlands rewind

  • Redshirt sophomore Alfred Bannister (149) led the Terps at the 54th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships December 29-30 with an eighth place finish in the 149-pound bracket.
  • Bannister totaled five wins at Midlands, which included a two bonus point victories and a pair of wins in tiebreaker.
  • Maryland was 17th overall in the team standings, with the team accounting for nine bonus point victories during the two-day tourney. 
  • Redshirt senior Billy Rappo surprised some folks in the early rounds of the Midlands Championships, knocking off two seeded opponents in his season debut at 133 pounds.
  • Rappo’s opening bout was one of the most exciting of the day in front of a large crowd at Welsh-Ryan Arena, coming back to defeat sixth-seeded Tyson Dippery (Rutgers). After going down 4-2, Rappo scrambled from the top position in the second period to put Dippery in a cradle and eventually on his back for an upset pin (4:17).
  • The Holland, Pa. native then went to work on 11th-seeded Scott Delvecchio, clinching an 8-3 decision. Rappo finished the tournament 2-2 overall. 


next up

  • Maryland will be back home for a dual vs. Purdue on January 20, before facing Ohio State at Good Counsel High School on January 22.