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No. 4 Michigan defeats No. 16 Minnesota, 20-14

by Leah Howard, Michigan Athletics

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team claimed four of the last five bouts to wrap up its homestand with a gritty, and at times chippy, 20-14 win over No. 16 Minnesota on Friday evening (Jan. 28) in front of 3,152 fans at Crisler Center.

The Wolverines took the first bouts, including a major decision from graduate student Nick Suriano at 125 pounds in one of the dual's three top-10 matchups, but trailed at the intermission after three straight Minnesota wins. Michigan (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) responded with four consecutive wins of its own at the upperweights to clinch the dual victory at 197 pounds.

Suriano, ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds, rolled to a 14-6 major decision over ninth-ranked Patrick McKee in the opening bout for his second top-10 win in three matches. He finished on six takedowns, including three in the first period, and sealed the bonus with a big third-period double leg and rideout. He finished with 2:37 in riding-time advantage. Suriano improved to 6-0 on the season with five bonus wins.

Sophomore/freshman Dylan Ragusin, ranked eighth at 133 pounds, rallied twice -- early and late -- to edge Jake Gliva 6-5 in the subsequent bout. Ragusin scored takedowns in the first and third periods. After giving up a takedown late in the second and an escape early in the third to trail by one, Ragusin finished on a single leg of his own midway through the third period and rode out the match to hang onto a one-point decision.

Minnesota (3-4, 2-3 Big Ten) took a 10-7 lead into intermission, but junior/sophomore Cameron Amine, ranked 12th at 165 pounds, again knotted up the team score with a 6-1 decision against Cael Carlson coming out of the break. Amine scored the bulk of his points on a feet-to-back single leg in the last 10 seconds of the first period, earning two for the takedown and two back points.

Graduate student Logan Massa, ranked sixth at 174 pounds, rallied from an initial deficit to beat 20th-ranked Bailee O'Reilly 7-4 and retake the lead for Michigan. Massa could not finish on several early leg attacks, giving up a counter takedown off a scramble in the first, but made an adjustment on his finish to secure takedowns in the second and third and earn 1:33 in riding-time advantage.

Graduate student Myles Amine, ranked second at 184 pounds, used five takedowns to earn bonus points with a 12-4 major decision against Sam Skillings. Amine finished on two takedowns apiece in the first and third periods and secured the major-decision margin with a snap and go behind in the final 20 seconds of the bout. He accumulated 2:39 in riding-time advantage.

Graduate student Patrick Brucki, ranked sixth, clinched the dual win with an 8-2 decision over Michial Foy at 197 pounds -- his second win over the Gopher wrestler this season. Brucki converted on three takedowns, a double leg in each period, and rode for 2:56.

Michigan will wrap the weekend on the road when it takes on Maryland at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 30) at XFINITY Center Pavilion in College Park, Md. The dual will be streamed live on B1G+.

No. 4 Michigan 20, No. 16 Minnesota 14

Individual rankings by InterMat

125 -- #1 Nick Suriano (U-M) major dec. #9 Patrick McKee, 14-6 -- U-M, 4-0

133 -- #8 Dylan Ragusin (U-M) dec. #26 Jake Gliva, 6-5 -- U-M, 7-0

141 -- #15 Jake Bergeland (UMN) dec. #4 Stevan Micic, 5-2 -- U-M, 7-3

149 -- #25 Michael Blockhus (UMN) major dec. Pat Nolan, 15-4-- Tied, 7-7

157 -- #4 Brayton Lee (UMN) dec. #14 Will Lewan, 5-4 -- UMN, 10-7

165 -- #12 Cameron Amine (U-M) dec. Cael Carlson, 6-1 -- Tied, 10-10

174 -- #6 Logan Massa (U-M) dec. #20 Bailee O'Reilly, 7-4 -- U-M, 13-10

184 -- #2 Myles Amine (U-M) major dec. Sam Skillings, 12-4 -- U-M, 17-10

197 -- #6 Patrick Brucki (U-M) dec. #30 Michial Foy, 8-2 -- U-M, 20-10

Hwt -- #1 Gable Steveson (UMN) major dec. #4 Mason Parris, 18-8 -- U-M, 20-14