Michigan newcomers shine in season-opening rout at Columbia
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team earned victories from five newcomers and scored bonus points in four bouts en route to dominant 33-6 win over Columbia in its season dual debut Friday night (Nov. 17) at Schiller Court at Levien Gymnasium.
Graduate students Michael DeAugustino, Shane Griffith and Lucas Davison were victorious in their Michigan debuts, while freshmen Sergio Lemley and Dylan Gilcher won in their collegiate dual debuts.
The Wolverines earned three straight bonus wins to all but clinch the dual victory at the middleweights. Graduate student Will Lewan, ranked sixth at 157 pounds, keyed the scoring surge with a 20-3 technical fall over Jaden Le, scoring five takedowns -- three in the first period -- before ending the bout with a four-point leg turk at the 4:38 mark.
Fifth-year senior Cameron Amine and Griffith followed with major decisions at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Amine, ranked third nationally, also scored five takedowns and added a reversal in the third to beat Andrew Garr, 18-6. Griffith, ranked third, won 10-0 over Garrett Bilgrav behind two takedowns, two back points on a third-period arm bar and 2:06 in riding-time advantage.
Davison, ranked third at heavyweight, also ended the dual with big points, rolling to 19-2 technical fall over Vincent Mueller in the final bout. Davison scored two takedowns in the first period then broke it open with a 10-point second, highlighted by a four-point bow and arrow on the edge. He ended the bout with another double leg at the 5:32 mark early in the third.
DeAugustino also won in his Maize and Blue debut to kick off the dual, beating 21st-ranked Nick Babin, 8-1, at 125 pounds. DeAugustino, ranked eighth nationally, scored a takedown in the first period before reversing Babin to his back to break it open in the second.
Columbia earned its lone win with an injury default in a scoreless match at 133 pounds, tying the dual 6-6 before the Wolverines claimed the final eight bouts.
Lemley and Gilcher, both unranked just two weeks into their collegiate careers, earned ranked wins in back-to-back bouts at 141 and 149 pounds. Lemley defeated 33rd-ranked Kai Owen, 3-1, on a third-period reversal and rideout; he finished with 2:42 in time advantage. Gilcher won a wild one, weathering early pressure to defeat 19th-ranked Richard Fedalen, 4-1, in sudden victory for his first collegiate win. Gilcher scrambled out of two rear-standing positions in overtime and converted the latter into a single-leg takedown for the winning points with nine seconds left on the clock.
Senior/junior Jaden Bullock and fifth-year senior Bobby Striggow also earned consecutive ranked wins at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively, after both missing nearly all of last season with injuries. Bullock defeated 30th-ranked Aaron Ayzerov, 9-5, with takedowns in the first and second periods and 2:13 in riding time. Striggow edged 28th-ranked Jack Wehmeyer, 5-4, with a late takedown and rideout in the second period. Wehmeyer evened the score with a third-period takedown but Striggow escaped and fought off another late shot at the buzzer to seal the win.
The Wolverines (1-0) will head south to Lawrence Township, N.J., to wrap up the weekend road trip against Rider on Sunday (Nov. 19). The dual is slated for 2 p.m. start at the Broncs' Alumni Gymnasium and action will be streamed live on ESPN+.
125 -- #8 Michael DeAugustino (U-M) dec. #21 Nick Babin, 8-1 -- U-M, 3-0
133 -- #11 Angelo Rini (CU) injury def. #7 Chris Cannon, 2:00 -- CU, 6-3
141 -- Sergio Lemley (U-M) dec. #33 Kai Owen, 3-1 -- Tied, 6-6
149 -- Dylan Gilcher (U-M) dec. #19 Richard Fedalen, 4-1 SV -- U-M, 9-6
157 -- #6 Will Lewan (U-M) tech. fall Jaden Le, 20-3 (4:38) -- U-M, 14-6
165 -- #3 Cameron Amine (U-M) major dec. Andrew Garr, 18-6 -- U-M, 18-6
174 -- #4 Shane Griffth (U-M) major dec. Garrett Bilgrav, 10-0 -- U-M, 22-6
184 -- Jaden Bullock (U-M) dec. #30 Aaron Ayzerov, 9-5 -- U-M, 25-6
197 -- Bobby Striggow (U-M) dec. #28 Jack Wehmeyer, 6-5 -- U-M, 28-6
Hwt -- #3 Lucas Davison (U-M) tech. fall Vincent Mueler, 19-2 (5:23) -- U-M, 33-6