Michigan closes out dual slate with shutout win at Central Michigan

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team pitched a shutout in its dual-meet finale, rolling to a dominant 39-0 win at in-state foe Central Michigan on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 25) at the Chippewas' McGuirk Arena. U-M claimed bonus points in six bouts, including each of the first four.

It was the Wolverines' first shutout win since defeating CSU Bakersfield 36-0 on the road last season.

Michigan claimed four straight bonus wins, including three technical falls, to set a dominant tone in the dual. Sophomore/freshman Nolan Wertanen stepped into the lineup and earned a bonus for the second straight dual with a 16-1 tech against Sean Spidle at 125 pounds. Wertanen scored three takedowns and six back points -- on a two-point suck back and four-point tilt in the first period. He ended the bout with a go behind at the 3:28 mark.

Senior/junior Dylan Ragusin, ranked fifth at 133 pounds, also used a big first period en route to a 13-4 major decision against Vince Perez. He scored on three single-leg takedowns and a throw by in the opening frame. Ragusin improved to 22-1 on the season and finished with an 8-1 dual record.

Freshman Sergio Lemley, ranked 10th nationally, rallied from an early deficit to beat Jimmy Nugent 28-10 at 141 pounds. He spotted Nugent six quick points on a single leg and three-point tilt but answered quickly with two takedowns to even the score after the first. He scored two takedowns and a four-point leg turk in each of the second and third periods to end the match early at 4:48.

Graduate student Austin Gomez, ranked fifth at 149 pounds, also rolled to tech fall in the next match, beating Trenton Wachter 21-6 with seven takedowns -- three in the first period and two apiece in the second and third. He scored several single-leg attacks off underhooks and snap downs, then transitioned a single to double to end the match at the 6:01 mark.

Michigan claimed back-to-back overtime wins at 157 and 165 pounds. Graduate student Will Lewan, ranked 15th at 157, edged 26th-ranked Johnny Lovett 2-2 on five seconds of riding time in the tiebreaker, while fifth-year senior Cameron Amine, ranked 10th at 165, finished on a sudden-victory single leg earned a 4-1 decision against Tyler Swiderski.

Senior/junior Joseph Walker earned his second dual win at 174 pounds with a 4-1 decision against Chandler Amaker at 174 pounds. Walker scored the winning takedown at the second-period buzzer, shooting in on a single leg before circling around to finish with just :01 on the clock. He added an escape in the third and scooted out of a deep CMU single leg to hang on for the win.

Senior/junior Jaden Bullock, ranked 18th nationally, cruised to a 15-4 major decision against Adrien Cramer at 184 pounds. Bullock scored two takedowns apiece in the first and third periods, finishing on a double leg on the edge late in the waning seconds of the bout to secure the bonus win. He also added a late stall point and rode for 1:22.

Graduate student Bobby Striggow earned an 8-1 major decision against Cameron Wood at 197 pounds in his first collegiate dual, scoring on a double leg in the first, riding for nearly the entire second period and icing the bout with a single leg late in the third. He accumulated 1:34 in time advantage.

Graduate student Lucas Davison, ranked sixth at heavyweight, put an exclamation point on the shutout win with a 16-3 major decision against Bryan Caves in the final bout. Davison, also in his final collegiate dual, built a big early lead with two first-period takeowns, including a feet-to-back throw from double under for seven points, then added a second-period single and a reversal and 4:02 in riding time in the third.

The Wolverines will have two weeks to prepare for the 2024 Big Ten Championships, slated for Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, in College Park, Md. Action will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday at XFINITY Center.

125 -- Nolan Wertanen (U-M) tech. fall Sean Spidle, 16-1 (3:28) -- U-M, 5-0
133 -- #5 Dylan Ragusin (U-M) major dec. Vince Perez, 13-4 -- U-M, 9-0
141 -- #10 Sergio Lemley (U-M) tech. fall Jimmy Nugent, 28-10 (4:48) -- U-M, 14-0
149 -- #5 Austin Gomez (U-M) tech. fall Trenton Wachter, 21-6 (6:01) -- U-M, 19-0
157 -- #15 Will Lewan (U-M) dec. #26 Johnny Lovett, 2-2 TB -- U-M, 22-0
165 -- #10 Cameron Amine (U-M) dec. Tyler Swiderski, 4-1 SV -- U-M, 25-0
174 -- Joseph Walker (U-M) dec. Chandler Amaker, 4-1 -- U-M, 28-0
184 -- #18 Jaden Bullock (U-M) major dec. Adrien Cramer, 15-4 -- U-M, 32-0
197 -- Bobby Striggow (U-M) dec. Cameron Wood, 8-1 -- U-M, 35-0
Hwt -- #6 Lucas Davison (U-M) major dec. Bryan Caves, 16-3 -- U-M, 39-0