This Sunday, #4 Michigan hosts #11 Oklahoma in what should be a really entertaining dual of matches. Both teams went 3-0 at the Northeast Duals on Sunday and showed why expectations are high this season.
It doesn't take long to realize this website and podcast based out of Michigan contains some serious Michigan bias, but we are also huge Mark Cody fans. Logic tells you it's only a matter of time he gets this program annually in the top tier.
The Sooners pose a serious threat to spoil the home opener for the Wolverines the way the matchups shake out. They are a solid favorite at 133, there are a couple really interesting matches at 165 & 174, and if Brian Murphy is still out with injury at 157 things could go Oklahoma's way. Michigan's heralded top to bottom strength this season should cause the Wolverines to prevail here, but this dual is by no means a walk in the park.
Kevin texted me last night that he is in for Sunday, which is surprising with all he has going on right now. So chances are both Bloodround boys will be in attendance and ready to rock. If you'll be there, let us know. We would love to say hello.
125: #6 Conor Youtsey (M) vs Ryan Milhof (O)
- Youtsey looked strong last week only dropping his controversial match with Zeke Moisey (West Virginia). Youtsey is a strong favorite here, but don't expect bonus points here. Milhof is a sophomore who was a 3-time Georgia state champion.
133: #6 Rossi Bruno (M) vs #1 Cody Brewer (O)
- The highlight match of the dual beyond any doubt is All-American Bruno facing the defending National Champion, Brewer. Brewer is a bonus points machine, but Bruno is off to a good start this season. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
141: George Fisher (M) vs Trae Blackwell (O)
- Fisher would probably be ranked if people weren't expecting a wrestle-off battle with Zac Hall, who is out with injury until December. Blackwell is decent (sophomore who was 14-7 last season), but Fisher should win here.
149: #11 Alec Pantaleo (M) vs #20 Davion Jeffries (O)
- Jeffries is a true freshman out of powerhouse Broken Arrow. He was 3-0 last week with two first period pins earning him his first spot in the rankings. Pantaleo was firing on all cylinders to start the season as well though. He should be too much for Jeffries to handle in his freshman season.
157: #3 Brian Murphy/Jordan Amine (M) vs Brock Wingermuehle (O)
- Murphy is yet to wrestle this season, but we are told he is only banged up. However, there is a large dropoff to Amine if he isn't ready to go. Wingermuehle went 1-2 on Sunday in his freshman campaign and would be a significant underdog to Murphy, but nobody knows who we will see. Probably no reason to risk Murphy here though.
165: #17 Garrett Sutton (M) vs #8 Clark Glass (O)
- This is probably the most even matchup of the dual. With a lot of graduation at 165, Glass moved up the pre-season rankings based on the fact he won three matches at NCAA's last season and had a nice win over Perrotti (Rutgers) last week. It's a true toss-up in my opinion, but I am a homer.
174: #19 Davonte Mahomes (M) vs #14 Matt Reed (O)
- Mahomes has a very disappointing 1-2 day on Sunday. Every season we see some weird November results that we forget by Mid-January so I'm not hitting the panic button as he comes off of injury. However, he'll be tested again here by Reed who had a nice win over Bakuckas (Rutgers). I think Mahomes comes out with a chip on his shoulder this week though.
184: #13 Dominic Abounader (M) vs Joel Dixon (O)
- The defending Big Ten champ is a large favorite here. Joel Dixon is one of the set of triplets that is on the Oklahoma roster. There probably was a lot of broken furniture in this household one could imagine. It'll be a tough task for the freshman 2-time Oklahoma state champ here though.
197: #5 Max Huntley (M) vs Brad Johnson (O)
- Johnson split time over the past couple years for the Sooners to an overall 22-24 record. He will have his hands full here with All-American Huntley.
285: #3 Adam Coon (M) vs #9 Ross Larson (O)
- While this is a top ten matchup, this would be a significant upset if Larson could pull off the win over the National Runner-Up . Larson was the 15 seed at NCAA's last year and went 1-2.
Even if Mahomes continues his struggles and Murphy doesn't wrestle, the Sooners would need another win somewhere and I'm not sure where that would come from. Mark Cody has a solid young team coming off a nice win over Rutgers, but Michigan should be too much for them. The wrestling should not be short on entertainment value though. Six of the ten matches are between ranked opponents. Brewer & Coon are two of the most exciting wrestlers to watch in the country this year. This won't disappoint!
Note: Oklahoma faces Northern Colorado Thursday night. I wanted to post this before hand though, because I didn't know if I would have time to wait. I should be able to make changes if anything significant happens as a result.