DETROIT – The trophy, who finished second, folded and leaned on his leg, Michigan coach Sean Bormett smiled softly, smiled and nodded when asked if Wolverine had a bad taste in his mouth from the NCAA tournament results before answering.
“It’s incredibly special,” Bormet said. “Team 100, these guys and our program, and the trajectory we followed, and how our guys compete, and how they present the program, and even more what kind of students they are athletes and how they perform in in class they are just first class and I am very proud of them ”.
With 95 points on the board at the end of Saturday’s final session on Saturday night, the Michigan wrestling team finished second in the NCAA tournament, surpassing just 131.5 points in Pennsylvania. Wolverines also left Detroit with six Americans and the face of graduate student Nick Surian name at 125 pounds
With a 5-3 win over No. 3 seed Patt Glory of Princeton, Surian, seeded first, won his second NCAA Championship of his career in college wrestling. Not surprisingly, Suriana controlled most of the match, providing a withdrawal and a reversal to bring it out 4-0 in the third period. But by the end of the match Surian did not look as usual dominated, giving two points with a call termination and four warnings.
“I had a great match in terms of sports, but I just didn’t finish it strong,” Suriana said at his post-match press conference. “I could turn around. I could pack this. I said that no way, no way, he can’t beat me. I went too far. But there was a challenge. “
Another No. 1 No. 1 from Michigan, graduate student Miles Amin, also reached the championship bout after barely winning his semifinal bout in a surprise victory. But he failed to secure the title by losing 5-3 to No. 2 seeded Penn State Aaron Brooks in their third game of the season.
After Brooks inflicted Amin’s only defeat in the regular season in January, Amin retaliated with an overtime victory in the Big Ten championship a few weeks ago, but he was unable to return to first place in Detroit. Despite the loss, Amin has established himself in the history of Michigan wrestling, both with his personal awards and his contributions to the team throughout his stay in Ann Arbor.
“Miles is definitely the greatest leader and competitor I’ve had the privilege of coaching,” Bormet said. “(He) is a really special competitor, a really special person. I know it was a tough final match (but) I couldn’t be proud of him and all that he did for us and our program ”.
Three other wrestlers from Michigan competed in the semifinals on Friday night, but all were knocked out in consolation brackets to fight for third place on Saturday.
The 157-pound junior with a red T-shirt and No. 8 under No. 8 Will Leuven missed his first bout in a fight with Iowa No. 1 seed David Carr, but he bounced back to beat Arizona seeded № 3 Arizona’s Gakori Timer 4-2. He won in Detroit for the third time in overtime and finished fifth on the podium.
Graduate student and seeded No. 3 Logan Massa also became the winner of the match for fifth place after losing in his first consolation bout to seeded № 2 of Virginia Tech Mehhi Lewis. Weighing in at 174 pounds for the second time in the tournament, he defeated seeded No. 6 of Oklahoma State Dustin Plot, controlling the entire third period on the road to a 5-1 victory.
“I firmly believe that I had the ability to beat anyone in this group,” Massa said. “However, it didn’t work out in my favor, and that’s okay. I will live, go on, find out what’s next for me and my family. “
Sophomore with a red shirt Cam Amin won his first consolation match against 4th seeded Wisconsin seed Dean Hamiti to reach the match for third place. However, the 165-pound No. 6 seeded failed to beat Evan Wick’s No. 1 Cal Poly, losing 3-2 and finishing fourth.
Senior heavyweight Mason Paris did not make it to the semifinals after a quarterfinal defeat, but eventually finished fifth with an 8-5 victory over No. 9 seeded Northwestern Lucas Davison. Graduate students Stevan Micic weighing 141 pounds and Patrick Brooke weighing 197 pounds, in addition to freshman in a red T-shirt Dylan Ragusin weighing 133 pounds, did not take a place after missing two early fights.
Ultimately, Michigan failed to accomplish everything it wanted in its NCAA tournament this year, returning silver instead of gold. However, the second place marks the first time since 2005, when Wolverine won second place, and Surian’s individual title makes him the first wrestler from Michigan since 2012 to win the NCAA Championship.
So despite the share of frustration, Wolverines have something to celebrate.
And when asked about it, Borme confirmed that celebrating is exactly what they will do.