Micic, Amine win double meet debut as UM modified event, Arizona State Split
// Lea Howard
The Michigan No.3 has split four games with the Arizona State No.6 in a COVID-modified duel in Austin, Texas.
»Olympians Stevan Micic (141 pounds) and Myles Amine (184) have scored victories in their doubles debut. It was Micic’s first collegiate appearance since the 2019 NCAA Championships.
Amine beat Josh Nummer, 17-2, with four strikeouts and eight points back to move to 5-0 this season.
Site: Austin, TX (JW Marriott)
Event: # 3 Michigan vs. # 6 Arizona State
Goal: No team score
Next Unified Messaging Event: Friday, Jan. 14 – at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 7 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas – The No.3-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team split four games evenly, 2-2, against No.6 Arizona State in a modified double event on Monday evening (January 3) at JW Marriott after COVID-19 developments and protocols shelved the majority of the Sun Devil lineup.
With only four fights, the duel fell below the match threshold for team score and a team result, but all individual matches were official and will count towards each wrestler’s season record.
Wolverines have won games against their two Tokyo Olympians, graduate students Stevan Micic and Myles Amine, at 141 and 184 pounds, respectively. Both made their dual season debuts.
Micic, ranked third in the latest InterMat poll, won an 8-6 decision over Julian Chlebove in his first collegiate fight since the 2019 NCAA Championships – and his first at 141 pounds. Micic finished on three strikeouts, including two in the first half, to build up an early lead, but Chlebove rushed for a strikeout in the middle of the third to cut Micic’s driving time and reduce the final score.
Amine, ranked second at 184 pounds, managed a 17-2 technical drop to Josh Nummer in the last fight of the night. He scored four strikeouts – two each in the first and second periods – and got eight points off, ending the fight with a four-point turk at the 4:28 mark. Amine, who won the Matmen Open title in her debut last week, has improved to 5-0 this season.
Arizona State won the first two games of the event. Fifth year senior Jack medley, ranked 19th by InterMat, lost a 5-4 decision to fourth-ranked Brandon Courtney at 125 pounds. Courtney scored two takedowns in the first period, and although Medley came close to a point with a late stall call in the third, he couldn’t get over the early deficit.
Second year / first year student Dylan ragusin, ranked eighth nationally, fell in the 133-pound marquee game, 10-0, to fourth-placed Michael McGee. After a pair of first bursts in the first period, McGee controlled most of the fight with three strikeouts and a pair of back runs.
Michigan (3-0) will resume their double-game roster in two weeks on Friday, January 14, when they face rival Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Opening the Wolverines’ Big Ten conference, the duel is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Covelli Center and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Individual rankings by InterMat
125 – # 4 Brandon Courtney (ASU) Dec. # 19 Jack medley, 5-4
133 – No. 4 Michael McGee (ASU) major Dec. # 8 Dylan ragusin, 10-0
141 – # 3 Stevan Micic (UM) Dec. Julien Chlebove, 8-6
184 – # 2 Myles Amine (UM) technology. Fall Josh Nummer, 17-2 (4:28)