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No. 3 Michigan wrestling facing massive test vs. No. 7 Ohio State

Next Friday evening, the 3rd-ranked Michigan Wolverines will host the 7th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a top-10 conference dual meet.



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So far during the 2022-23 Michigan wrestling season, the Wolverines have done quite well. Through nine dual meets thus far, Michigan boasts an 8-1 overall record and a 3-1 record in the Big Ten.

Over the weekend, the Wolverines suffered their first loss of the season; a 30-8 blowout at the hands of No. 1 Penn State. On Sunday, Michigan wrestling bounced back with a blowout of their own; this time, the Wolverines cruised past No. 24 Rutgers, 24-9.

Now, Michigan heads into its 10th dual meet of the season against the 7th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten)

Ohio State riding high coming into Ann Arbor

As the Buckeyes enter their meet with Michigan, they are riding a four-meet winning streak that extends back to their 23-12 victory over No. 19 Lehigh. No. 7 Ohio State also boasts impressive victories over No. 8 Virginia Tech (18-13), No. 20 Michigan State, No. 21 Indiana (26-13), and No. 24 Rutgers (27-12).

Most recently, the Buckeyes knocked off unranked Maryland, 38-6 last Friday night. Now, Ohio State will try its luck in Ann Arbor against the 3rd-ranked Michigan Wolverines.

Michigan responds to adversity after Penn State loss

The only way to describe Michigan’s 22-point loss at Penn State last Friday would be “ugly.” After taking the first match, the Wolverines were dominated by the nation’s No. 1 team; this is nothing unexpected considering the competition, but it was still a tough loss.

Penn State has won nine of the past 11 National Championships and is yet to have a close dual meet so far this season. Additionally, the meet was held at the Bryce-Jordan Center in front of 16,000 Penn State wrestling fans.

After Michigan wrestling took home a 30-8 loss at Penn State, the Wolverines managed to bounce back in dominant fashion over a ranked opponent. Michigan made the trip to New Jersey on Sunday, where they faced off against No. 24 Rutgers.

The Wolverines walked off with a head-turning 24-9 win over the Scarlet Knights — a much needed victory before hosting Ohio State next friday.

Who, what, where, and when?

Who: No. 7 Ohio State at No. 3 Michigan

What: A massive top-10 Big Ten wrestling showdown between bitter rivals.

Where: The Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

When: Friday, January 27th at 6:00 PM (EST)

How to watch: Ohio State at Michigan will be aired on the Big Ten Network next Friday.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.