The Wolverine

February 2020*

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TEXAS-SIZED WINS M ichigan fif th-year se - nior Logan Massa, who is taking an Olympic redshirt and will return to the Wol- verines' wrestling lineup next season, entered 2019 Senior Nationals — the larg- est qualifier for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials — as the No. 4 seed at 74 kilograms (163.1 pounds) Dec. 22 in Fort Worth, Texas. He began the tour na- ment with a bang and three straight victories by tech- nical superiority (going up by 10 or more points), and then knocked off the top two seeds via a 15-6 victory in the semifinals and a 6-4 triumph in the finals over 2019 NCAA champion Me- khi Lewis. Lewis had beaten Massa 7-1 a month earlier. Massa also outplaced for- mer U-M teammate and three -time All-Amer ican Alec Pantaleo (eighth) in the same weight class at the event. The performance not only earned Massa a gold medal (and cowboy hat), it guaran- teed him a spot in the 2020 trials for the U.S. Olympic Team, which will be held in April at State College, Pa. After earning a third-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships for his lone All-America honor so far, Massa started the last two years and qualified for na- tionals but has not been able to match his redshirt freshman year success. This p e r fo r m a n c e s h o w s h e could be on track for a big sixth year — and maybe more. PHOTO BY TONY ROTUNDO THE BIG PICTURE

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