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Tuesday Morning Brews: A study in Maize and Blue

From the rink to the mat, Michigan teams have done well this winter

Michigan v Oregon Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. We have another four-pack of non-rev. content for you this morning as several winter seasons come to a close. Up first we check in with hockey, fresh off their series sweep of Arizona State. We also check in with softball, women’s basketball, and wrestling this morning.

Let’s get to it:

Michigan hockey finished its regular season on a high note, sweeping Arizona State behind a pair of 5-3 wins. On Friday, Arizona State opened the scoring before Michigan scored the next four. ASU added a second goal late in the second before the teams traded goals in the third. On Saturday, Michigan scored the first four before ASU found the net for the first time. After the Wolverines surrendered a pair of goals in the second, the teams again traded goals in the third. Mel Pearson’s squad finished the season with a record of 18-13-3 (11-10-3) and on a winning streak of five games. They’ll open the Big Ten Tournament on Friday with the first game of a series against Wisconsin, against whom Michigan had a 1-2-1 record during the regular season.

Michigan Softball went 3-2 on the weekend, splitting games against Virginia Tech and Texas. Michigan also won its sole game against Wichita State. On Friday, Michigan opened with a win against Virginia Tech, 2-0, before losing to Texas 0-3. On Saturday, the Wolverines opened with an extra-innings loss to Virginia Tech, 0-1, before beating Wichita State 11-0 in a run-rule shortened game. On Sunday, Michigan won its only game of the day, topping Texas 4-0. Carol Hutchins’ squad now has an 8-6 record on the season. They’ll be back in action in the Judi Garman Classic starting this Thursday.

Women’s basketball won their final game of the season this past Thursday, besting No. 13 Maryland by the score of 71-65. The Wolverines were led by Katelynn Flaherty and Akienreh Johnson, who each had 17 pts. Nicole Munger had 15 pts. on the evening and Hallie Thome contributed 13 pts. to the effort. Michigan finished the regular season with a record of 21-8 (10-6), good enough for the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines’ first game will be against Illinois or Penn State, and will take place late Thursday evening.

Michigan wrestling finished its regular season with a win, topping No. 20 Central Michigan 30-9 in their meet this past Sunday. The Wolverines won seven matches on the day, which propelled them to their comfortable margin of victory. The win gave Michigan an 11-3 (7-2) record on the regular season. The Big Ten Tournament will begin on Saturday in East Lansing. All 10 of Michigan’s wrestlers are ranked in their respective weight classes coming into the conference tournament. Adam Coon leads the way as the top-ranked heavyweight, while six of the 10 are ranked within the top-10 for their weight.