No. 6 MSU prepares for Arch-Rival;
Spartans set to take on No. 12 Michigan
Wed., Jan. 29 MICHIGAN JENISON FIELD HOUSE 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 1 at Purdue W. Lafayette, IN 12:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 1 at Illinois Champaign, IL 7:30 p.m.
The Michigan State University wrestling team, ranked No. 6 by the Amateur Wrestling
News, will host arch-rival University of Michigan (ranked 12th) on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at
7:30 p.m. in Jenison Field House. The Spartans will then head to No. 21 Purdue and No. 5
Illinois for a pair of conference duals on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Wolverines come into Wednesday's match on the heels of a 19-18 defeat of
Northwestern on Jan. 25. The match started a streak during which Michigan will face
eight straight Big Ten opponents, leading up to the Big Ten Champ ionships in March.
Michigan has three All-Americans of their own, who hope to counter the Spartans'
talented trio of David Morgan (Jr., Ferndale), Erich Harvey (Sr., Allegan), and Brian
Picklo (Sr., Saginaw): Bill Lacure, No. 3 at 150; Jeff Catrabone, No. 4 at 167; and
Airron Richardson, No. 6 at heavyweight. MSU defeated U-M 20-18 last season in Ann
Arbor, but the Wolverines have won the last six matches at Jenison Field House, their
last loss in East Lansing coming during the 1982-83 season.
University of Michigan Probable Starters
(MSU's probables are listed on the weekly scoreboard)
118 - Chris Viola (So., 15-5)
126 - Matt Warner (Fr., 13-9) or Jon Newsom (Sr., 6-7)
134 - Corey Grant (So., 17-9)
142 - Gyhandi Hill (Fr., 3-3) or Luiey Haddad (Fr., 12-8)
150 - No. 3 Bill Lacure (Jr., 19-4)
158 - Erick Olson (Fr., 21-10)
167 - No. 4 Jeff Catrabone (Jr., 21-1)
177 - Joe DeGain (Fr., 4-15)
190 - Frank Lodeserto (So., 11-10)
HWT - No. 6 Airron Richardson (Jr., 18-3)
The Michigan State wrestlers dropped a tough 17-16 dual meet to Big Ten foe Northwestern
on Jan. 26. The match started well for MSU, with David Morgan (Jr., Ferndale) getting a
major decision at 118 pounds. Issac Miller (So., Flint) fo llowed suit at 134, winning
3-1 in overtime. Northwestern then won the next three matches to grab a 13-7 lead. Ralph
Conte (Sr., Cleveland, OH) at 167, Brian Picklo (Sr.,Saginaw) at 190, and Marco Sanchez
(Jr., Brooklyn, NY) at heavyweight then took three of the last four matches from the
Wildcats, but it was too little, too late for the Spartans as Northwestern held on for
the victory. The loss dropped State to 6-6 overall, 1-4 against Big Ten opponents.
Northwestern 17, MSU 16
118 lbs. No. 3 David Morgan (MSU) maj.dec. Dominic Caruso (NU)13-3
126 lbs. Micah Hey (NU) dec. Jason Nusbaum (MSU) 9-3
134 lbs. Issac Miller (MSU) dec. Malik Elliott (NU) 3-1 OT
142 lbs. Will Reisman (NU) maj. dec. Sam Hakim (MSU) 10-0
150 lbs. Drew Pariano (NU) dec. Adam Elderkin (MSU) 13-7
158 lbs. Kurt Hudson (NU) dec. Greg DeGrand (MSU) 5-4
167 lbs. Ralph Conte (MSU) dec. Chris Roberts (NU) 9-6
177 lbs. Joel Goeden (NU) maj. dec. Nick Muzashvili (MSU) 15-4
190 lbs. No 4. Brian Picklo (MSU) dec. No. 11 Sam Neider (NU) 3-2
275 lbs. Marco Sanchez (MSU) dec. Brian Laughlin (NU) 7-6
For the first time ever, Michigan State will send three wrestlers to the USAIR/NWCA
All-Star meet at Clarion (Pa.) University. The Feb. 3 dual meet pits the top wrestlers
in the nation against one another in what could be a pre view of the NCAA Championships
in March. MSU had two wrestlers in the meet in 1995: eventual NCAA Champion Kelvin
Jackson at 118, and Emilio Collins at 190. The Spartans will be represented this year by
All-Americans David Morgan, No. 3 at 118; Erich Harvey, No. 3 at 177; and Brian Picklo,
No. 4 at 190. All three are making their initial appearances in the all-star meet. Says
Coach Minkel, "This meet feature the top 20 wrestlers in the country, so to have three
in that group reflects on the program and is a credit to how hard these guys work. It's
a prestigious selection, and I'm extremely happy for them."
MSU ON TV
Selected Michigan State dual meets will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by PASS
Sports this season. The next televised event will be highlights from the National Dual
Championships on Monday, Feb. 3 at midnight.
The latest Amateur Wrestling News rankings are available on the Internet at
http://www.intermatwrestle.com. Michigan State is No. 6 in the current team poll, while
on the individual side Morgan is No. 3 at 118, Harvey No.3 at 177, and Picklo No. 4 at
190. In the Wrestling Institute Newsmagazine rankings, Morgan is No. 2, Harvey No. 4,
and Picklo No. 5.
"I'm pretty confident the team can bounce back (from the Northwestern loss) for the
meets we have this week. The Michigan dual is always an important meet, so we'll have no
problem getting up for that one. The key will be or under classmen against theirs. We're
strong at 118, 177, and 190, and they're strong at 150, 167, and heavyweight, so the
other four matches should really be a factor."
On Purdue and Illinois on the same day: "At the National Team Duals we wrestled six
meets in one day, and we go there with the idea of conditioning ourselves for this level
of competition. It will be important for us to stay focused match-by-match th roughout