Team Travels to Northern Iowa
Sat, Dec. 7 at N. Iowa Open, Cedar Falls, Iowa all day
The third-ranked Michigan State wrestling team travels to Cedar Falls on Dec. 7th to compete in the Northern Iowa Open. At last year's event, Erich Harvey (Sr., Allegan, MI), and Brian Picklo (Sr., Saginaw, MI) took first place honors, and are back to defend their titles.
The Spartan wrestling team opened competition this weekend, hosting the Michigan Open Tournament. Over 250 wrestlers competed in the two-day open format tournament.
As usual, David Morgan (Sr., Ferndale, MI) was a standout for MSU, pinning Brian Baughman of Ohio State at the 5:13 mark of the final match to win his second straight 118 pound crown. Morgan finished the tournament 5-0, tying the tournament record with four pins, and earning Outstanding Wrestler honors. Isaac Miller (Jr., Flint, MI) captured the 134-pound division, defeating Corey Grant of the University of Michigan, 4-3, in the final. Miller also finished the weekend 5-0. At 190 pounds, All-American Picklo successfully defended his Michigan Open championship, downing Anthony Gary of Ohio State, 5-4, in the final. Picklo was the third Spartan to gain five victories for the tournament.
Chad Bailey (Sr., Levittown, PA) came in second at 158 pounds, losing a tough 7-5 overtime decision. No. 1-ranked Harvey finished second at 177 pounds, but his three tournament victories give him 113 for his career, seven short of the Michigan State record.Pat McNamara (Fr., Jordan, MN) grabbed fourth place at 126 pounds, as did Greg DeGrand (So., Ann Arbor, MI) at 158 pounds, and Nick Muzashvili (Fr., Unadilla, NY) at 190 pounds. Ending up fifth for the Sparatans were James Brimm (Fr., Evansville, IN) at 177 pounds, and Marco Sanchez (Jr., Brooklyn, NY) at 275 pounds. Also, Michigan State volunteer assistant coach Doug Chapman Won the 275 pound division, up-ending Airron Richardson of U of M, 5-4, in the final. There were no team scores kept.