Team Hosts Michigan Open
Nov. 23-24 MICHIGAN OPEN TOURNAMENT Jenison Field House 9/10 a.m.
No. 3 Michigan State University wrestling team will host the Michigan Open Tournament this Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24, at Jenison Field House, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. The event is expected to attract over 300 wrestler from all over the nation.
MSU began its season on Sunday, Nov. 17, with the annual Green and White Meet at Jenison Field House. The Green Team, coached by head coach Tom Minkel, scored a 23-22 victory over assistant coach Joe Pantaleo's White Team. The Green Team was helped by the presence of three returning All-Americans: David Morgan (Jr., Ferndale), ranked No. 3 nationally at 118 pounds; Chad Bailey (Sr., Levittown, Pa.), ranked No. 8 at 158, and Brian Picklo (Sr., Saginaw), ranked No. 4 at 190. All three recorded wins for the Green. Also winning for the Green team were Pat McNamara (Fr., Jordan, Minn.), Sam Hakim (Fr., Randolph, N.J.), Corey Posey (Fr., Westfield, N.J.), and Brian Dean (Fr., Clio). The Spartans' fourth returning All-American, Erich Harvey (Sr., Allegan), ranked No. 1 in the nation at 177, led the White Team with a 10-0 win. Also coming out on top for the White Team were Issac Miller (So., Flint), Bart Leonard (So., Battle Creek), Chris Tyler (Fr., Lansing), David Hughes (So., Lake Hopatcong, N.J.), Will Hill (Fr. Indianapolis, Ind.) and Marco Sanchez (Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.)
QUOTlNG COACH MINKEL
"Overall, I was very pleased with the Green and White Meet. The quality of competition was as good as we've ever had in an intrasquad scrimmage. Our freshmen looked very good. I was impressed at 126 with both Pat McNamara and Jason Nusbaum, and at 190 with Nick Muzashvili going against Picklo. In general, this was a real good meet for us.
"This weekend will be a solid test for us. This is a very strong tournament, with over 300 wrestlers, including schools such as Ohio State, Michigan and Northwestern. This should be a real good indication as to where we are going into the season."