Andy Simmons, like his brother, will have left his mark on MSU's record books when his five years in East Lansing are said and done. Andy reached the 100-win plateau at the 2006 NCAA Championships, and needs just 19 victories to be among the top three all time at Michigan State in wins. He can also reach the top 10 in NCAA victories with just two at this years NCAA Championships at the Palace of Auburn Hills
2006 NCAA Championships: Claimed All-America honors for the second-straight season with a fifth-place finish, going 4-2 for the tournament...Pinned his first opponent, Brad Forbes of Bloomsburg and shut out Northern Iowa's C.J. Ettleson in his second-round bout, 6-0...Notched his 100th career win by sudden victory against Michigan's Josh Churella, 4-2, to secure All-American placing and reach the semifinals...It was the first time in his collegiate career he had defeated Churella...Fell to eventual national champion Nate Gallick of Iowa State, and then to Northwestern's Ryan Lang, before dropping West Virginia's Brandon Rader by major decision, 11-2, in the fifth-place match.
2006 Big Ten Championships: Won his first Big Ten title by claiming an 8-2 decision over Northwestern's Ryan Lang in the finals...Defeated Ohio State's T.J. Enright in the first round by major decision, 8-0...Dropped Minnesota's Manuel Rivera, 9-4, in the quarterfinals and Iowa's Alex Tsirtsis, 6-2, to move to the finals. Both wrestlers were ranked in the top 15 in the nation.
2005-06: Finished the season ranked fifth in the nation with a 36-6 record, setting a career high for wins...Finished the dual-meet season and the Big Ten season with the best winning percentages of his career...Claimed tournament championships at both the EMU Open and the Nittany Lion Open...Runner-up at the Michigan State Open...Dropped Oklahoma State's Daniel Frishkorn in a dual Nov. 27, 7-1, after being forced to injury default against him in the 2005 NCAA consolation semifinals...Finished second at the Midlands Championships, falling for the second-consecutive year in the finals to Iowa State's Nate Gallick. Both matches went to the second round of sudden victory...Led the team in technical falls with three and major decisions with 11. Also tied with his brother Nick for the team lead in victories, and finished second to him in shutouts with eight...Also ranked second only to his brother Nick in dual-meet points, with 40...Went 7-1 in Big Ten duals...Avenged an early-season loss to Northwestern's Ryan Lang by pinning him in a dual meet Feb. 10.
2005 NCAA Championships: Captured All-American honors for the first time in his career, finishing sixth...Defeated his opening round opponent, Myron Drayton of Delaware State, by major decision, 11-2...Moved on to the quarterfinals by knocking off Pennsylvania's Doug McGraw, 6-1...Recorded a fall over third-place finisher Cory Cooperman of Cornell in the quarterfinals...Lost to national runner-up Nate Gallick in the semifinals, 2-0...Was forced to injury default his final two matches with a knee injury.
2005 Big Ten Championships: Took second place, improving five positions on his 2004 finish...Defeated No. 15 DeWitt Driscoll of Penn State in the quarterfinals, 6-1...Notched a major-decision victory, 15-6, over No. 13 Ryan Lang in the semifinals...Fell to No. 3 Josh Churella, 2-1, in the finals.
2004-05: Took the tournament championship at the Muskegon Open, MSU Open and the North Carolina Open...Defeated then-No. 7 Ron Tarquinio of Pittsburgh, 6-2, in the finals of the MSU Open...Defeated seven ranked wrestlers...Runner-up at the Midlands Championships, losing to No. 1 Nate Gallick of Iowa State by sudden victory, 4-2, in the finals...Finished first on the team in falls with 11...Second on the team in shutout victories with eight, trailing only his brother Nick...Started the season with a 20-match winning streak...Tied his brother for the team-lead in victories with 32...A team captain.
2003-04: Named the team's most outstanding wrestler with a record of 33-11...Took fifth place at the MSU Open, winning by pin twice...Won first-ever dual match against Oklahoma State's Ronnie Delk...Went a perfect 5-0 at the North Carolina Open taking first place...Finished 6-2 at the Midlands taking fourth place...Pinned NCAA runner-up Dylan Long of Northern Iowa to move into the consolation finals at the Midlands...Only loss in Big Ten Dual competition came to NCAA Champion Cliff Moore from Iowa...Competed in the prestigious NWCA All-Star Classic...Finished seventh in the Big Ten tournament...Had a 3-2 record at the NCAA Championships coming just one match from placing in the top eight.
2002-03: Redshirted...Went 11-3 at 141 wrestling unattached...Finished fourth at the Eastern Michigan Open...Took sixth place at Junior World Freestyle Championships competing at 66 kg/145.5 pounds...Helped lead the U.S. Junior Freestyle Team to a sixth-place finish..Went 3-1 at world championships, defeating Latvia's Salvis Pudovs, 15-5, New Zealand's Scott MacGregor, 10-0 and Macedonia's Goran Atanosa, 10-0...Lost 3-8 to Iran's Abbas Rangbar.
Prep: Undefeated record of 219-0, one of the best records in the history of high school wrestling...Became just the eighth wrestler in Michigan history to win four state championships...National and Michigan record holder for consecutive victories (219)...Went 57-0 his senior year and was named Lansing State Journal's Wrestler of the Year...Four-time Junior National All-American...Four-year letterwinner and three-time captain...Led team to a No. 1 state ranking four years in a row.
Personal: Born 4/14/84...Son of Scott and Debi Simmons...Brother, Nick, is also on the wrestling team...Lists father as his biggest wrestling influence.
SIMMONS' CAREER RECORD Season Overall Duals Big Ten Pins 2002-03* 11-3 0-0 0-0 7 2003-04 33-11 11-3 7-1 5 2004-05 32-6 8-2 8-2 11 2005-06 36-6 11-2 11-2 3 Totals 101-23 30-7 26-5 19
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