Wrestling Takes Down Both Bucknell and Lindsey Wilson
Jan. 6, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling defeated both Bucknell and Lindsey Wilson on Saturday afternoon amidst the Spartan Country youth tournament at Jenison Field House. The Spartans (4-3) beat the Bison 28-11 in the first match of the doubleheader and won 28-12 over Lindsey Wilson, while wrestling in conjunction with the 10-mat youth tournament that brought hundreds of young wrestlers together with the collegiate athletes.
"One of our missions here is not only to put forth a good college program on the mat but to also foster youth wrestling and foster the future of college wrestling," head coach Tom Minkel said. "This largely goes back to Coach Chandler and Dave Dean, a former assistant coach here, they have done a marvelous job building youth wrestling in the state of Michigan. And this is what it's all about. There were hundreds and hundreds of young wrestlers here today and a lot of them will aspire to be Spartan wrestlers."
Michigan State dropped the first three matches of the dual against Bucknell, falling behind early 11-0. However, Dan Osterman was able to turn the tide for Michigan State with a fall over Adam Healey at 149 pounds in 0:49, leading to seven straight victories for MSU.
"That was huge," Minkel said of Osterman. "Not only to get the win but to get the fall, then immediately we were back in the dual and got some momentum. It was great timing on his part."
David Cheza won in dominating fashion over Vincent Favia of Bucknell at 157 pounds. Cheza remained a perfect 6-0 in dual matches after a 12-2 major decision. Cheza had four takedowns in the match, added two near fall points and had 4:19 of ride time.
Nick Proctor won a 9-5 decision over Robert Schlitt of Bucknell at 165 pounds and the Spartans took a 19-11 lead after the Bison forfeited the 174 pound match.
John Rizqallah won a narrow 4-2 decision over Robert Marchese at 184 pounds and Luke Jones beat Tyler Lyster at 197 pounds, 3-0
Junior heavyweight Mike McClure picked up a 7-2 decision over Joe Stolfi of Bucknell.
Michigan State struggled early with Lindsey Wilson and the match was tied 12-12 before the 174 pound match. Brandon Fifield picked up a fall at 133 pounds over Leo Hardy in 1:16 after Brenan Lyon was pinned by Ethan Miller of Lindsey Wilson in 3:39.
Roger Wildmo, a redshirt freshman at 149 pounds, picked up his first career dual win with a 5-2 decision over Zach McCormick of Lindsey Wilson.
In a thrilling match at 157 pounds, Ryan Watts defeated Vincent Favia 5-3 in the third tiebreaker. The score was tied 1-1 after regulation and both wrestlers traded escapes before Watts was able to emerge with a takedown late.
John Rizqallah remain undefeated in duals this season with a 7-3 decision over Ian Stephens at 184 pounds and Luke Jones won his second match of the day with a 11-1 major decision over Jacob Bradford at 197 pounds.
McClure, ranked No. 5 in the country, improved to 20-1 on the season after pinning Jonathan Hupp in 3:09. The Spartans took down the Blue Raiders 28-12, winning seven of the 10 matches.
"Today was very important," Minkel said. "I think the Bucknell match in particular; they have a good team and have some tough kids. We went out and lost the first three in a row. Even though that happened our kids fought hard and wrestled hard. We stayed together and got the job done. It was a good afternoon for us, certainly a step in getting us in the direction we want to go."
Michigan State 28, Bucknell 11
Michigan State 28, Lindsey Wilson 12
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