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Spartan Wrestling Falls To No. 14 Minnesota, 29-3

Jan. 7, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Michigan State wrestling went up against No. 14 Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minnesota, falling 29-3 in the Spartans’ last match of a 64-day, 10-event road stretch. Redshirt freshman 157-pounder Jake Tucker won Michigan State’s only bout, knocking off No. 13 Jake Short in a 7-6 decision.

“Our guys definitely wrestled better today overall. They made some technical improvements and realized they have to wrestle in the positions that they’re strong in in order to give themselves the chance to win matches individually," Michigan State head coach Roger Chandler said. "Today we lost two one-point matches and two overtime matches, and those could have very easily gone the other way.”

The match started at 141 pounds, going in order from there and ending at 133 pounds. Several bouts proved to be tight match-ups, with five of the 10 bouts decided by two points or less, including two overtime decisions.

Highlighting the day’s match was Tucker with the upset decision over No. 13 Jake Short. Tucker took a 7-5 lead in the third, and though Short was awarded a penalty point for an illegal hold from Tucker, the Spartan held on through the remaining seconds of the period to earn his first win over a ranked opponent. Tucker improves to 15-9 overall and 5-3 in duals, tied for second with those five dual wins.

“That was definitely big. That’s going to be a benchmark point for Jake as far as how he builds his career now," Chandler said. "I think everybody remembers the first time they get a ranked win. I know Jake expects this out of himself, but Jake is developing into one of the best guys in the country in his weight class, and he’s proving it to himself. I think you’re going to see continual gains throughout the season.”

MSU returns home for the first dual of season inside Jenison Field House, but the difficult schedule doesn’t let up as the Spartans take on No. 1 Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus.

141: No. 10 Tommy Thorn (MINN) dec. No. 18 Javier Gasca (MSU), 6-0
In the first period, Thorn got on the board first with a late takedown. Thorn began down in the second, and created a 3-0 lead with the escape point. To start off the third, Thorn added two nearfall points. Thorn finished the bout accumulating riding time, earning a 6-0 decision.

149: Ben Brancale (MINN) dec. Austin Eicher (MSU), 3-2
Brancale and Eicher went hand-to-hand for most of the first, ending in a stalemate. Brancale chose down to start off the second, and after Eicher put up a fight, Brancale took the first point of the bout with an escape. In the third, Eicher got his first point off an escape, tying the bout at 1-all. With just a minute left to go, Brancale scored two points with a takedown. Eicher responded with an escape, but it wasn’t enough and Brancale finished with a 3-2 decision.

157: Jake Tucker (MSU) dec. No. 13 Jake Short (MINN), 7-6
Short quickly put two points on the board with a takedown, and Tucker responded with a reversal to tie the bout at 2-all. Short notched the escape, but late into the period, Tucker recorded a takedown to take a 4-3 lead. Midway into the second, Tucker got the escape after beginning the period down. Short tied up the bout at 5-all with a takedown. Tucker took a 7-5 lead on a reversal, but a point was awarded to Short for an illegal hold. Holding on through the last minute of the third, Tucker took down No. 13 Short with a 7-6 decision.

165: No. 9 Nick Wanzek (MINN) maj. dec. Austin Hiles (MSU), 15-7
Wanzek started with a two-point lead on a takedown, which Hiles escape from. Wanzek added another takedown, and four nearfall points to finish the first period with an 8-1 lead. In the second, Wanzek added an escape and takedown before Hiles notched two points with a reversal. In the third, Hiles started down and took an escape. Wanzek recorded a takedown, but Hiles added three points from an escape and takedown. Wanzek finished the third out with an escape, and with riding time, Wanzek took a major decision, 15-7.

174: Chris Pfarr (MINN) dec. Logan Ritchie (MSU), 3-1 (OT)
The first period ended in a stalemate, and in the second, Ritchie garnered riding time though Pfarr got the escape. The third period began neutral, and after going hand-to-hand, the third period ended tied at 1-all with Ritchie’s riding time advantage. In overtime, Pfarr was the first to score, ending the bout with a 3-1 decision.

184: Dylan Anderson (MINN) dec. Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 8-6 (OT)
Shadaia scored first with a takedown, but Anderson escaped to cut the lead to 2-1. Shadaia jumped out to a 4-2 lead midway through the third, and held a riding time advantage. With 30 seconds left, Anderson added two points on a takedown, though Shadaia escaped, still leading 5-4. Anderson got a last-second takedown, and with riding time, the bout was tied at 6-all and going to overtime. Anderson got the takedown to finish with an 8-6 decision.

197: Bobby Steveson (MINN) dec. Nick May (MSU), 14-8
Steveson notched a two-point lead with a takedown, which May later escaped from. Steveson took a 4-1 lead with another takedown, jumping out to a 6-2 lead to finish the period. In the third, May added an escape point to start off the frame. Steveson notched a takedown and continued to add riding time. May recorded an escape before the second period ended, cutting into Steveson’s lead, 8-4. In the third, Steveson added another four points, though May escaped twice and recorded a takedown of his own. Steveson escaped and with 2:38 of riding time, earned a 14-8 decision.

HWT: Rylee Streifel (MINN) dec. Matt Lloyd (MSU), 7-0
Streifel picked up a 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first period, racking up riding time through the end of the first. In the second, Streifel started down and took the esacpe point for a 3-0 lead. Streifel added a takedown toward the end of the second, 5-0. Neutral to begin the third, Streifel’s takedown attempts didn’t come to fruition. Streifel was awarded a point from Lloyd’s stalling, and with riding time, Streifel took a 7-0 decision.

125: Steve Polakowski (MINN) dec. Rayvon Foley (MSU), 6-5
Polakowski recorded two takedowns, but Foley escaped from both and added another takedown to even the bout at 4-all. Late in the third, Polakowski managed a takedown, but Foley quickly escaped. Polakowski hung on through Foley’s attempts to score, taking a 6-5 decision.

133: Skylar Petry (MINN) maj. dec. Matt Santos (MSU), 14-6
Santos took a two-point lead with a takedown, and Petry added an escape, taking a 2-1 lead into the second. Beginning down in the second, Santos escaped to take a 3-1 lead. Petry recorded a takedown, and Santos responded with an escape, leading 4-3. In the third, Petry took the lead with a takedown, which Santos escaped from, but Petry added a takedown and four nearfall points late in the third frame to take an 11-5 lead. Santos escaped, and Petry notched another takedown and with riding time, Petry finished with a major decision, 14-6.

No. 14 Minnesota 29, Michigan State 3
125: Steve Polakowski (MINN) dec. Rayvon Foley (MSU), 6-5. MINN leads 25-3.
133: Skyler Petry (MINN) maj. dec. Matt Santos (MSU), 14-6. MINN wins, 29-3.
141: No. 10 Tommy Thorn dec. No. 18 Javier Gasca, 6-0. MINN leads, 3-0.
149: Ben Brancale dec. Austin Eicher, 3-2. MINN leads, 6-0.
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) dec. No. 13 Jake Short, 7-6. MINN leads, 6-3.
165: No. 9 Nick Wanzek maj. dec. Austin Hiles, 15-7. MINN leads, 10-3.
174: Chris Pfarr (MINN) dec. Logan Ritchie, 3-1 (OT). MINN leads, 13-3.
184: Dylan Anderson (MINN) dec. Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 8-6 (OT). MINN leads, 16-3.
197: Bobby Steveson (MINN) dec. Nick May (MSU), 14-8. MINN leads, 19-3.
HWT: Rylee Streifel (MINN) dec. Matt Lloyd (MSU), 7-0. MINN leads, 22-3.



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