Spartan Wrestling Falls to UNC and Clarion
Jan. 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling fell to both North Carolina and Clarion on Saturday afternoon at Tippin Gym in Clarion, Pa. The Spartans lost a close dual to the Tar Heels, 23-21 and then fell to Clarion, 25-16.
"We gave up some big points early in both duals and those came back to haunt us," head coach Tom Minkel said. "We split with North Carolina, winning five matches but they scored more bonus points than we did. We just have to do a better job not giving away big points."
No. 4 Michael McClure won both of his matches by fall, pinning Cody Kemplay of North Carolina in 3:00 and beating Phil Cattrucco of Clarion in 6:54.
"Mike is wrestling really well and he is continuing to improve," Minkel said. "He isn't happy just being where he is at. He has some lofty goals and is getting more aggressive on top in particular, and that is really showing up in his results. Getting those falls today was a big boost to finish both matches."
The Spartans (4-5) dropped the first three matches of the dual against UNC to fall behind 16-0 and were unable to overcome the deficit, despite winning the final three matches.
At 165 pounds, Nick Proctor dropped a narrow 6-5 decision to John Staudenmayer, extending the Tar Heels lead to 20-6.
John Rizqallah picked up his eighth dual victory of the season with a 6-0 decision over Alex Utley of UNC 6-0 and cutting the lead to 23-9.
The Spartans picked up back-to-back falls at 197 pounds and heavyweight but it wasn't enough to overcome North Carolina. Luke Jones beat Frank Abbondanza by fall in 4:25 and McClure pinned Cody Kemplay in 3:00 to secure his 21st win on the season and his sixth fall.
In similar fashion the Spartans fell behind against Clarion, dropping the first five matches of the dual and trailed 22-0.
Luke Jones lost to Justin Ortega at 197 pounds, 5-2 and McClure picked up his second fall of the day, making the final score 25-16 in favor of Clarion.
Next up, the Spartans will take on No. 1 Penn State tomorrow at 2 p.m.
North Carolina 23, Michigan State 21
Clarion 25, Michigan State 16
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