Wrestling Goes Unbeaten at Spartan Duals
Jan. 16, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State wrestling team improved to 6-1-1 on the season after going 2-0-1 on Saturday (Jan. 16) in the inaugural Spartan Duals at Jenison Field House. Michigan State defeated Stanford in round one, 25-10, tied Rutgers in round two, 16-16, and ended the day by downing Northern Illinois, 28-6.
In round one against Stanford, Gomez got a major decision over Justin Paulsen to tie the score at four as MSU went on to win six of the next eight matches en route to a 25-10 win. The Spartans took control of the dual in the 157-pound match as Anthony Jones Jr. pined Mike Kent at 5:27 to give MSU a commanding 16-4 advantage.
The Spartans got their toughest test of the day in round two against Rutgers. With Rutgers leading 7-3 entering the 149-pound bout, the Spartans got a major decision from David Cheza (15-3) to the knot the score at seven. Jones then fell in a tough-fought battle at 157 pounds, 2-0, to Daryl Cocozzo before Kyle Bounds retied the score at 10 for MSU with 5-2 win over Greg Zannetti at 165 pounds. The seesaw battle continued at 174 as Ian Hinton dropped his only dual of the day to give Rutgers back the lead, 13-0.
The Green and White then picked up consecutive wins at 184 pounds as Nick Palmieri defeated Dan Siedenberg, 3-2, and Dickenson scored a 2-1 upset-win over No. 19 Lamar Brown, giving MSU its first lead of the match, 16-13, with one match to go. The Scarlet Knights' ninth-ranked DJ Russo gave the Spartans' Alan O'Donnell his only loss of the afternoon, 6-3, in the heavyweight bout to end the dual in a 16-16 tie.
In the final round of the day, MSU took eight of 10 matches from Northern Illinois and never trailed en route to 28-6 win. Curran Jacobs picked up his first dual-match victory of the season as he got an 11-4 decision over Zach Benzio at 184 pounds.
Michigan State will return to action next weekend for a pair of Big Ten dual meets at Jenison Field House. The Spartans will host Minnesota at 7 p.m. on Friday and Illinois on Sunday at 1 p.m.
125: Ryan Mango maj. dec. Brennan Lyon, 19-6; Stanford leads, 4-0
125: Joe Langel maj. dec. Brennan Lyon, 12-0; Rutgers leads, 4-0
125: Brennan Lyon wins by forfeit; Michigan State leads, 6-0
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