Jan. 20, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. - Michigan State Spartan wrestling fell to No. 18 Northwestern on Friday night at Welsh-Ryan arena, 30-12. The Spartans won three straight matches following the intermission, and both Brian Gibbs (141) and Nick McDiarmid (197) won their first career Big Ten Conference dual matches.
"We had a rough first half," head coach Tom Minkel said. "We talked at halftime about what had happened in previous matches shouldn't have much of an effect in the second half. We wrestled pretty darn well after the break."
The Big Ten dual started in the 133-pound division and Jameson Oster of Northwestern won by fall over Brandon Fifield in 3:27.
Freshman Brian Gibbs got the Spartans (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten) back on track and recorded an 8-6 decision over Colin Shober of Northwestern at 141 pounds. Gibbs was down 5-1 heading into the second period but recorded a takedown and added three near fall points to contribute to his first career Big Ten dual victory.
At 149 pounds Dan Osterman was pinned by Kaleb Friedley of Northwestern in 2:38, giving the Wildcats a 12-3 lead.
No. 13 Anthony Jones Jr. lost a close 6-3 decision to No. 3 Jason Welch, in a battle of ranked wresters at 157 pounds.
Northwestern (6-3, 2-3 Big Ten) managed another fall at 165 pounds, Pierce Harger pinned David Cheza in 3:31.
Curran Jacobs won a 3-1 decision over No. 11 Lee Munster of Northwestern at 174 pounds. He recorded a late takedown with only 23 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the upset. Jacobs's 3-1 decision cut the Wildcat lead to 21-6.
Senior Ian Hinton picked up a 7-3 decision over Robert Kellogg of Northwestern at 184 pounds. Hinton had two takedowns, two escapes and added ride time to secure the decision.
Nick McDiarmid notched his first career Big Ten dual victory with a 3-2 decision over Luke Schoen of Northwestern at 197 pounds. The score was tied at two, but ride time favored McDiarmid and clinched his first conference win.
In the heavyweight division No. 10 Michael McClure dropped a narrow 3-1 decision to No. 17 Mike McMullan of Northwestern.
In the final match of the dual, Eric Olanowski was pinned by No. 10 Levi Mele of Northwestern in 3:29, giving the Wildcats the 30-12 victory.
The Spartans face No. 6 Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. ET and the dual will be streamed live at BTN.com for a fee.
No. 18 Northwestern 30, Michigan State 12
133: Jameson Oster (NU) fall Brandon Fifield (MSU), 3:27; NU leads, 6-0
141: Brian Gibbs (MSU) dec. Colin Shober (NU), 6-3; NU leads, 6-3
149: Kaleb Friedley (NU) fall Dan Osterman (MSU), 2:38; NU leads, 12-3
157: No. 3 Jason Welch (NU) dec. No. 13 Anthony Jones Jr. (MSU), 6-3; NU leads, 15-3
165: Pierce Harger (NU) fall David Cheza (MSU), 3:31; NU leads, 21-3
174: Curran Jacobs (MSU) dec. No. 11 Lee Munster (NU), 3-1; NU leads, 21-6
184: Ian Hinton (MSU) dec. Robert Kellogg (NU), 7-3; NU leads, 21-9
197: Nick McDiarmid (MSU) dec. Luke Schoen (NU), 3-2; NU leads, 21-12
HWT: No. 17 Mike McMullan (NU) dec. No. 10 Michael McClure (MSU), 3-1; NU leads, 24-12
125: No. 10 Levi Mele (NU) fall Eric Olanowski (MSU), 3:29; NU wins, 30-12