Spartan Wrestling Falls to No. 11 Michigan, 26-9
Jan. 29, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling lost to in-state rival No. 11 Michigan, 26-9, Sunday afternoon at Cliff Keen Arena. Anthony Jones Jr. (157), Ian Hinton (184) and Nick McDiarmid (197) each recorded decisions at their respective weight classes. Heading into intermission Michigan (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) lead 9-6 over the Spartans (3-8, 1-6 Big Ten). The Wolverines won four of the final five matches to claim the dual victory.
"I think our kids fought hard," head coach Tom Minkel said. "We were a little outmatched in some weight classes, particularly the lower weights. I thought Anthony Jones Jr. got the job done, Ian Hinton and Nick McDiarmid as a redshirt freshman did a heck of a job. There were some bright spots, but we simply have to be more consistent as a team."
A match-up of ranked wrestlers kicked off the dual at 174 pounds; No. 11 Curran Jacobs took on No. 5 Justin Zeerip of Michigan. Zeerip recorded a 7-1 decision over Jacobs to start the dual.
Senior Ian Hinton evened the score with a decision of his own at 184 pounds. He had three takedowns and recorded an 8-5 decision over Hunter Collins of Michigan.
At 197 pounds, redshirt freshman Nick McDiarmid defeated Chris Heald of Michigan, 8-3. McDiarmid notched his fourth dual win of the season.
The heavyweight match featured No. 18 Michael McClure and No. 11 Ben Apland of Michigan. Apland recorded a 6-0 decision, tying the match score, 6-6.
Eric Olanowski lost a tough 7-4 decision to Grant Pizzo of Michigan at 125 pounds. Olanowski trailed 6-3 heading into the third and managed an escape but couldn't come up with a takedown. Pizzo added ride time to finish off the decision.
At 149 pounds, Dan Osterman lost by fall to No. 7 Eric Grajales of Michigan in 1:50.
Senior Anthony Jones Jr. won an exciting defensive battle against Brandon Zeerip at 157 pounds, 3-2 in double overtime. Both wrestlers were tied 1-1 heading into the sudden victory overtime. Jones nearly recorded the deciding takedown but Zeerip was able to fend him off multiple times. Both wrestlers came away with an escape in the double overtime session but Zeerip was penalized for stalling, giving Jones the decision.
The dual concluded with the 165-pound match between David Cheza and No. 17 Dan Yates. Cheza lost a 6-0 decision, giving the Wolverines the 26-9 victory.
Michigan State is back in action next weekend when it hosts No. 5 Ohio State on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. The Spartan seniors will be recognized in their final match at Jenison Field House.
No. 11 Michigan 26, Michigan State 9
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