Michigan State Wrestling Drops To No. 24 Purdue On The Road
Freshman Rayvon Foley knocks off No. 13 Luke Welch at 125 pounds.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Michigan State wrestling dropped to No. 24 Purdue on Friday night at the Holloway Gymnasium in West Lafayette, Indiana. Freshman Rayvon Foley defeated 13th-ranked Luke Welch at 125 pounds and redshirt junior Austin Eicher topped Austin Nash at 149 pounds, but Purdue came out on top, 28-6.
"As far as tonight's dual goes, we lost a lot of close matches and like I said two weeks ago, we have to start turning these close losses into close wins, and close wins then will turn into bigger wins," MSU head coach Roger Chandler said. "Overall, I believe our conditioning is really good with our team. I don't see anybody fading out there, so I feel like we're progressing. One of the biggest things we have to do is keep adjusting and making our personal adjustments in matches. The biggest factor in that dual was that we gave up too many nearfall points and that took us out of some of those matches where we could've easily won. It just comes back to position and wrestling within yourself."
Foley completed the first upset of his Spartan career, handing redshirt senior Welch his sixth loss of the season, and just his second defeat in a dual. Welch and Foley met once previously this season at the Cliff Keen Invitational, when Welch defeated Foley 11-6 to eliminate the freshman from the tournament's championship bracket. Foley exacted his revenge with a commanding, 7-1 decision to win the first match of the night for MSU.
"Rayvon wrestled that kid out in Las Vegas, and Rayvon has made so many adjustments since that time," Chandler said. "We knew after that match that with the technical adjustments that Rayvon was going to make that we felt pretty good about the outcome of that match. Where Rayvon puts himself to win in any match is that he never stops. He wrestles for seven minutes. If you compete for seven minutes and make the technical adjustments, then you can feel pretty good about the result of the match."
At 149 pounds, redshirt junior Austin Eicher returned to the lineup for his first dual since wrestling against No. 14 Minnesota on Jan. 7. In only his third dual match of the season, Eicher secured his first Big Ten dual win of the season with a 2-0 decision over Austin Nash.
Michigan State returns home to finish out the weekend on Sunday, Feb. 4 against No. 15 Nebraska at 1 p.m. in East Lansing, Michigan in a simultaneous event with the MSU Gymnastics team taking on Penn State. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus.
165: Jacob Morrissey (PUR) dec. Austin Hiles (MSU), 17-11
In the opening bout of the night, Morrissey started off with a two-point takedown and a four-point nearfall to take an early 6-0 lead in the first period. Starting neutral in the second, Hiles responded with a takedown of his own. Morrissey escaped, though Hiles added another takedown from which Morrissey escaped, bringing the lead to 8-4. Morrissey tacked on another takedown before time expired in the second. To begin the third, Morrissey added four points with a nearfall. Hiles got an escape followed by a takedown. Morrissey managed to escape, and Hiles got two more takedowns, cutting Morrissey's lead down to 17-11 to prevent the Boilermaker from getting a major decision.
174: No. 12 Dylan Lydy (PUR) dec. Logan Ritchie (MSU), 6-2
After the first period, Ritchie and Lydy ended scoreless. Lydy started down in the second, and Ritchie was able to hold off Lydy's first attempt to escape before the two wrestlers were brought back to the center of the mat after a stalemate. After a reset, Lydy escaped and was awarded a point for Ritchie locking hands. Starting down in the final frame, Ritchie cut Lydy's lead in half with an escape. Lydy responded with a takedown, and Ritchie got another escape to bring Lydy's lead to 4-2. Lydy tacked on another takedown late in the third, winning 6-2.
184: Max Lyon (PUR) pinned Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 2:57
Lyon got on the board first with a takedown, accumulating riding time through the first stanza. Lyon added four more points with a nearfall before the end of the first. With just three seconds left in the first period, Lyon pinned Shadaia.
197: Christian Brunner (PUR) maj. dec. Nick May (MSU), 12-4
Brunner took a 4-0 lead with a takedown and two-point nearfall in the first, and before the first period could end, Brunner added four more points with a nearfall. In the second, May added his first two points with a takedown, and Brunner added another point with an escape. In the third, Brunner started off with an escape. May responded with a takedown, and Brunner added another escape. With riding time, Brunner finished with a 12-4 major decision.
285: No. 15 Shawn Streck (PUR) dec. Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 5-3
Streck got the first two points of the match with a takedown, and Rebottaro cut into Streck's lead with an escape. In the second, Rebottaro started down and tied up the match at 2-all. Streck took a 5-2 lead after an escape and a takedown in the third period. Rebottaro got an escape, but wasn't able to score again and dropped in a 5-3 decision to Streck.
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. No. 13 Luke Welch (PUR), 7-1
Foley scored first late in the opening stanza with a takedown. In the second period, Foley gained riding time before Welch was able to escape. Starting down in the third, Foley got the escape point to bring his lead to 3-1 and then added a takedown to jump out to a 5-1 lead. Foley received a sixth point after stalling from Welch, and finished with the first ranked win of his career over No. 13 Welch with a point from 3:12 of riding time.
133: Ben Thornton (PUR) dec. Logan Griffin (MSU), 8-1
Thornton took a 4-1 lead midway through the first period and held on to that lead through the second frame. In the third, Thornton added another point with an escape before tacking on two more points to finish with an 8-1 decision.
141: Nathan Limmex (PUR) dec. Javier Gasca (MSU), 7-5
Limmex scored first with a takedown, but Gasca took the lead later with an escape and takedown of his own. Limmex escaped, bringing the score to 3-all going into the second. Gasca took a 4-3 lead with an escape, but Limmex responded with a takedown. Gasca escaped, tying the match at 5-all before the start of the third. After no score in the third, Limmex got a quick takedown in the sudden victory period to win, 7-5.
149: Austin Eicher (MSU) dec. Austin Nash (PUR), 2-0
After a scoreless opening period, Eicher got on the board first with an escape after starting down in the second frame. In the third, Eicher completed the ride out over Nash and took a 2-0 decision for his first Big Ten win of the season.
157: Griffin Parriott (PUR) dec. Jake Tucker (MSU), 5-3
Parriott jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Tucker with a takedown and nearfall in the first, but Tucker broke away for an escape point before the end of the stanza. In the second, Tucker got another escape to cut Parriott's lead to 4-2. Tucker was awarded a point for stalling by Parriott, but with riding time, the Boilermaker took a 5-3 decision.
No. 24 Purdue 28, MSU 6
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. No. 13 Luke Welch (PUR), 7-1. PUR leads, 19-3.
133: Ben Thornton (PUR) dec. Logan Griffin (MSU), 8-1. PUR leads, 22-3.
141: Nate Limmex (PUR) dec. Javier Gasca (MSU), 7-5. PUR leads, 25-3.
149: Austin Eicher (MSU) dec. Austin Nash (PUR), 2-0. PUR leads, 25-6.
157: Griffin Parriott (PUR) dec. Jake Tucker (MSU), 5-3. PUR wins, 28-6.
165: Jacob Morrissey (PUR) dec. Austin Hiles (MSU), 17-11. PUR leads, 3-0.
174: No. 12 Dylan Lydy (PUR) dec. Logan Ritchie (MSU), 6-2. PUR leads, 6-0.
184: Max Lyon (PUR) pinned Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 2:57. PUR leads, 12-0.
197: Christian Brunner (PUR) maj. dec. Nick May (MSU), 12-4. PUR leads, 16-0.
HWT: No. 15 Shawn Streck (PUR) dec. Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 5-3. PUR leads, 19-0.