Michigan State Wrestling Topped By No. 15 Nebraska Sunday At Tumbles And Takedowns
Freshman Rayvon Foley goes 2-0 on the weekend and Logan Ritchie gets come-from-behind win.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In the last home conference dual meet of the season, Michigan State wrestling was topped by No. 15 Nebraska, 35-6, in the third-annual Tumbles and Takedowns meet with MSU Gymnastics on Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House in front of a spirited crowd of 1,172.
Freshman Rayvon Foley earned a decision at 125, and redshirt sophomore Logan Ritchie came from behind to win at 174, but it wasn’t enough to take down the nationally-ranked Huskers, who have five wrestlers individually ranked among the top 20 by InterMat.
“The biggest thing is, and I’ve been saying this all year to our guys, we have to worry about the things that we need to worry about in competition,” MSU head coach Roger Chandler said. “We were way too reactionary out there when we’re competing, as a whole. We have the talent, but we can’t use our youthfulness as an excuse to not have success.”
Highlighting the weekend for the Spartans was a 6-3 decision from Foley, who was 2-0 on the weekend after defeating No. 13 Luke Welch against Purdue on Friday night.
“I emphasize aggressiveness a lot on the mat. I focus on that every time I come out on the mat, I want to be the first one who is aggressive, trying to get the first shot and the first takedown,” Foley said. “Tumbles and Takedowns was exciting. I had a lot of fun. This was one of the most exciting events that I’ve been to in my life.”
At 174 pounds, Ritchie took the second win of the day for MSU with a thrilling, come from behind victory over Nebraska’s Beau Breske. Ritchie came back from a 3-1 deficit as the seconds ticked down in the third period with a dominating takedown and nearfall to secure the win.
Up next, the Spartans will wrestle against in-state rival No. 4 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus.
285: David Jensen (NEB) dec. Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 6-1
In the first period, Jensen took a 2-0 lead with a takedown and gained riding time. Jensen started down in the second, securing the escape point to increase his lead to 3-0. Neutral to start the third, Jensen got another takedown to take a 5-0 lead. Rebottaro got an escape before the end of the third, but with almost two minutes of riding time, Jensen took a 6-1 decision.
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Mitchell Maginnis (NEB), 6-3
Foley got on the board first with a takedown, though Maginnis cut Foley’s lead in half with an escape. Maginnis chose down to start the second period, and Foley accumulated riding time without giving up an escape point. Foley started down in the third period, successfully securing the escape point and quickly getting a takedown to increase the lead to 5-1. Maginnis was awarded a point for stalling from Foley and added an escape point, but Foley’s riding time was over three minutes and he finished with a 6-3 decision.
133: Jason Renteria (NEB) pinned Logan Griffin (MSU), 1:29
Griffin got a two-point takedown early in the first, but Renteria got the escape point. Quickly with a takedown and four nearfall points, Renteria then got the pin at 1:29 in the first.
141: No. 14 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) pinned Javier Gasca (MSU), 4:36
Red got a two-point takedown in the first and began to accumulate riding time, adding a four-point nearfall before the end of the first frame. Red started down in the second period, getting the escape to take a 7-0 lead. Gasca took a shot, but Red got the takedown and then pinned Gasca at 4:36.
149: Collin Purinton (NEB) dec. Austin Eicher (MSU), 14-8
Purinton began the first with a two-point takedown, and Eicher later got an escape point. Purinton tacked on a takedown and four nearfall points before the end of the first stanza, taking an 8-1 lead into the second. Purinton began down in the second frame, adding an escape point. Purinton jumped out to an 11-1 lead with another takedown, but Eicher added an escape point and a takedown, cutting Purinton’s lead to 11-4. Neutral to begin the third, Eicher added another takedown early and Purinton escaped. Eicher got one more takedown, and Purinton escaped before time expired and had almost two minutes of riding time to take a 14-8 decision.
157: No. 8 Tyler Berger (NEB) pinned Jake Tucker (MSU), 4:23
Tucker started out with a two-point takedown, but Berger evened the score with a reversal and racked up riding time. Tucker got an escape before the end of the first to take a 3-2 lead into the second frame. Tucker chose down to begin the second, and after his attempts to escape, Berger got the pin at 4:23.
165: No. 12 Isaiah White (NEB) major dec. Austin Hiles (MSU), 14-6
White scored first with a takedown early in the match, but Hiles responded with an escape. White added another takedown, leading Hiles, 4-1. The Spartan got another escape, but White added another takedown, leading 6-2 going into the second frame. Starting down, White got an escape and a point for stalling from Hiles. After Hiles got an escape point, and White tacked on two more with a takedown. The Husker took an 11-4 lead going into the third, and Hiles began down in the final stanza and recorded an escape. White tallied another takedown, and though Hiles escaped, White had over three minutes of riding time and got a major decision, 14-6.
174: Logan Ritchie (MSU) dec. Beau Breske (NEB), 8-3
Breske put the first points on the board with a takedown late in the first, and Ritchie cut the lead in half with an escape before the end of the period. Breske started down in the second, and Ritchie was able to accumulate riding time, but Breske did get the escape point before the end of the second. Beginning the final frame down, the Spartan wasn’t able to escape until Breske cut down on Ritchie’s riding time. Ritchie was awarded a point for stalling from Breske, and just at the end of the third, Ritchie got a takedown and four nearfall points to take the 8-3 decision.
184: No. 7 Taylor Venz (NEB) major dec. Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 11-1
Venz recorded a takedown in the first period, and stalling from Shadaia gave two more points to Venz for a 4-0 lead. Venz and Shadaia started neutral in the second, and Venz got another takedown, jumping out to a 6-0 lead. Venz was awarded an additional point for stalling from Shadaia, but the Spartan got his first point on the board with an escape before the end of the middle frame. Venz started down in the third, and quickly got the escape point. Another escape by Venz extended his lead to 10-1, and with over four minutes of riding time, Venz got the major, 11-1.
197: Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. Nick May (MSU), 9-6
May struck first with a takedown midway through the first, and Schultz recorded an escape to cut May’s lead in half. In the second, Schultz began down and tallied an escape point to even the score at 2-all. Schultz took his first lead of the match with a takedown, and May responded with an escape. After May started down in the third, he got the escape point to even the score at 4-all. Schultz got a stalling point and takedown late in the third, taking a 7-4 lead. Schultz got two points from taking May down again, but May escaped, bringing his lead to 9-6 at the end of the match for a decision.
No. 15 Nebraska 35, Michigan State 6
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Mitchell Maginnis (NEB), 6-3. Tied, 3-3.
133: No. 19 Jason Renteria (NEB) pinned Logan Griffin (MSU), 1:29. NEB leads, 9-3.
141: No. 14 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) pinned Javier Gasca (MSU), 4:36. NEB leads, 15-3.
149: Collin Purinton (NEB) dec. Austin Eicher (MSU), 14-8. NEB leads, 18-3.
157: No. 8 Tyler Berger (NEB) pinned Jake Tucker (MSU), 4:23. NEB leads, 24-3.
165: No. 12 Isaiah White (NEB) major dec. Austin Hiles (MSU), 14-6. NEB leads, 28-3.
174: Logan Ritchie (MSU) dec. Beau Breske (NEB), 8-3. NEB leads, 28-6.
184: No. 7 Taylor Venz (NEB) major dec. Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 11-1. NEB leads, 32-6.
197: Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. Nick May (MSU), 9-6. NEB leads, 35-6.
HWT: David Jensen (NEB) dec. Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 6-1. NEB leads, 3-0.