Michigan State Falls to No. 25 Central Michigan, 21-12
Feb. 16, 2012
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - The Michigan State wrestling team dropped its final dual of the season to No. 25 Central Michigan, 21-12, Thursday night at McGuirk Field House. MSU won four matches, picking up individual wins from Dan Osterman (149 pounds), Anthony Jones Jr. (157), Curran Jacobs (174) and Nick McDiarmid (197).
The dual kicked off at 184 pounds and Ian Hinton lost a 14-1 major decision to No. 4 Ben Bennett of Central Michigan.
Red-shirt freshman Nick McDiarmid put the Spartans (3-11, 1-7 Big Ten) on the board at 197 pounds. McDiarmid won an 8-3 decision over Chad Friend of CMU. He was trailing 1-0 heading into the third period but scored three takedowns, an escape and added riding time to seal the win.
In the heavyweight matchup, Michael McClure lost a narrow 5-4 decision to No. 17 Peter Sturgeon of Central Michigan. The score was knotted at two before the third period. Sturgeon scored an escape and a takedown and McClure recorded an escape of his own and was awarded a stalling point, but could not come up with a takedown in the third.
Senior Eric Olanowski dropped a 5-3 decision to No. 16 Joe Roth at 125 pounds, putting the Chippewas (14-8, 4-1 MAC) ahead, 10-3.
Michigan State lost a pair of major decisions in the next two matches: Brandon Fifield fell to Tyler Keselring, 13-4 in the 133-pound class, and Brian Gibbs lost a 10-2 major decision to Scott Mattingly at 141 pounds.
Junior Dan Osterman got MSU back on track at 149 pounds. Osterman defeated Joey Kielbasa of CMU, 7-6. Osterman recorded three takedowns and did not give up a takedown to Kielbasa.
At 157 pounds, ninth-ranked Anthony Jones Jr. won a 2-1 sudden victory decision over Donnie Corby of Central Michigan. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of three periods and a stalling call on Corby in overtime was the difference. Jones won his team-best 11th dual match but the Spartans still trailed, 18-9.
Another close match ensued at 165 pounds, as senior David Cheza lost a 9-7 decision to Mike Ottinger of CMU. Cheza was down a point heading into the third period and scored two escapes and a takedown, but it wasn't enough. Ottinger recorded a reversal, two near-fall points and added riding time.
In the final match of the dual, No. 18 Curran Jacobs recorded a 3-0 shutout decision over Anthony Bill of Central Michigan.
The Spartans will have the next two weeks off to prepare for the Big Ten Championships on March 3-4 in West Lafayette, Ind.
No. 25 Central Michigan 21, Michigan State 12
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