Michigan State Wrestling Splits On Senior Day
Spartans win against Clarion, 22-15, in opener, before falling to EMU, 21-19 in nightcap.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling split its two matches, hosting a tri-meet with Clarion and Eastern Michigan at Jension Field House on Friday for Senior Day. After a triumphant, 22-15 defeat over Clarion in the opener, the Spartans then fell to Eastern Michigan, taking the Eagles to the wire, 21-19.
The middle match of the day was Clarion against Eastern Michigan, resulting in an 18-12 win for Clarion.
MSU honored its lone senior wrestler, 141-pounder Javier Gasca, and two senior managers, Alexandra Sanchez and Amanda Craig. Gasca won his last match on the platform inside Jenison Field House, taking down EMU's Sa'Derian Perry, 5-2. The Spartan faithful sent their senior off with a standing ovation after his win.
"I don’t know if I’ve taken it all in yet,” Gasca said about the standing ovation and emotions of Senior Night. “I don’t think there are enough words that can describe the feeling of what it’s like being here this entire time, not only to get a win on Senior Night, and my last home dual, but I haven’t been winning not nearly as much as I have been or what I’m used to. So it’s great to get back on track headed into the most important part of the season and my career.”
“I’m going to miss everything about wrestling here at Jenison Field House. It’s amazing. If you haven’t been to a dual here, you need to come check it out for yourself next year because I can’t describe the feeling you get competing in front of your friends and your family and the great Spartan fans, and our team. I’m going to miss it all, from the weight cutting to the competing, I’m going to miss it all,” Gasca said.
After the match, Michigan State head coach Roger Chandler had high praise for his lone senior, who has been with the program since 2013.
"Javier has obviously been in a slump the second half of the year, and he’s been slowly coming out of it," Chandler said. "Even the match he lost today, it was against a guy who is ranked fifth in the country, and I think Javier very well could have won that match. The biggest thing is that he’s getting back to his offense and believing in what he’s doing.
Freshman 125-pounder Rayvon Foley started off both matches with a statement for the Spartans, earning a technical fall and putting MSU up in bonus points early. Ranked No. 17 nationally by InterMat, Foley improved to 25-7 in regular season matches overall, collecting a team-leading 46 dual points.
At 157 pounds, redshirt-freshman Jake Tucker also garnered two technical falls for MSU, winning his first two home dual matches of the season.
Both matches came down to the final bout at heavyweight. In the first match against Clarion, redshirt-freshman Christian Rebottaro came through with a pin at 2:50 in the first period, giving the Spartans a 22-15 match win. Though Rebottaro put up a fight in his match against Eastern Michigan, he dropped an extremely close, 2-1, decision.
“I thought most of our guys wrestled really hard, but you can’t be giving up bonus points and relaxing out there,” Chandler said. “There were some really good things that happened in that dual. Obviously, you never want to get a loss, but it was great to see guys like Shwan Shadaia wrestling the entire time and putting points up on the board and believing in his shots, Rayvon Foley going out and getting bonus points, Javier Gasca is attacking again and Austin Eicher wrestled his best match of the year, and even Nick May, he lost a close match but he battled the whole time. There’s some good things to take from that match.”
With the conclusion of the regular season, MSU will host Big Ten Championship at the Breslin Center on March 3-4. Tickets are available through www.MSUSpartans.com.
Bout-By-Bout: vs. Clarion
125: No. 17 Rayvon Foley (MSU) tech. fall Gavin Park (CU), 24-8
In the first, Park got on the board with a takedown, but Foley stormed back with an escape and takedown before the end of the frame, leading 3-2 at the end of the period. Foley began down in the second and added an escape and takedown, extending his lead to 6-2. Park chose neutral in the third, and Foley got a flurry of takedowns, jumping out to a 24-8 lead as time expired in the final stanza for the technical fall, 24-8.
133: Logan Griffin (MSU) sudden victory Roshaun Cooley (CU), 3-1
After a scoreless first period, Griffin started the second in the down position and secured the escape point to take a 1-0 lead. In the third frame, Cooley chose to begin neutral and though neither wrestler scored a point, Coley had over a minute of riding time and forced overtime. Thirty seconds into the sudden victory period, Griffin got a takedown for his first win of the season, 3-1.
141: No. 5 Brock Zacherl (CU) dec. Javier Gasca (MSU), 6-3
Zacherl scored first on a takedown, and though Gasca escaped, Zacherl secured another takedown before the end of the first. After a scoreless second period, Gasca began down in the third and recorded an escape, cutting the lead to 4-2. As the seconds ticked down in the third, Zacherl got a takedown and though Gasca got another escape, Zacherl got the 6-3 decision.
149: Taylor Ortz (CU) dec. Jwan Britton (MSU), 6-4
Britton tallied a takedown first, and Ortz cut the lead in half before the end of the period. In the second, Britton extended his lead to 4-1 with a reversal, though Ortz later got the escape. In the third, Ortz recorded four unanswered points off an escape, stalling call and takedown to earn a 6-4 decision.
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) tech. fall Mac Tanner (CU), 16-1
Tucker took a 10-0 lead in the first off a takedown and two four-point near falls. In the second, neither wrestler scored a point, but the in the third, Tucker continued the point frenzy, finishing with a 16-1 technical fall.
165: Max Wohlabaugh (CU) sudden victory Austin Hiles (MSU), 3-1
Both wrestlers were without a point after the first period, and Wohlabaugh got the first point of the match with an escape in the second. Hiles recorded the escape in the third period, evening the score at 1-all. In overtime, Wohlabaugh scored first and won with a 3-1 decision.
174: Dom Rigous (CU) sudden victory Logan Ritchie (MSU), 3-1
Scoreless after one, Rigous tallied an escape in the second period. Ritchie had over a minute of riding time to force overtime. After the first sudden victory period, and two tiebreakers, Rigous ended the match with a takedown in the last second of the second sudden victory period, winning 3-1.
184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Greg Bulsak (CU), 8-3
Neither wrestler yieled a point in the first frame, and Shadaia struck first with an escape and takedown in the second. Bulsak got his first point of the match with an escape, but Shadaia got another takedown before the end of the stanza to take a 5-1 lead into the third. Bulsak added two more points with an escape, but with another takedown from Shadaia and over a minute of riding time, Shadaia won his first home dual of the season by a score of 8-3.
197: Dustin Conti (CU) dec. Nick May (MSU), 3-2
A battle in the first period, Conti got on the board with an escape and takedown in the first. May recorded an escape, cutting into Conti's lead going into the third. May recorded an escape in the third to come within one point of the lead, but Conti held on for the 3-2 decision.
285: Christian Rebottaro (MSU) pinned Toby Cahill (CU), 2:50
Rebottaro tallied a quick takedown in the first, and while Cahill escaped, Rebottaro responded with a takedown and scrambled for the pin at just 2:50 in the first period. Rebottaro recorded his first pin in dual competition with the win.
Bout-By-Bout: vs. EMU
125: No. 17 Rayvon Foley (MSU) tech. fall Tomas Gutierrez (EMU), 19-3
While Gutierrez got the first takedown of the match, Foley responded with a takedown, four-point near fall and two-point near fall, taking an 8-2 lead before Gutierrez got an escape. Foley added six more points with a takedown and near fall before the second stanza. Adding five unanswered points, Foley earned a technical fall at 3:24 of the match.
133: Noah Gonser (EMU) pinned Logan Griffin (MSU), 6:45
Gonser recorded a takedown in the first, and after starting neutral in the second, Gonser added three more points with a takedown and stalling call on Griffin. In the third, Gonser got the pin at 6:45.
141: Javier Gasca (MSU) dec. Sa'Derian Perry (EMU), 5-2
Perry got the first points of the bout with a takedown, but Gasca evened the score with a reversal. In the second, Gasca began down and extended his lead with an escape and takedown. The redshirt-senior held onto his lead, winning his last regular season match as a Spartan, 5-2.
149: Austin Eicher (MSU) dec. Kyle Springer (EMU), 7-0
Eicher struck first with a takedown, and through a scoreless second period, Eicher tacked on five more points with an escape, takedown, stalling point from Springer and over three minutes of riding time for a 7-0 decision.
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) tech. fall J.J. Wolfe (CU), 19-4
Tucker jumped out a 6-0 lead with a takedown and four-point near fall in the first, and beginning down in the second frame, Tucker tacked on five additional points on an escape, takedown and two-point near fall. Wolfe snuck an escape in before the end of the second, but Tucker went on a frenzy of takedowns to secure the technical fall at 6:09 in the match.
165: Zac Carson (EMU) pinned Austin Hiles (MSU), 4:29
Hiles scored first with a takedown, but Carson jumped out to an 8-4 lead after the first. In the second, Carson chose down and recorded the escape, but Carson secured the pin at 4:29.
174: Andrew McNally (EMU) dec. Logan Ritchie (MSU), 9-5
McNally got the on the board with a takedown, but Ritchie took the lead off an escape and takedown. The second started neutral, and McNally regained his lead with a takedown and two-point near fall. Ritchie began the third period down, and though he recorded an escape, McNally added another takedown. Ritchie got a second escape in the period, but McNally had riding time locked up and earned a 9-5 decision.
184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Kayne MacCallum (EMU), 13-8
Shadaia earned the first takedown, allowing an escape for MacCallum before adding another two points with a takedown. MacCallum tallied another escape, cutting Shadaia's lead to 4-2. In the second, Shadaia recorded two more takedowns, but MacCallum got an escape and reversal. MacCallum cut Shadaia's lead to 8-6 with an escape in the third, but Shadaia continued to take down MacCallum, finishing with a 13-8 decision.
197: Derek Hillman (EMU) dec. Nick May (MSU), 6-5
Hillman picked up a two-point lead off a takedown, and May cut the gap to 2-1 with an escape. After a scoreless second, Hillman extended his lead to 4-1 with an escape and a point for a technical violation by May. May rallied with two takedowns late in the third, but with over two minutes of riding time for Hillman, he took a 6-5 decision.
HWT: Gage Hutchison (EMU) dec. Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 2-1
Scoreless after one period, Rebottaro started down in the second. The Spartan didn't get the escape point, but after a stalling call on Hutchison, Rebottaro took the 1-0 lead. In the third, Hutchison recorded an escape after starting down, and despite Rebottaro's close attempts at takedowns, Hutchison won with riding time, 2-1.
Michigan State 22, Clarion 15
125: No. 17 Rayvon Foley (MSU) tech. fall Gavin Park (CU), 24-8. MSU leads, 5-0.
133: Logan Griffin (MSU) sudden victory Roshaun Cooley (CU), 3-1. MSU leads, 8-0.
141: No. 5 Brock Zacherl (CU) dec. Javier Gasca (MSU), 6-3. MSU leads, 8-3.
149: Taylor Ortz (CU) dec. Jwan Britton (MSU), 6-4. MSU leads, 8-6.
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) tech. fall Mac Tanner (CU), 16-1. MSU leads, 13-6.
165: Max Wohlabaugh (CU) sudden victory Austin Hiles (MSU), 3-1. MSU leads, 13-9.
174: Dom Rigous (CU) sudden victory Logan Ritchie (MSU), 3-1. MSU leads, 13-12.
184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Greg Bulsak (CU), 8-3. MSU leads, 16-12.
197: Dustin Conti (CU) dec. Nick May (MSU), 3-2. MSU leads, 16-15.
HWT: Christian Rebottaro (MSU) pinned Toby Cahill (CU), 2:50, MSU wins, 22-15.
Eastern Michigan 21, Michigan State 19
125: No. 17 Rayvon Foley (MSU) tech. fall Tomas Gutierrez (EMU), 19-3. MSU leads, 5-0.
133: Noah Gonser (EMU) pinned Logan Griffin (MSU), 6:45. EMU leads, 6-5.
141: Javier Gasca (MSU) dec. Sa'Derian Perry (EMU), 5-2. MSU leads, 8-6.
149: Austin Eicher (MSU) dec. Kyle Springer (EMU), 7-0. MSU leads, 11-6.
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) tech. fall J.J. Wolfe (EMU), 19-4. MSU leads, 16-6.
165: Zac Carson (EMU) pinned Austin Hiles (MSU), 4:29. MSU leads, 16-12.
174: Andrew McNally (EMU) dec. Logan Ritchie (MSU), 9-5. MSU leads, 16-15.
184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Kayne MacCallum (EMU), 13-8. MSU leads, 19-15.
197: Derek Hillman (EMU) dec. Nick May (MSU), 6-5. MSU leads 19-18.
HWT: Gage Hutchison (EMU) dec. Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 2-1. EMU wins, 21-19.