Wrestling Falls to No. 11 Central Michigan on Senior Night
Feb. 22, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seventh-ranked Mike McClure defeated fifth-ranked Jarod Trice at heavyweight in a thrilling overtime match, but the Michigan State wrestling team fell to No. 11 Central Michigan, 27-10, Friday on Senior Night at Jenison Field House.
"This was certainly a hard-fought match," said Michigan State head coach Tom Minkel. "Our kids fought tooth and nail, every kid, every match, every period. It was a battle; there were a number of matches that could have gone either way. I'm really proud of our kids. It's easy if you've been struggling to cave in, but our kids have not done that. They're resilient young men and most of them are in their very early years of college wrestling."
In the first-ever matchup between the two wrestlers, McClure and Trice battled for two overtimes until McClure was declared the winner due to a nine-second riding time advantage in the extra periods. He improved his record to 29-3 for the season.
Neither wrestler scored in the first period, and an escape by McClure in the second and Trice in the third set up the showdown in overtime.
After a scoreless sudden victory period, McClure held Trice down for 22 seconds in the first tiebreaker before Trice escaped, while McClure escaped in just 13 seconds. That nine-second advantage proved to be the difference, as neither wrestler would score during the next round of overtimes, giving McClure the hard-fought 3-2 victory.
"The margin of victory and error is very, very small," said Minkel. "They're both outstanding heavyweights who are very talented. Neither one of them really got much of an advantage. But it came down to riding time, and Mike had nine more seconds, which was huge. But what I'm really proud of is that Mike kept his composure. He stayed on course from the first second to the last second, and that's what it takes to be a big-time wrestler. He showed real maturity - that was a good lesson for all of us."
The dual began at 141 pounds, as CMU's Scott Mattingly recorded a 4-0 shutout over Nick Trimble.
Wrestling for the final time on the platform at Jenison Field House, senior Dan Osterman fought to the end but came up just short in a 3-2 decision to Donnie Corby at 141 pounds. Corby notched the winning takedown with only one minute left in the third. Osterman escaped with 29 seconds left to cut the lead to 3-2, but couldn't come up with a takedown in the final seconds.
"Danny's been the heart of our team for a number of years," Minkel said. "He works so hard and is enormously committed, not only to his wrestling, but to the team and the program. I'm certain he'll do well at the Big Ten Championships; no one will want to wrestle him. And hopefully he can do well at the NCAAs."
The Spartans scored their first win of the dual in the 157-pound match, as Ryan Watts controlled Luke Smith right from the start in the 7-3 victory. Watts delivered a takedown 37 seconds into the match and never trailed, taking complete command following a takedown and near-fall points midway through the second period. The Chippewas (17-3) bounced back with three straight wins at 165, 174 and 184 pounds to build an 18-3 lead, including bonus points with a major decision at 174 and a technical fall at 184.
Luke Jones halted CMU's run with a 10-1 major decision over Jackson Lewis at 197 pounds. Jones improved to 21-13 on the season with a dominating performance. He quickly recorded a takedown just 11 seconds into the first period and never looked back, adding near fall points to close the opening period to go up, 5-0. He added a takedown each in the second and third periods and accumulated nearly five minutes (4:54) of riding time.
Following the marathon match at heavyweight, No. 11 Christian Cullinan beat Brenan Lyon at 125 pounds, 5-0, and sixth-ranked Scotti Sentes pinned Brandon Fifield at 133 pounds in 1:39 to close out the dual.
The Spartans (4-14) will now have two weeks off before the Big Ten Championships, which are set for March 9-10 in Champaign, Ill.
No. 11 Central Michigan 27, Michigan State 10
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