Nov. 11, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling hosted the annual MSU Open on Sunday at Jenison Field House with more than 29 schools from around the country competing in the event. The Spartans placed 10 wrestlers in the tournament and Michael McClure placed first in the open division at 285 pounds and Ryan Watts placed second at 157.
"There are some matches that I felt really pleased in and we really made some progress," head coach Tom Minkel said. "You can never get too pleased because for every good thing that happens there are two or three things that need to be corrected. The bottom line is we got to see a lot of competition, get a lot of matches in and we will be able to make some adjustments and improvements after this."
Michael McClure took first place at heavyweight, beating Jeremy Johnson of Ohio in the finals, 3-1 in overtime. McClure pinned Jory Hamilton in his first match in 0:57, won a 6-1 decision over Jake Ceslick of Olivet and another 6-1 decision over Theodore Furnish of Lindsey Wilson. In the semifinals, McClure defeated Ernest James of Edinboro, 4-2 and finished the tournament with a 5-0 record.
Ryan Watts finished in second place at 157 pounds and dropped a 3-1 decision to Mike Depalma of Columbia in the finals match. After receiving a bye, Watts recorded a 7-3 decision over Elias Larson of Trine University and defeated Ben Sullivan of Northwestern, 8-7, to advance to the finals.
In the freshman/sophomore division, Hermilo Esquivel took third place after defeating teammate Garth Yenter, 7-0. Esquivel advanced to the third place match by pinning Alfredo Gray of Kent State in 2:38 and notched two wins by fall in the tournament.
Yenter took fourth place after falling to Esquivel and moved on to the third place match with a 14-9 decision over Tyler Heminger of Ohio.
Nick Trimble took sixth place in the freshman/sophomore division at 141 pounds after being pinned by Mike Shaw of Eastern Michigan in the fifth place match. Trimble fought back through the consolation bracket and won a 12-2 major decision over Roy Jones of Kennedy King College and a close 2-1 decision over Chris Rau of Eastern Michigan.
At 285 pounds, Chris Nash took sixth place in the freshman/sophomore division after suffering an injury before the semifinal match. Nash notched a major decision over Clint Endicott of Indiana Tech in his first match and pinned Carlos Lugo of Ohio State in 4:32 to advance to the semifinals before forfeiting.
In the open division, Dan Osterman placed fourth at 149 pounds and was forced to forfeit due to injury after his consolation semifinals match. In the semifinals, Osterman lost a tough 3-2 decision to David Habat of Edinboro, before winning an 8-5 decision over Donnie Corby of Central Michigan.
Freshman Jordan Wohlfert took second place after falling to Steve West of Columbia in the finals, 3-1. Wohlfert reached the semifinals with a 5-2 decision over Stephen McPeek of Bucknell and defeated Caleb Bunson of Northern Illinois in the semifinals, 9-3, to advance to the finals.
At 184 pounds, John Rizqallah placed sixth after he was forced to forfeit due to an injury. Rizqallah won by fall over Chad Ulmer of Manchester in 3:54 and defeated Jameel Bryant of Lindsey Wilson, 2-1 in his first two matches. In the semifinals, Rizqallah lost by fall to Brandon Johnson of Notre Dame College.
Luke Jones took fourth at 197 pounds after falling to Conner Hartmann of Duke, 5-4. Jones defeated Nick Mills of Columbia with an 8-5 decision to move on to the third-place match and went 3-2 in the open.
Next up, the Spartans travel to take on Eastern Michigan on Friday, Nov. 16 to begin their dual season.