Foley’s Title Paces Solid Spartan Showing At EMU Open Saturday
Spartans win eight medals overall at the open tournament.
YPSILANTI, Mich. -
In its second open tournament of the season, Michigan State wrestling garnered eight medals at the Eastern Michigan Open on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Eastern Michigan Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
“Today was mixed with results,” head coach Roger Chandler said. “Our expectation is that our team competes, adjusts and gets better each time they step on that mat. Many of our young guys did that today, and I am pleased to see their competitiveness.”
Leading the way for the Spartans in the freshman/sophomore division was freshman Rayvon Foley winning the title at 125 pounds. Foley was undefeated through four matches, earning three decisions on his way to the final match. In the title bout, he defeated Drew West of Northern Illinois in a major decision, 23-12, to win the first open tournament of his career.
“Rayvon Foley continues to impress all of us with how hard he wrestles,” Chandler said. “He makes in-match adjustments, which shows his maturity and growth in his short time with our program. Making adjustments during a wrestling match and being able to execute is the sign of a championship level wrestler. He never stops attacking and is always looking to put points on the board from all positions.”
In the open division, redshirt freshman Jake Tucker claimed second place at 157 pounds. Tucker rolled through the first four matches, picking up two major decisions and two decisions, but fell in the medal round to Pitt’s Taleb Rahmani in a fall at 2:01.
“Jake Tucker continues to improve each day. I thought his match control was much improved over last week,” Chandler said. “I have emphasized with him about being able to control and dictate the pace of his matches. He did that today. He is going to continue to improve and do big things for our program and today was a big step forward.”
Redshirt freshman Jwan Britton finished third in the open division at 149 pounds, starting off the tournament with a decision and a major decision and advancing to the semifinals. Britton dropped a close decision in the semifinal, 3-2, but rebounded in the match for third, taking a 7-3 decision over Alex Caffey from Pitt.
“Jwan Britton wrestled well today and wrestled more like we expect out of him,” Chandler said. “He was attacking and being tough on top. It was good to see him getting back to being himself.”
True freshman 184-pounder Cameron Caffey jumped to the open division after competing in the freshman/sophomore divison at the MSU Open on Nov. 5. Caffey started off the day with a fall at 3:46 in his first match, advancing to the semifinal round after claiming a second win from a decision. Caffey was downed in the semifinal match, but ended in fourth place in consolation.
Rounding out the open division medal finishers, redshirt freshman Christian Rebottaro took sixth place at 285 pounds. Rebottaro lost his first match of the day, but bounced back to earn a decision, sudden victory and fall at 4:29.
“Christian Rebottaro showed vast improvements over last week,” Chandler added. “He is a student of the sport, and he made big adjustments from last week which showed today.”
Representing the Spartans in the freshman/sophomore division, freshman 197-pounder Brad Wilton took third, logging a fall at 7:39, decision and major decision to earn the third-place medal.
“Brad Wilton is a physical and strong wrestler,” Chandler said. “He expects to win every time he steps out on the mat. His intensity on the mat will continue to allow him to improve each day.”
Freshmen Jaden Enriquez and Austen Malczewski claimed sixth place at 141 pounds and 174 pounds, respectively, completing the medal finishes from Green and White wrestlers.
“All in all there were some good things that happened today but we have to be much better as a team. We need to dictate the pace of matches, control positions better and take advantage of our scoring opportunities.”
The Spartans take on their first dual match of the season on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., tangling with No. 17 Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.