Sixteen Spartans Place at MSU Open
David Cheza (157 pounds) and Nick Proctor (165) win individual titles.
Nov. 13, 2011
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EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan State wrestling program hosted the MSU Open all day Saturday at Jenison Field House. The event featured more than 600 wrestlers and over 29 schools were represented from around the country. Wrestlers competed in both a freshman/sophomore division and an open division.
The Spartans had 16 wrestlers place in the top six on the day, including individual titles from David Cheza in the 157-pound open division and Nick Proctor in the 165-pound freshman/sophomore division.
"Every single guy wrestled very, very hard," MSU head coach Tom Minkel said. "I am enormously proud of this group. Every guy gave everything they had. We had as good a tournament that we have had here and the field was tougher this year than it ever has been."
The depth of the Spartan wrestling team was on display at the MSU Open. Michigan State placed wrestlers in nine different weight classes and 16 placed in the top-six of the tournament in either the open or the freshman/sophomore division.
"We have really good depth, and really good commitment from a lot of guys," Minkel said. "When half of your team places in a tournament like this, you are on the right track.
David Cheza was the top finisher in the open division, winning an individual title in the 157-pound bracket. The senior opened up the tournament with a fall against Tyler Loethen of Northern Illinois in 2:26, then recorded an 8-1 decision over Patrick Robinson of Purdue. In the quarterfinals Cheza defeated Dylan Marriott of Northwestern 8-1, and then beat Jake O'Hara of Columbia, 6-1 in the semifinals. In the championship match he notched a 5-2 decision over Elias Larson of Trine University.
"He did not give up a takedown the whole tournament," Minkel said of Cheza. "Cheza is certainly on track and he is very focused and committed to winning a national title and this was a good step in that direction."
Junior Eric Olanowski placed fourth in the open division at 125 pounds, finishing with a 2-2 record. Olanowski fell to Joe Roth of Central Michigan in the third-place match, 9-4.
Sophomore Brenan Lyon placed sixth at 125 pounds and responded after losing his first match with three straight pins. Lyon finished the day 4-2.
Brandon Fifield placed sixth in the freshman/sophomore division at 133 pounds.
Junior Dan Osterman placed second at 149 pounds and finished 4-1. Osterman had a takedown in the third period against Mike Hillock of Michigan and won a close 3-2 decision in the semifinals. Osterman lost to Taylor Walsh of Indiana, 3-2, in the championship match.
Also at 149 pounds, freshman Roger Wildmo placed sixth with a 5-2 record. Wildmo recorded three falls and a major decision throughout the tournament.
Anthony Jones Jr. placed third in the 157-pound class, finishing 4-1. Jones lost a 4-3 decision to Elias Larson in the quarterfinals but came back to beat Jake O'Hara of Columbia, 9-5, to take third.
Nick Proctor went undefeated in the 165-pound freshman/sophomore division and finished 5-0. Proctor picked up a 3-2 decision over Mike Ottinger of Central Michigan in the championship match.
Senior Curran Jacobs placed fourth in the 174-pound class with a 3-2 record. Jacobs lost an 8-5 decision to Justin Zeerip of Michigan and suffered an injury in the semifinal match. Jacobs was forced to injury default in the third-place match.
Fellow senior Ian Hinton placed second at 184 pounds and finished 4-1. Hinton won four consecutive matches and then faced Ben Bennett of Central Michigan in the championship match. Bennett recorded a fall over Hinton in 2:34.
John Rizqallah placed fifth at 184 pounds and finished 4-1 in the tournament.
Nick McDiarmid took second place in the 197-pound class.
The Spartans return to action Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. against Eastern Michigan. The match will be wrestled at IM West.
OPEN DIVISION 125 pounds - Eric Olanowski (4th) 125 pounds - Brenan Lyon (6th) 149 pounds - Dan Osterman (2nd) 149 pounds - Roger Wildmo (6th) 157 pounds - David Cheza (1st) 157 pounds - Anthony Jones Jr. (3rd) 165 pounds - Troy Lamson (6th) 174 pounds - Curran Jacobs (4th) 184 pounds - Ian Hinton (2nd) 184 pounds - John Rizqallah (5th) 197 pounds - Nick McDiarmid (2nd) Heavyweight - Michael McClure (2nd) Heavyweigth - Steve Andrus (6th)