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Michigan State Topped By No. 17 Central Michigan Friday

Nov. 17, 2017

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling won the first two bouts, but was later overtaken by No. 17 Central Michigan, dropping a 31-9 contest Friday night at CMU’s McGuirk Arena in the Spartans’ first dual of the season.

“There were seven guys that wrestled in their first college dual tonight and I told the guys to be the reason that we can have success now,” Michigan State head coach Roger Chandler said. “I believe our guys are going to continue to evolve from the experience that they had today wrestling against a team like Central Michigan.”

Freshman Rayvon Foley started off the meet at 125 pounds with a 9-6 decision over Drew Hildebrandt, earning his first dual win in the Green and White.

“Rayvon wrestles at a pace that is hard to adapt to. He’s not worried about giving up points,” Chandler said. “He’s just worried about wrestling the entire match and always looking to put points on the board. For him to be wrestling in his first college dual meet, when he was just wrestling in high school, it shows a lot of maturity on his part from a competitive standpoint.”

The Spartans picked up a second bout win at 133 by redshirt freshman Nathan Ellis in a sudden victory, 3-1, before CMU won the next four bouts.

“I’m really happy with the poise of Nathan Ellis,” Chandler added. “It was the first college dual meet for him. It’s not always easy going out there the first time on the big stage. He kept his composure the whole time and did what he needed to do to win the match.”

At 174, redshirt freshman Austin Hiles was able to rebound from a 9-1 deficit for a thrilling 12-10 victory over No. 14 CJ Brucki with a takedown just before the buzzer for the win.

“That’s a great story. Austin Hiles was 0-4 on the year and he’s actually a 165-pounder, but he bumped up to 174 pounds to help the team out because Drew Hughes is out with an injury,” Chandler said. “At one point, he went down with an injury in the match and gave up four points within six seconds, but he came all the way back, tied the match up to send it to overtime and beat a guy who is ranked 14th in the country. That’s a great win for him. I know he’ll continue to grow from that victory, and that it will catapult him to more success in his career.”

The Chippewas countered by winning the last three bouts to seal the match win.

“There were definitely some bright spots, but there was also a lot we have to work on as a team. When you wrestle some of the best teams in the country, it exposes some of your weaknesses. We’re going to go back to work, address those issues and continue to get better.”

Michigan State will take a week off before traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 1-2.


125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Drew Hildebrandt (CMU), 9-6
Hildebrandt jumped out to a 2-0 lead with an early takedown. Foley later cut the gap in half with an escape then scored a takedown for a 3-2 advantage. Hildebrandt tied it after Foley was penalized for locking hands, then scored a takedown in the waning seconds of the first period for a 5-3 lead after the opening stanza. Just like he did in the first frame, Foley scored a point on an escape which was immediately followed with a takedown to regain the lead at 6-5. The Spartan tacked on another takedown early in the third for an 8-6 lead, and added riding time for the 9-6 decision.

133: Nathan Ellis (MSU) dec. Deven Perez (CMU), 3-1 SV-1
After a scoreless opening frame, Perez scored an escape in the second, but Ellis countered with an escape of his own to level the bout at 1-all early in the third. The score remained tied through the rest of regulation, sending the bout to overtime. In the extra frame, Ellis come out aggressive and got a early takedown for the 3-1 sudden victory decision.

141: No. 20 Mason Smith (CMU) tech. fall Alex Hrisopoulos (MSU), 16-0
Smith jumped out to a 6-0 lead and added a four-point nearfall for a 10-0 lead and added two more for a 12-o advantage. The Chip added four more back points for a 16-0 tech fall victory.

149: No. 5 Justin Oliver (CMU) maj. dec. Austin Thompson (MSU), 15-2
Oliver got an early takedown for a 2-0 gap, but Thompson cut the margin in half with an escape part-way through the first period. The ranked Oliver added another takedown early in the second stanza and another a short time later for a 6-1 advantage. A four-point near-fall gave Oliver a 10-1 lead, which remained the score through the second. In the third, Oliver registered a pair of takedowns sandwiched around a Thompson escape and adding the riding time for a 15-2 major decision.

157: No. 13 Colin Heffernan (CMU) maj. dec. Jake Tucker (MSU), 18-5
Heffernan opened with a 2-0 lead on takedown, before Tucker tallied an escape. The CMU wrestler added another takedown later in the first frame for a 4-1 lead before Tucker recorded another escape to close to 4-2 but Heffernan added another takedown before the end of the second stanza for a 6-2 advantage entering the final frame. Heffernan erupted for several more takedowns, and posted an 18-5 major decision.

165: Logan Parks (CMU) dec. Logan Ritchie (MSU), 8-3
In the first bout after intermission, action was scoreless through the first period, before Parks scored an escape early in the second. Parks added a two-point near-fall midway through the middle frame, and four more back points for a 7-0 lead. Ritchie got a takedown and escape to cut the margin to 7-3, but Parks added an escape and riding time for an 8-3 decision.

174: Austin Hiles (MSU) dec. No. 14 CJ Brucki (CMU), 12-10
Brucki bolted out of the gate with a quick takedown and a very early 2-0 lead. Hiles cut the margin to 2-1 with an escape, but Brucki added another takedown late in the first and got a reversal in the final seconds for a 6-1 advantage at the end of the opening period, which had an injury timeout after Hiles suffered a knee injury. An escape out of the opening position and another takedown opened up a 9-1 gap for Brucki. Hiles cut the margin to 9-4 after two periods with an escape and a takedown, and opened the third frame with another escape and added a takedown to close to 8-7. Brucki posted a takedown for a 10-7 lead, but Hiles countered with a takedown to get within 10-9. Hiles got an escape to tie it up at 10-10 and got a takedown in the final seconds to complete the comeback for a 12-10 thrilling decision victory.

184: Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) fall Nick May (MSU), 3:24
Ellingwood erupted for an 8-0 lead with a takedown and a near-fall after the first frame. An escape to open the second frame made it 9-0, and Ellingwood got a takedown for an 11-0 lead before pinning May at 3:24.

197: Jordan Atienza (CMU) dec. Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 1-0
The bout was scoreless through two periods before Atienza scored an escape out of the third-period starting position.

HWT: Matt Stencel (CMU) fall Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 1:11
Stencel scored an early takedown for a 2-0 lead before Rebottaro countered with an escape to close to 2-1, but Stencel regained control and pinned Rebottaro at 1:11 to end the match.

No. 17 Central Michigan 31, Michigan State 9
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Drew Hildebrandt (CMU), 9-6; MSU leads, 3-0
133: Nathan Ellis (MSU) dec. Deven Perez (CMU), 3-1 SV-1; MSU leads, 6-0
141: No. 20 Mason Smith (CMU) tech. fall Alex Hrisopoulos (MSU), 16-0; MSU leads, 6-5
149: No. 5 Justin Oliver (CMU) maj. dec. Austin Thompson (MSU), 15-2; CMU leads, 9-6
157: No. 13 Colin Heffernan (CMU) maj. dec. Jake Tucker (MSU), 18-5; CMU leads, 13-6
165: Logan Parks (CMU) dec. Logan Ritchie (MSU), 8-3; CMU leads, 16-6
174: Austin Hiles (MSU) dec. No. 14 CJ Brucki (CMU), 12-10; CMU leads, 16-9
184: Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) fall Nick May (MSU), 3:24; CMU leads, 22-9
197: Jordan Atienza (CMU) dec. Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 1-0; CMU leads, 25-9
HWT: Matt Stencel (CMU) fall Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 1:11; CMU wins, 31-9
Attendance: 902



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