Nov. 30, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State wrestling team fell to No. 17 Edinboro, 22-12, Friday night at Jenison Field House in the home opener for the Spartans. MSU (1-1) led 12-9 after seven matches, but the Fighting Scots (1-0) rallied to win the last three weight classes, fueled by a major decision at 125 and a fall at 133, to record the 10-point victory.
"When you're young and facing a team like Ebinboro, it's tough, but you have to go out there and understand that you have to fight for positions and be hard-nosed," said Minkel. "You can't be casual about what you're doing at all. If you do that, you can have a lot of success. We have to understand that it's not going to be easy. We need all 10 guys to stand up and be solid. If we do that, we're going to be fine."
The dual, which started at 149 pounds, went back-and-forth early as the two teams traded victories in the first four weight classes. No. 18 Dave Habat of Edinboro began the night with a 3-1 decision over Dan Osterman, but Spartan senior David Cheza controlled Michael DePalma in the 157 match, 5-0, compiling an impressive 4:26 of riding time.
Ebinboro's 16th-ranked Johnny Greisheimer produced a 4-0 decision against Ryan Watts at 165 pounds to put the Fighting Scots back on top, 6-3.
MSU then won three of the next four matches to take a 12-9 advantage. At 174, true freshman Jordan Wohlfert, in his home debut, claimed an exciting win in the second sudden victory overtime period with a 5-3 decision over Patrick Jennings.
With the score tied at 0 in the second period, Wohlfert tallied a reversal at the 1:10 mark, but quickly gave up a reversal 20 seconds later to Jennings that tied it at 2. Wohlfert escaped with 20 seconds left in the period to go up, 3-2. In the third, Jennings kept Wohlfert down and came up with a 1:28 riding time advantage, which sent the match into overtime. After a scoreless first overtime, Wohlfert broke the stalemate with a takedown just 14 seconds into the second sudden victory.
"Jordan epitomizes what we're really looking for," said Minkel. "You have to be in the match, you have to be gritty, and when you have a chance to win it, you have to find a way to win it. I couldn't be any more proud of Jordan tonight."
"I've always envisioned, ever since I've been little, of wrestling on a platform, especially when I signed with Michigan State," said Wohlfert, a St. Johns, Mich., native who is now 9-2 this season. "I may not have wrestled how I wanted to, but getting that win and sticking through it means a lot."
Sophomore John Rizqallah won his second dual match of the season with a commanding 5-1 victory over Vince Pickett at 184 pounds that gave MSU a 9-6 edge.
The Fighting Scots tied it at 9 as Warren Bosch beat Nick McDiarmid, 6-4, in sudden victory. McDiarmid led 3-1 early in the third period, but allowed a takedown and then gave up a point due to a false start penalty and found himself trailing, 4-3. He tied it at 4 with an escape later in the third before giving up a takedown with 20 seconds left in the first sudden victory period to drop the 6-4 decision.
In the marquee matchup of the night, No. 12 Mike McClure remained undefeated with a 2-0 shutout win against No. 20 Ernest James. McClure also defeated James in the MSU Open semifinals, 4-2. After a scoreless first period, McClure notched an escape early in the second and never looked back. He then held down James the entire third period and accumulated a total of 1:56 of riding time to improve to 11-0 on the season.
"Mike has paid his dues and he's worked exceptionally hard to get where he's at," Minkel said. "You can see the fruits of his labor and how hard he's worked. There are some things he can do to improve as well, but he's doing an outstanding job."
Unfortunately for the Spartans, they couldn't hold onto the 12-9 lead, as Edinboro won the final three matches. Kory Mines had a 13-2 major decision over Josh Heinzer at 125 pounds, and fifth-ranked A.J. Schopp pinned Christian Olanowski just 1:16 into the first period at 133. In the final match at 141 pounds, No. 5 Mitchell Port held off Nick Trimble, 3-0.
"If we're going to have success as a team, everybody has to look at where they're at," remarked Minkel. "We can't accept where we're at. We have to understand that we have to make improvements and make them right away. We'll come in on Monday and watch the tape and prioritize the needs for each guy. It's November, and we have a lot of wrestling to go. We can have a good season, but it's going to take everybody."
Michigan State will travel to Madison, Wis., next Friday to take on the Badgers at 8 p.m. ET in the Big Ten opener.
No. 17 Edinboro 22, Michigan State 12
149: No. 18 Dave Habat (EU) dec. Dan Osterman (MSU) 3-1. EU leads, 3-0
157: David Cheza (MSU) dec. Michael DePalma (EU) 5-0. Match is tied at 3-3
165: No. 16 Johnny Greisheimer (EU) dec. Ryan Watts (MSU) 4-0. EU leads 6-3
174: Jordan Wohlfert (MSU) dec. Patrick Jennings (EU) 5-3 SV2. Match is tied at 6
184: John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Vince Pickett (EU) 5-1. MSU leads 9-6
197: Warren Bosch (EU) dec. Nick McDiarmid (MSU) 6-4 SV1. Match tied at 9
HWT: No. 12 Mike McClure (MSU) dec. No. 20 Ernest James 2-0. MSU leads 12-9
125: Kory Mines (EU) major dec. Josh Heinzer (MSU) 13-2. Edinboro leads 13-12
133: No. 5 A.J. Schopp (EU) pinned Christian Olanowski (MSU) 1:16 into match. Edinboro leads 19-12.
141: No. 5 Mitchell Port (EU) dec. Nick Trimble (MSU) 3-0. Edinboro wins 22-12.
Michigan State vs. Edinboro - Play-by-Play
149 - Dan Osterman (MSU) vs. No. 18 Dave Habat (EU)
1:15 Osterman E1 (1-0)
1:49 Habat R2 (1-2)
Habat riding time, 2:30
Habat (EU) dec. Osterman (MSU), 3-1; EU leads, 3-0
157 - David Cheza (MSU) vs. Michael DePalma (EU)
2:37 Cheza TD2 (2-0)
1:56 Cheza R2 (4-0)
Cheza riding time, 4:26
Cheza (MSU) dec. DePalma (EU), 5-0; Tied, 3-3
165 - Ryan Watts (MSU) vs. No. 16 Johnny Greisheimer (EU)
1:56 Greisheimer TD2 (0-2)
1:51 Greisheimer E1 (0-3)
Greisheimer riding time, 3:27
Greisheimer (EU) dec. Watts (MSU), 4-0; EU leads, 6-3
174 - Jordan Wohlfert (MSU) vs. Patrick Jennings (EU)
1:10 Wohlfert R2 (2-0)
0:50 Jennings R2 (2-2)
0:20 Wohlfert E1 (3-2)
Jennings riding time, 1:28 (3-3)
0:46 Wohlfert TD2 (5-3)
Wohlfert (MSU) dec. Jennings (EU), 5-3; Tied, 6-6
184 - John Rizqallah (MSU) vs. Vince Pickett (EU)
1:26 Rizqallah TD2 (2-0)
0:32 Rizqallah illegal move (2-1)
Rizqallah down 1:34 Rizqallah R2 (4-1)
Rizqallah riding time, 2:38
Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Jennings (EU), 5-1; MSU leads, 9-6
197 - Nick McDiarmid (MSU) vs. Warren Bosch (EU)
1:40 Bosch E1 (0-1)
0:55 McDiarmid TD2 (2-1)
1:58 McDiarmid E1 (3-1)
1:35 Bosch TD2 (3-3)
1:28 McDiarmid false start (3-4)
1:18 McDiarmid E1 (4-4)
0:20 Bosch TD2 (4-6)
Bosch (EU) dec. McDiarmid (MSU), 6-4; Tied, 9-9
HWT - No. 12 Mike McClure (MSU) vs. No. 20 Ernest James (EU)
1:55 McClure E1 (1-0)
McClure riding time, 1:56
McClure (MSU) dec. James (EU), 2-0; MSU leads, 12-9
125 - Josh Heinzer (MSU) vs. Kory Mines (EU)
0:44 Mines TD2 (0-2)
0:16 Mines NF2 (0-4)
1:50 Heinzer E1 (1-4)
1:50 Mines R2 (1-6)
1:11 Mines NF2 (1-8)
0:37 Heinzer E1 (2-8)
0:10 Mines TD2 (2-10)
0:05 Mines NF2 (2-12)
Mines riding time, 2:00
Mines (EU) major dec. Heinzer (MSU), 13-2; EU leads, 13-12
133 - Christian Olanowski (MSU) vs. No. 5 A.J. Schopp
2:50 Schopp TD2 (2-0)
2:15 Schopp NF3 (5-0)
1:44 Schopp fall
Schopp (EU) pinned Olanowski (MSU) in 1:16; EU leads, 19-12
141 - Nick Trimble (MSU) vs. No. 5 Mitchell Port (EU)
Port R2 (0-2)
Port riding time, 3:44
Port (EU) dec. Trimble (MSU), 3-0; EU wins, 22-12