Dec. 3, 2009
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Michigan State wrestling team defeated Eastern Michigan, 26-9, on Thursday (Dec. 3) night to improve to 3-1 on the season. EMU is now 2-1-1 on the year.
"It was an excellent team effort tonight," said Spartan head coach Tom Minkel. "We had some tough, hard-fought matches, and I think this was the best team effort we've had in some time."
The match started at 174 pounds where Ian Hinton defeated EMU's Nick Hendrick, 5-1. After an Eagle win at 184 pounds, Tyler Dickenson at 197 and heavyweight Alan O'Donnell put MSU on top, 10-6, when they each recorded victories.
"I was pleased we were able to keep our composure and stay on task early on," Minkel said. "I feel like we've made some good progress in the last couple weeks, and hopefully, we continue to improve."
The Eagles 18th-ranked Chris Jenkins slashed the MSU lead to 10-9 when he defeated Eric Olanowski at 125 pounds but that would be as close as EMU would get, as the Spartans claimed the night's final five matches.
No. 1-ranked Franklin Gomez won his 22nd consecutive match at 133 pounds to start the Spartans' winning streak, followed by freshman Dan Osterman, who registered a major-decision win (15-6) over Andrew Novak at 141 pounds.
"We were all pleased with Danny," said Minkel. "He is a freshman but wrestles like a seasoned veteran. He stepped up and did what we expected him to do tonight."
The Spartans will return to action at the Nittany Lion Open this Sunday (Dec. 6) in State College, Pa.
MICHIGAN STATE 26, EASTERN MICHIGAN 9
174 lbs.: Ian Hinton (MSU) dec. Nick Hendrick (EMU), 5-1 MSU 3, EMU 0
184 lbs.: Phillip Joseph (EMU) fall Nick Palmieri (MSU), 1:27 EMU 6, MSU 3
197 lbs.: Tyler Dickenson (MSU) maj. dec. Josh Lewis (EMU), 12-3 MSU 7, EMU 6
HWT: Alan O'Donnell (MSU) dec. David Wade (EMU), 2-1 MSU 10, EMU 6
125 lbs.: No. 18 Chris Jenkins (EMU) dec. Eric Olanowski (MSU), 5-0 MSU 10, EMU 9
133 lbs.: No. 1 Franklin Gomez (MSU) dec. Sean Clair (EMU), 4-2 MSU 13, EMU 9
141 lbs.: Dan Osterman (MSU) maj. dec. Andrew Novak (EMU), 15-6 MSU 17, EMU 9
149 lbs.: David Cheza (MSU) dec. J.J. Johnson (EMU), 6-2 MSU 20, EMU 9
157 lbs.: Anthony Jones Jr. (MSU) dec. Aaron Sulzer (EMU), 5-4 MSU 23, EMU 9
165 lbs.: Kyle Bounds (MSU) dec. Justin Brandel (EMU), 8-2 MSU 26, EMU 9