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R.J. Boudro and Andy Simmons Capture Nittany Lion Open Titles
Andy Simmons improved to 14-1 on the season with a tournament championship on Sunday.
Andy Simmons improved to 14-1 on the season with a tournament championship on Sunday.

Dec. 4, 2005


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Both senior R.J. Boudro and junior All-American Andy Simmons posted 5-0 records en route to tournament titles as the Michigan State wrestling team competed at the Nittany Lion Open Sunday, Dec. 4, at Penn State University.

"I think we gained some valuable experience against some great competition," head coach Tom Minkel said. "We learned a great deal today, now we need to get home and prepare for the rest of the week."

Boudro won his first tournament of the season in impressive fashion, tallying a fall and four major decisions at 174 pounds. The Richmond, Mich., native outscored his opponents 52-13 to improve to 9-1 on the season.

In the finals, Boudro defeated Virginia Tech's Jay Borschel, 13-5. Borschel had notched four falls in five matches to reach the finals.

141-pounder Andy Simmons was not to be outdone by his fellow captain, scoring four major decisions in five matches to improve to 14-1 on the year. Simmons gave up a combined 13 points as well, scoring 55 on the day. He won his finals match over Hofstra's Charles Griffin 11-1, and now sits second on the team in victories 14.

Eight other Spartans placed, led by freshman Franklin Gomez who was runner-up at 125 pounds. Gomez went 4-1 on the day, losing a thrilling finals match with Penn State's Mark McKnight, 6-4. Gomez is now 12-3 on the season.



Jeff Clemens had his best outing of the season on Sunday, claiming fourth at 197 pounds, while Tim Hammer matched his MSU Open performance, finishing fifth at 141 pounds.

Eddie Skowneski at 149 pounds, Tony Greathouse at 157 pounds, Justin Mora at 165 pounds, Jeremy Bloom at 174 pounds and Max Lossen at 285 pounds all came away with seventh-place finishes.

The Spartan wrestling team competes in two dual meets this week, as they face intrastate rival Central Michigan on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and host Cleveland State on Saturday, Dec. 10.


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