Dec. 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 11 Mike McClure recorded a major decision over sixth-ranked Connor Medbery at heavyweight, but the Michigan State wrestling team fell to Wisconsin, 30-7, in the Big Ten opener Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House. John Rizqallah also recorded a victory over a ranked wrestler with a 6-4 win over No. 15 Jackson Hein at 184 pounds.
The Badgers (8-3, 2-0 Big Ten) won the first seven matches of the dual before Rizqallah's win at 184 and McClure's major decision at heavyweight.
In the first match after intermission, Bobby Nash battled Frank Cousins to a 3-3 tie after three periods at 165 pounds, but Cousins notched a takedown just 13 seconds into the sudden victory period to win 5-3.
Rizqallah put MSU on the board with a solid 6-4 decision against Hein at 184. Rizqallah led the entire match, beginning with a takedown midway through the first. He added a takedown with 40 seconds left in the second period to go up 5-1, but Hein trimmed the lead to 5-4 late in the third. With a 1:07 advantage in riding time, Rizqallah held off Hein in the final seconds and tacked on an extra point to record the 6-4 win.
At 197 pounds, Nick McDiarmid lost a hard-fought decision to Timmy McCall, 3-2. With the match tied at 1 in the third period, McCall delivered a takedown with 45 seconds left, which proved to be the difference.
In the marquee match of the dual at heavyweight, McClure led the entire way as he avenged a 6-2 loss to Medbery from last season. McClure recorded a takedown one minute into the match, and registered his second takedown of the dual with a double leg midway through the second to go up 4-2. McClure was dominant in the third period, as he had a reversal, takedown and near-fall points while recording 2:17 of riding time to walk away with the 12-4 major decision.
Michigan State will take a break from dual action and travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the Northern Iowa Open on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Wisconsin 30, Michigan State 7
125: No. 19 Ryan Taylor (UW) major dec. Hermilo Esquivel (MSU), 18-6. UW leads, 4-0
133: No. 5 Tyler Graff (UW) major dec. Garth Yenter (MSU), 23-9. UW leads, 8-0
141: Jesse Thielke (UW) tech. fall Brian Gibbs (MSU), 17-2. UW leads, 13-0
149: TJ Ruschell (UW) dec. Matt Pasqualini (MSU), 9-3. UW leads, 16-0
157: No. 10 Isaac Jordan (UW) major dec. Roger Wildmo (MSU), 8-0. UW leads, 20-0
165: Frank Cousins (UW) sudden victory Bobby Nash (MSU), 5-3. UW leads, 23-0
174: Scott Liegel (UW) major dec. Kevin Nash (MSU), 10-0. UW leads, 27-0
184: John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. No. 15 Jackson Hein (UW), 6-4. UW leads, 27-3
197: Timmy McCall (UW) dec. Nick McDiarmid (MSU), 3-2. UW leads, 30-3
HWT: No. 11 Mike McClure (MSU) major dec. No. 6 Connor Medbery (UW), 12-4. UW wins, 30-7