Five Spartan Wrestlers Place At Cleveland State Open
Jwan Britton leads the way with a third-place finish at 149 pounds.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Sixteen members of the Michigan State wrestling team competed in the Cleveland State Open on Saturday held at the CSU Wooding Gymnasium. A total of five Spartans medaled at the event, highlighted by a third-place finish by redshirt freshman Jwan Britton at 149 pounds.
“Overall, it was a good experience. We got a lot of matches in, which is good. It was good to have basically half of our roster competing today,” Michigan State assistant coach Chris Williams said. “There were definitely some standouts, highlighted by Jwan Britton making the semifinals and he wrestled a very good tournament. He got caught in a crazy position in the semifinals and lost, but he took third overall. Austin Hiles had a very solid day, and got some good matches and quality wins in today. Danny Kruse had a very good day too, and wrestled some tough matches. We had a couple of guys wrestling unattached that did really well. Brad Wilton had a really solid performance and beat some quality kids, and Cameron Caffey had a pretty impressive day.”
Six MSU wrestlers grappled attached on Saturday, led by Britton going 5-1 overall throughout the tournament, falling in the semifinal of the championship bracket but securing the third-place finish at 149 pounds in wrestlebacks. Redshirt freshman Austin Hiles placed finished 4-2, taking eighth place at 165 pounds. At 184 pounds, redshirt freshman Danny Kruse finished in eighth place with a 4-2 tournament record.
Unattached, freshman Cameron Caffey also went 4-2 and placed sixth at 184 pounds. Freshman Brad Wilton rounded out the Spartan placewinners at 197 pounds, also taking sixth place with a 4-2 record.
“When you compete and you have success in a big tournament like this, it adds confidence. Getting on the mat and competing with some of the best guys out there adds confidence and even in the matches we lost, we were in those matches and could’ve easily won those matches,” Williams said. “It’s good that we had 16 guys wrestling today. They just finished up final exams yesterday, and the fact that we had this many people wrestling today shows the commitment level of our team right now, which is great and positive to see.”
The Spartans will travel to Deerfield Beach, Florida, for the South Beach Duals on Dec. 29-30, marking the last event of 2017.