Six Spartans Place at Cleveland State Open
Dec. 18, 2006
CLEVELAND - Six Michigan State wrestlers placed in the Cleveland State Open over the weekend, including Nick Palmieri, who placed second at 197 pounds for the second straight year. Clint Frutiger took third at 125 pounds, Micah Carter placed fourth at 133 and Tim Hammer claimed fourth at 149, while two Spartans placed at 174 pounds (John Murphy-third; Greg Goidosik-fifth). The Spartans return to action for the 44th-annual Midlands Championships Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill.
Palmieri had the top showing of the tournament with a second-place finish at 197 pounds. Palmieri defeated Gannon's Jacob Tazzi, 8-7, Purdue's Dave Pisarcik, 3-1, and North Carolina's Justin Dobies, 5-3, to reach the finals. Palmieri lost in the championship match to Logan Brown of Purdue, 6-3. This marks the second straight year that Palmieri has finished second in the Cleveland State Open.
Frutiger opened with a 12-1 major decision victory over Alex Schumaker of Findlay and beat Akif Eren of Purdue in the third-place match, 3-1. Also in the 125-pound bracket, true freshman Walker Faison saw his first action of the season. Faison won his first match, a 10-5 decision over Eastern Michigan's Jack Cassedy. He lost to Eren in the second round, 18-4, but bounced back with a fall in just 2:19 over Chad Wilcox of Jamestown Community College and followed with an 8-3 decision against Nic Rossiter. Faison lost to Josh Williams of Central Michigan, 7-2, in the fifth-place match.
Carter took fourth place at 133 pounds after winning his first two matches. He lost to David Armstrong of Cleveland State in the semifinals, 9-7, and Quentin Keyes of Ohio, 6-4, in the third-place bout.
Hammer won his first three matches to advance to the semifinals, but lost his next two to take fourth place at 149 pounds.
The Spartans had two placewinners at 174 pounds, as Murphy took third and Goidosik took fifth. Murphy pinned Dave Hanson of Jamestown Community College in 1:09 and then beat Greg Heinz of Kent State by major decision, 12-2, to advance to the semifinals. Murphy lost to eventual champion Mickey Moran of Buffalo in the semi's, 3-2, but went on to earn third place with a 20-7, major decision victory over Kent State's Chris Estep. This marks the second tournament Murphy has placed in this season, as he took fourth at the MSU Open on Nov. 12. Goidosik recorded the fastest fall of the season for the Spartans in his first-round match, pinning Findlay's Richard Goss in just nine seconds. He went on to record victories over Hanson, MSU's Blake Mesyn and Findlay's Jeff Havelka to take fifth place. Goidosik led the Spartans with three falls in the tournament.
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