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Michigan State Dominates On Day One Of South Beach Duals

Dec. 29, 2017

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - Michigan State wrestling made a statement on the first day of competition at the South Beach Duals on Friday afternoon, held at the Deerfield Beach Sportsplex in Deerfeld Beach, Florida. The Spartans defeated both Southern Illinois, 31-8 and Franklin & Marshall, 25-12 to finish the day undefeated.

“Today’s wrestling was a good opportunity for a lot of our guys to get matches. We put completely different lineups out there for both duals, and it allows more guys to get dual meet experience and get acclimated to that type of environment,” Michigan State head coach Roger Chandler said. “Thirteen out of the 15 guys that we traveled got mat time, and we have two dual meets tomorrow, so today we had the luxury of mixing up the lineup a little bit. It’s very important for every guy to get dual meet experience at some point so that when they do step in to a big time dual meet, they’re not shell shocked.”

Nine Spartans finished the day undefeated: freshman Rayvon Foley (125), redshirt senior Javier Gasca (141), redshirt freshman Jake Tucker (157), redshirt freshman Austin Hiles (165) and redshirt junior Shwan Shadaia (184) went 2-0, while redshirt freshman Jwan Britton (149), redshirt junior Austin Eicher (149), redshirt sophomore Logan Ritchie (174) and redshirt freshman Danny Kruse (184) all went 1-0.

Eicher wrestled in his first dual match of the season and the first match at 149 of his Spartan career, dominating with a technical fall and over five minutes of riding time, 17-2.

With the 2-0 day, Foley improves to 4-0 in dual competition and earns the first major decision of his career as a Spartan. Gasca is now 3-0 in dual competition, improving to 28-11 in his career. Hiles is also undefeated this season in duals, 3-0 so far this season.

“We need to wrestle within ourselves and be grittier in some positions,” Chandler said of carrying the momentum over. “These guys know who their opponents are tomorrow and they’re just going to have to be stingy on defense and create scoring opportunities on offense.”

Michigan State continues competition Saturday at South Beach Duals against Binghamton at 11 a.m. followed by No. 24 North Carolina at 1 p.m.

Bout-By-Bout: vs. Southern Illinois

125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Zach Gentzler, 5-3
The first period ended in a stalemate, with neither wrestler scoring a point. In the second period, Foley got a quick escape but Gentzler later tallied a takedown to take the lead 2-1. Foley responded with an escape, tying up the score at 2-all. The first point of the third period came from an escape for Gentzler, but Foley used an explosive takedown to reclaim the lead at 4-3. Racking up riding time as the clock ran out, Foley collected the decision, 5-3.

133: MSU forfeits.

141: Javier Gasca (MSU) tech. fall Dakota Leach (SIU), 17-2
Leach took an early 2-0 lead from a takedown in the first period, but Gasca fought back with a reversal to tie the match up at 2-all. Gasca tacked on four points from a nearfall, taking a 6-2 lead into the second period. In the third, Gasca secured an escape and quick takedown, adding another three points. Gasca dominated with two near falls for a technical fall at 0:22 in the third, finishing 17-2.

149: Jwan Britton (MSU) dec. Tyshawn Williams (SIU), 15-12
In a fast and frenzied first period, Williams notched a series of takedowns which Britton escaped from, ending the stanza 6-3. In the second, Williams added three points from an escape and takedown to jump out to a 9-3 lead. Britton was awarded a penalty point and secured an escape, but Williams then added two more points from a takedown. Britton responded with an escape and later a takedown, cutting the lead to 11-9 going into the third period. Britton added another escape early and a takedown to take his first lead of the match, 12-11. Williams tied it up at 12 with an escape, but Britton was awarded a penalty point for stalling by Williams and then added a takedown at the last minute to earn the decision, 15-12.

157: Jake Tucker (MSU) tech. fall Karsten Van Velsor (SIU), 16-1
Tucker jumped out of the gate with a takedown and nearfall, putting up six unanswered points over Van Verlsor, who responded with takedown midway into the first. Tucker added another eight on two nearfalls, earning a technical fall over Van Velsor, 16-1.

165: Austin Hiles (MSU) dec. Nate Higgins (SIU), 8-6
Higgins took a 2-0 lead early in the first on a takedown, but later in the period Hiles recorded a reversal to tie up the match at 2-all. Higgins added a point, taking a 3-2 lead into the second period. Hiles evened the score with an escape, tying the match again at 3-all into the third. Higgins added an escape point early and then a takedown, while Hiles secured an escape and a takedown to tie the match at 6-all late in the third. Hiles cut into Higgins’ riding time as the clock ticked down, forcing overtime. In sudden victory, Hiles notched a takedown to earn an 8-6 decision.

174: Logan Ritchie (MSU) dec. Logan Gruszka (SIU), 10-6
In the first period, Gruszka added a six point lead early with a takedown and nearfall. Ritchie put a point on the board from an escape, finishing the first with a score of 6-1. Ritchie added another two from an escape. In the third, Ritchie notched an escape and the match was tied after a penalty point on Gruzska for stalling. Ritchie took the lead, 8-6, with a takedown. Ritchie sealed the win from another penalty point and riding time point, 10-6.

184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Bryce Shewan (SIU), 6-2
Midway through the first, Shewan got on the board first with a takedown, but Shadaia responded with an escape, ending the second period at 2-1. In the third, Shadaia jumped in the lead with a reversal, 3-2. Shadaia racked up riding time in the remainder of the second, and added a takedown quickly in the third stanza, taking a 5-2 lead and holding on throughout the remaining time. With riding time, Shadaia took a 6-2 decision.

197: Christian Dulaney (SIU) dec. Nick May (MSU), 3-2
Neither wrestler gave up a point in the first period, but May got on the board first on an escape in the second stanza. Dulaney took the lead on a takedown, but May tied it up with another escape, 2-2. In the third, Dulaney secured an escape, regaining the lead 3-2 and holding on to the 3-2 decision.

HWT: SIU forfeits.

Michigan State 31, Southern Illinois 8
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Zach Gentzler (SIU), 5-3. MSU leads 3-0
133: SIU wins by forfeit, SIU leads 6-3.
141: Javier Gasca (MSU) tech. fall Dakota Leach (SIU), 17-2. MSU leads 8-6.
149: Jwan Britton (MSU) dec. Tyshawn Williams (SIU), 15-12. MSU leads, 11-6.
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) tech. fall Karsten Van Velsor (SIU), 16-1. MSU leads, 16-6.
Penalty point taken from SIU. MSU leads 16-5.
165: Austin Hiles (MSU) dec. Nate Higgins (SIU) sudden victory, 8-6. MSU leads, 19-5.
174: Logan Ritchie (MSU) dec. Logan Gruszka (SIU), 9-6. MSU leads, 22-5.
184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Bryce Shewan (SIU), 6-2. MSU leads, 25-5.
197: Christian Dulaney (SIU) dec. Nick May (MSU), 3-2. MSU leads 25-8.
HWT: MSU wins by forfeit. MSU wins 31-8.

Bout-By-Bout vs. Franklin & Marshall

125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) major dec. Edgar Garcia (FM), 16-4
Foley was the first to put points on the board, garnering a takedown late in the first period. Foley added another point with an escape to start off the second period and proceeded to tack on two more from a takedown. Garcia got on the board for his first point with an escape, but Foley jumped out to a 7-1 lead with another takedown. In the third period, Foley collected six more points on takedowns, while Garcia added three with escapes. With the riding time advantage, Foley recorded a major decision, 16-4.

133: MSU forfeits

141: Javier Gasca (MSU) dec. Brett Kulp (FM), 7-0.
Gasca put two points on the board midway into the first period with a takedown, taking a 2-0 lead into the second stanza as he added riding time. In the second period, Gasca added another two points from a reversal. Late in the third, Gasca jumped out to 6-0 lead from another takedown and added a riding time point to finish 7-0.

149: Austin Eicher (MSU) tech. fall Christ Martorello (FM), 17-2
In Eicher’s first match at 149, he jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and began to garner riding time. Late in the period, Martorello managed an escape, but Eicher quickly responded with a takedown and nearfall to jump out to an 8-1 lead. In the second, Eicher tacked on two more with a reversal. Martorello secured a late second period escape and Eicher took a 10-2 lead into the third. Quickly in the final stanza, Eicher took down Martorello and followed with a nearfall. With over five minutes of riding time, Eicher finished his first dual match of the season with a technical fall, 17-2.

157: Jake Tucker (MSU) major dec. Emmett LiCastri (FM), 15-2
Tucker made an early statement with a big takedown in the first period, but LiCastri responded to tie up the score at 2-all. Tucker regained the lead with an escape and a takedown, 5-2. In the second, Tucker did the same to add three more points. Late in the third, Tucker jumped out to a 14-2 lead from a takedown and nearfall, finishing with a 15-2 major decision with the riding time point.

165: Austin Hiles (MSU) dec. Jacob Conners (FM), 5-3
Hiles got on the board first with a takedown, but Conners responded with an escape, cutting the lead to 2-1. With a late first period takedown, Hiles took a 4-1 lead into the second. Conners later secured an escape to cut Hiles’ lead to 4-2. Conners was awarded a penalty point for stalling, but Hiles finished the match with an escape to take a 5-3 decision.

174: Josh Young (FM) dec. Austen Malczewski (MSU), 7-3
Young took a 2-0 lead early with a takedown, and Malczewski added a point for MSU with an escape. In the second period, Malczewski evened the score at 2-all with another escape. Young regained the lead with a takedown, 4-2. In the final stanza, Young added another three points off an escape and a takedown. While Malczewski added a last minute point with an escape, it wasn’t enough and Young finished with a 7-3 decision.

184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Steven Mercadante (FM), 5-3
Shadaia picked up two points late in the first period off a takedown, and held on through the second period while accumulating riding time. In the third, Shadaia added three more points on an escape and a takedown, finishing with six unanswered points with riding time, 6-0.

197: Danny Kruse (MSU) dec. Reid Robilotto (FM), 5-3
Kruse started with a quick two-point takedown and Robilotto escaped, and the two settled down heading into the second period. Kruse added a three points with an escape and a takedown in the second, leading Robilotto 5-1. Robilotto answered with two escapes, cutting the lead to 5-3, but Kruse held on to earn the decision.

HWT: Antonio Pelusi (FM) dec. Matt Okaiye (MSU), 6-1.
Late in the first period, Pelusi notched a takedown to take the 2-0 lead over Okaiye. In the second, Pelusi jumped out to a 5-0 lead with an escape and takedown. Okaiye escaped in the third period to put a point on the board for the Spartans, but Pelusi added another with riding time and took the decision, 6-1.

Michigan State 25, Franklin & Marshall 12
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) major dec. Edgar Garcia (FM), 16-4. MSU leads 4-0.
133: F&M wins by forfeit. FM leads 6-4.
141: Javier Gasca (MSU) dec. Brett Kulp (FM), 7-0. MSU leads 7-6.
149: Austin Eicher (MSU) tech. fall Chris Martorello (FM), 17-2. MSU leads 12-6.
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) major dec. Emmett LiCastri (FM), 15-2. MSU leads 16-6.
165: Austin Hiles (MSU) dec. Jacob Conners (FM), 5-3. MSU leads 19-6.
174: Josh Young (FM) dec. Austen Malczewski (MSU), 7-3. MSU leads 19-9.
184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Steven Mercadante (FM), 6-0. MSU leads 22-9.
197: Danny Kruse (MSU) dec. Reid Robilotto (FM), 5-3. MSU leads 25-9.
HWT: Antonio Pelusi (FM) dec. Matt Okaiye (MSU), 6-1. MSU wins 25-12.

 

 

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