Feb. 1, 1998

MSU Wrestlers Dominate Eastern Michigan

Spartans Sweep Dual Meet

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 8 Michigan State wrestling team shut out Eastern Michigan 39-0 Sunday night in a dual meet held at Montrose High School. MSU won every match of the dual meet, amassing their highest point total since defeating Cuyahoga College 51-0 in 1995. The Spartans dual meet record now stands at 6-5 overall, 2-3 in the Big Ten.

Senior captain David Morgan got Michigan State off to a fast start at 118 pounds, pinning Brian Pittaniello at the 1:40 mark. Morgan is now a perfect 30-0 on the season, joining former MSU All-Americans Erich Harvey and Dan Wirnsberger as the only Spartan wrestlers in history to have three 30-win seasons.

Greg DeGrand recorded MSUis second fall of the dual at 158, pinning Michael Alber at 5:43. Recording major decisions for MSU were Mike Castillo (134), Nick Curry (142), and Nick Muzashvili (190). The Spartans also got decisions from Pat McNamara (126), Corey Posey (150), Brian Dean at (167), James Brimm (177), and Matt Lamb (HWT).

"Our kids wrestled well," said MSU head coach Tom Minkel. "We were not very inspired this afternoon (against Illinois), and we made a commitment as a team to come out and try to be more aggressive, more physical."

Michigan State returns to East Lansing on Wednesday, hosting in-state rival No. 12 Michigan at 7:30 p.m. at Jenison Wrestling Arena.

Running Score                                                   MSU EMU
118 - David Morgan (MSU) pinned Brian Pittaniello (EMU) 1:40     6   0
126 - Pat McNamara (MSU) dec. Matt Turnbow (EMU) 7 2             9   0
134 - Mike Castillo (MSU) maj. dec. Noah Delaney (EMU) 12 0     13   0
142 - Nick Curry (MSU) maj. dec. Tim Lawson (EMU) 10 2          17   0
150 - Corey Posey (MSU) dec. Matthew Merrill (EMU) 3-1 OT       20   0
158 - Greg DeGrand (MSU) pinned Michael Alber (EMU) 5:43        26   0
167 - Briam Dean (MSU) dec. Massimiliano Mancini (EMU) 5-3 OT   29   0
177 - James Brimm (MSU) dec. Kevin Brown (EMU) 10 7             32   0
190 - Nick Muzashvili (MSU) maj. dec. Patrick Grzecki (EMU)9 0  36   0
275 - Matt Lamb (MSU) dec. Chris Leinninger (EMU) 4 2           39   0