Spartans Host Nebraska on Friday, Travel to In-State Rival Sunday
Jan. 26, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich.- Michigan State wrestling welcomes No. 7 Nebraska to Jenison Field House on Friday, Jan. 27 and heads to Ann Arbor to face in-state rival Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 29. Both weekend duals will be streamed live for a fee at BTN.com.
"We have to take what we learned and take some of that energy and fight that we had in the Illinois dual and carry it over to the duals this weekend," head coach Tom Minkel said. "These are both big duals for us and we need to come out swinging."
No. 7 Nebraska (12-1, 3-1 Big Ten) is already making an impact in its first Big Ten season. The Cornhuskers are 3-1 in conference duals and are coming off wins over Purdue (24-9) and Indiana (23-17) last weekend.
No. 10 Michigan (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) is fresh off a 23-14 home win over No. 19 Central Michigan on Jan. 22. The Wolverines' only conference loss came at the hands of Illinois, 31-9. Last season the Spartans lost to Michigan, 24-15.
"The environment in this particular dual is always nuts," Minkel said of the matchup against Michigan. "It's always one of those duals that you mark on your calendar as a real important dual. We have to deal with Nebraska on Friday but we are very aware of the Michigan dual on the horizon."
Four Spartan wrestlers are ranked in the latest InterMat rankings, and senior Curran Jacobs made the leap from unranked at 174 pounds to No. 11. Jacobs defeated both No. 11 Lee Munster of Northwestern and No. 10 Jordan Blanton of Illinois last weekend.
Next up Michigan State hosts No. 5 Ohio State in its final dual of the season at Jenison Field House on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Curran Jacobs had an outstanding weekend, picking up two decisions over ranked wrestlers over the weekend. Jacobs defeated No. 11 Lee Munster of Northwestern, 3-1, and dropped No. 10 Jordan Blanton of Illinois, 7-3. Jacobs jumps from unranked last weekend to No. 11 in the latest polls, according to InterMat.
MSU WINS TIEBREAKER
Westling picked up its first Big Ten win of the season over Indiana in exciting fashion in front of the home crowd. Michigan State led 20-16 heading into the final match at 141 pounds between Andrew Ermatinger and Matt Ortega of Indiana. Although Ortega recorded an 11-2 major decision over Ermatinger, the Spartans were awarded a tiebreaker point based on total match victories. MSU won six matches throughout the dual and Indiana won four.
SPARTANS IN BATTLE CREEK
"It is nice to have an event like this in conjunction with the youth tournament because youth wrestling is very important to collegiate wrestling," head coach Tom Minkel said after the dual. "We have to foster youth wrestling in the state of Michigan in order for collegiate wrestling to go to the next level."
STRONG SHOWING AT RENO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Anthony Jones Jr. placed fourth and reached the semifinals at 157 pounds with three straight victories. Curran Jacobs reached the semifinals and placed fifth at 174 pounds. Nick McDiarmid wrestled at 197 pounds for the Spartans and also placed fifth. At heavyweight, Steve Andrus finished the tournament with a 4-2 record and made it to the fifth place match before having to forfeit due to injury.
MILESTONE FOR MINKEL
BIG TEN OPENER
LOADED AT HEAVYWEIGHT
"Three of the best heavyweights in the country, and they're all in the same program," Minkel said at the beginning of the season. "Seriously, these guys are great wrestlers, but they have really helped make each other great. They all have different styles and they're all big."
Lock Haven was up first for the Spartans and Michigan State dropped only two matches en route to a 30-6 victory. After then traveling to Bucknell, Michigan State dropped two of the first three matches before stringing together seven consecutive wins to take a 27-6 win.
ANCHORS IN THE MIDDLE
REPRESENT ON HOME TURF
The Spartans had 16 wrestlers place in the top six on the day, including individual titles from David Cheza in the 157-pound open division and Nick Proctor in the 165-pound freshman/sophomore division
SPARTANS ADD TWO
"Nick and Jordan are both very successful high school wrestlers and are really committed to Michigan State," said Minkel. "They're really excited about wrestling here. We're definitely looking forward to having them as a part of our program.
Nick Trimble won the 2011 Michigan Division 2 state title at 130 pounds with a 9-5 victory over previously unbeaten Jeff Jenkins of Tecumseh and Jordan Wohlfert won the 2011 Michigan Division 2 state title at 152 pounds with a 14-6 win over Dan Fleet of Lowell.
ELEVEN PLACE AT EMU OPEN
In his first collegiate tournament, true freshman Roger Wildmo won all six of his matches, including two falls, to claim first place at 149 pounds in the freshman/sophomore division.
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