Spartans Set To Host No. 6 Ohio State On Senior Day
Feb. 3, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State welcomes another ranked opponent into Jenison Field House in No. 6 Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. Six Spartans seniors will be recognized in their last home match at Michigan State for their contributions made to the program. Admission to the dual will be free in honor of Senior Day and Fan Appreciation Day.
"Ohio State is a heck of a team and they have some really strong, young wrestlers," head coach Tom Minkel said. "At the same time we are getting used to wrestling top-10 teams. What we have to do is go out there and not wrestle their ranking. We have to wrestle hard at every weight class, and if we do that I think we'll be all right."
No. 6 Ohio State (9-3, 3-3 Big Ten) is coming off a 34-9 loss to No. 2 Penn State on Jan. 29. The Buckeyes host No. 12 Michigan on Friday, Feb. 3 before traveling to East Lansing.
"We have a very good and close group of seniors, and I think this will be an emotional day for them," Minkel said. "It has been fun to watch. They have learned a lot, they have been through the grind and have come out much stronger and confident individuals."
Next up the Spartans travel to Edinboro, Pa., for a dual match against Edinboro on Feb. 10 and will then compete in the Edinboro Open the following day.
LAST TIME OUT
The Spartans fell to in-state rival Michigan 27-8 at Cliff Keen Arena on Jan. 29. Anthony Jones Jr. (157), Ian Hinton (184) and Nick McDiarmid (197) each recorded decisions at their respective weight classes. Michigan lead 9-6 over the Spartans heading into intermission. The Wolverines won four of the final five matches to claim the dual victory.
DICKENSON LOST FOR SEASON
Dickenson placed fourth in the Big Ten Championships a year ago and made his first trip to NCAA's last year. He defeated No. 12 A.J. Kissel of Purdue this season and owns a career record of 57-56.
Jones went 1-1 last weekend and lost a tough 3-2 match to No. 8 James Green of Nebraska. Against Michigan, Jones was in another tight match and won a 3-2 decision in double overtime over Brandon Zeerip.
Jacobs lost two tough matches over the weekend, the first to Tyler Koehn of Nebraska, 5-2, and then to No. 5 Justin Zeerip of Michigan, 7-1. Jacobs currently has three wins over ranked wrestlers.
BIG TEN WEEKEND
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.
MSU WINS TIEBREAKER
The win over Indiana came 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.
BIG TEN OPENER
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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