Feb. 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling will host rival Michigan on Sunday afternoon inside Jenison Field House at 2 p.m. The Wolverines, ranked No. 19, are 8-5 on the season and 2-4 in the Big Ten. The dual will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network via Spartan All-Access.
"The Michigan dual is always a special dual because of the rivalry," head coach Tom Minkel said. "The great thing is you set the season aside. They've got a very good team and we know a lot of these guys. Most of my team grew up in the same programs, schools and wrestled in the same tournaments as many of the guys on Michigan. It's always a great dual, we are looking forward to it."
The Spartans are coming off a tough weekend, losing a narrow dual to No. 13 Nebraska, 23-19, before falling at No. 4 Minnesota, 32-6. MSU is looking forward to wrestling just one dual this weekend.
"I'm really glad we don't have a dual on Friday," Minkel said. "It gives us a chance to catch our breath and get rested. We've got to win the toss up matches and there are a few that can go either way, we need to be on the positive side of those."
Michigan leads the all-time series, 36-63-5, and won last years dual in Ann Arbor, 26-9. The Wolverines have five wrestlers ranked inside the top-20 according to InterMat and are led by freshman Taylor Massa, ranked No. 9 at 165 pounds.
"When you wrestle Michigan anything can happen," Minkel said. "We've has some great fights with them and I'm sure this will not disappoint."
|Michigan State vs. Michigan Probable Starting Lineup
||MSU: Brenan Lyon (Jr., 7-14)
UM: Sean Boyle (Jr., 18-6)
||MSU: Brandon Fifield (So., 11-13)
UM: Rossi Bruno (Fr., 9-12)
||MSU: Nick Trimble (Fr., 6-18)
UM: Camryn Jackson (R-Fr., 7-3) OR Mike Hillock (Jr., 0-3)
||MSU: Dan Osterman (Sr., 17-8) |
UM: No. 10 Eric Grajales (So., 16-5)
||MSU: Ryan Watts (So., 16-10)
UM: Colin Zeerip (So., 0-4)
||MSU: Nick Proctor (So., 13-13)
UM: No. 9 Taylor Massa (Fr., 18-5)
||MSU: Jordan Wohlfert (Fr., 15-14)
UM: No. 10 Dan Yates (Jr., 14-5)
||MSU: John Rizqallah (So., 21-8)
UM: Chris Heald (So., 9-11)
||MSU: Luke Jones (So., 16-11) OR Nick McDiarmid (So., 17-8)
UM: Max Huntley (So., 11-8)
||MSU: No. 7 Michael McClure (Jr., 26-3)
UM: No. 19 Ben Apland (Sr., 13-5)
The Wolverines are 8-5 on the season and are coming off a weekend split, taking down Indiana before losing at Purdue, 19-18. Michigan has five wrestlers ranked according to InterMat; No. 15 Sean Boyle (125 pounds), No. 10 Eric Grajales (149), No. 9 Taylor Massa (165), No. 10 Dan Yates (174) and Ben Apland (HWT).
Dan Osterman, the lone Spartan senior in the lineup, will face Eric Grajales for the third consecutive season. Osterman is 0-2 in the previous contests, and will have his final chance to pick up a win over Grajales on Sunday afternoon.
CLOSING OUT THE SEASON AT HOME
The Spartans will finish out the regular season at home following the Michigan dual. MSU will host Iowa State on Friday, Feb. 15 and then close out the season with Central Michigan on Friday, Feb. 22 on Senior Night. The dual with the Chippewas will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network.
McCLURE AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
No. 7 Michael McClure is 26-3 this season and 6-2 against ranked opponents. He placed first at the Eastern Michigan Open, Michigan State Open and the Reno Tournament of Champions this season and he was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 13 after winning the MSU Open and again on Dec. 17 after winning the Reno Tournament of Champions. McClure's two losses have come at the hands of Big Ten opponents, No. 14 Connor Medbery and Jon Gingrich of Penn State.
NARROW LOSS AT NEBRASKA
Michigan State wrestling lost a hard-fought match to No. 13 Nebraska, 23-19, on Friday Feb. 9, in the final match at the NU Coliseum. Senior Dan Osterman gave the Spartans a 19-14 lead with only two matches remaining after pinning No. 12 Jake Sueflohn in 2:55 at 149 pounds, but MSU couldn't hold off the Huskers as they went on to take the remaining two matches.
CHEZA LOST FOR THE SEASON
Senior David Cheza suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and will be out for the remainder of the season. Cheza has battled injuries to both shoulders throughout his career and received a sixth-year of eligibility at the beginning of the season. Cheza won 69 matches for the Spartans while wrestling in three different weight classes. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2010 at 149 pounds and in 2012 at 165 pounds.
BIG TEN OPPONENTS RANKED
Every Big Ten opponent on the MSU schedule has been ranked at one point this season, including nine teams in the top-25 this week. Following this weekend, the Spartans will face Iowa State and Central Michigan. The Chippewas are ranked No. 12, while the Cyclones are receiving votes in the latest poll.
RIZQALLAH ON A ROLL
Sophomore John Rizqallah is in his first year in the starting lineup and is second on the team in dual victories with 11 on the season and has won nine of his last 12 matches overall. Rizqallah, wrestling at 184 pounds, had won nine consecutive matches before falling to No. 1 Ed Ruth of Penn State. He is 21-8 overall this season and 11-4 in duals.
WILDMO GETS A SHOT
Redshirt freshman Roger Wildmo went 2-0 in duals filling in for Dan Osterman. Wildmo, a three-time state champion, is 11-1 on the season, including five falls. Last year, he led MSU in wins and falls with 28 and 15, respectively.
TWO TOUGH LOSSES
The Spartans lost a narrow dual to No. 23 Northwestern, 18-15. MSU took four matches from the Wildcats and sophomore Nick McDiarmid took down No. 16 Alex Polizzi at 197 pounds, 3-2. Michigan State then lost a heartbreaker on the road to Ohio, 22-16. The Spartans led 16-6 after the 157-pound match, but went on to drop the last four matches.
NCAA WEIGHT CLASS RANKINGS
The NCAA released the first of three coaches' panel rankings for the 2012-13 wrestling season on Thursday, Jan. 24. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
The following three Spartans are ranked in the coaches' panel:
149 pounds: No. 20 Dan Osterman
184 pounds: No. 18 John Rizqallah
285 pounds: No. 9 Michael McClure
MSU FALLS TO IOWA, OSTERMAN AND RIZQALLAH UPSET RANKED WRESTLERS
Michigan State wrestling fell at home to No. 4 Iowa, 27-12, on Sunday, Jan. 20. The Spartans picked up wins at 149 pounds, 184 pounds and heavyweight. Sophomore John Rizqallah upset No. 11 Ethen Lofthouse, 6-3, picking up his 10th dual victory of the season to lead all Spartans in dual wins on the season. Senior Dan Osterman used a 10-4 decision over No. 17 Michael Kelly at 149 pounds to put the Spartans on the board and McClure won by forfeit.
SPARTANS SIGN PAGDIALO, BRINGING CLASS TO FOUR
Michigan State wrestling head coach Tom Minkel announced on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the signing of Christian Pagdilao (Corona, Calif./Corona Santiago) to a National Letter of Intent, bringing the 2013-14 recruiting class to four student-athletes. Pagdilao will be joined by Javier Gasca (Kingsburg, Calif./Kingsburg), Josh Pennell (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns), and Mitch Rogaliner (Temperance, Mich./Temperance Bedford) who each signed a NLI in November.
"This is an outstanding group of young men," Minkel said. "Not only are they exceptional athletes but they are all very good students. They are men of great character and were exactly what we were looking for as we head into the future."
JONES LEADS MSU IN BONUS POINTS
Sophomore Luke Jones is in his first season in the starting lineup for Michigan State at 197 pounds and he leads the team in bonus points. Jones in 16-11 on the season and has recorded bonus points in 11 matches. Jones has notched five falls and six major decisions this season.
TOUGH TREK IN PENNSYLVANIA
Michigan State dropped duals to UNC and Clarion before falling to No. 1 Penn State at Rec Hall. The Spartans dropped a close dual to the Tar Heels, 23-21 and then fell to Clarion, 25-16. MSU lost five matches to wrestlers ranked inside the top-3 against the Nittany Lions.
The Spartans are relying on young talent to contribute in the starting lineup and have had either a freshman or sophomore starting in seven different weight classes this season. Nick Trimble, a freshman at 141 pounds and Jordan Wohlfert, a freshman at 174 pounds have each started this year for MSU, along with sophomores Brandon Fifield (133), Ryan Watts (157), Nick Proctor (165), John Rizqallah (184) and Luke Jones (197).
MSU REBOUNDS WITH WINS OVER BUCKNELL AND LINDSEY WILSON
After falling to No. 21 Purdue, the Spartans came away with back-to-back wins over both Bucknell and Lindsey Wilson. MSU beat the Bison 28-11 in the first match of the doubleheader and won 28-12 over Lindsey Wilson. Michigan State dropped the first three matches of the dual against Bucknell, falling behind early 11-0. However, Dan Osterman was able to turn the tide for Michigan State with a fall over Adam Healey at 149 pounds in 0:49, leading to seven-straight victories for MSU.
SPARTANS SHAKING UP THE LINEUP
In 15 duals this season the Spartans have utilized 11 different starting lineups. Freshman Jordan Wohlfert (174), John Rizqallah (184) and Michael McClure (HWT) have been the only mainstays this season, starting in all 15 duals for Michigan State, the three are a combined 31-17 in this season in dual matches.
SPARTANS FINISH THIRD IN RENO
Michigan State wrestling took third place at the Reno Tournament of Champions, finishing with 107. 5 team points and also placed eight individual wrestlers in the event. Then-No. 11 Michael McClure led the Spartans with a first-place finish at heavyweight and went 5-0 in the tournament. Dan Osterman (149 pounds), Nick Proctor (165) and Ryan Watts (165) each placed second in their respective weight classes.
BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME
Junior heavyweight Michael McClure was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week as announced by the conference office on Tuesday, Dec. 18, after taking first place at the Reno Tournament of Champions. McClure was also named wrestler of the week on Nov. 13 after taking first at the MSU Open. McClure defeated three wrestlers ranked inside the top-20 in Reno, including No. 6 Chad Hanke of Oregon State, No. 9 J.T. Felix of Boise State and No. 16 Odie Delaney of the Citadel.
TEN SPARTANS PLACE AT MSU OPEN
Michigan State wrestling hosted the annual MSU Open on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Jenison Field House with more than 29 schools from around the country competing in the event. The Spartans placed 10 wrestlers in the tournament and Michael McClure placed first in the open division at 285 pounds, while Ryan Watts placed second at 157.
EIGHTEEN PLACE AT EMU OPEN
The Spartans placed 18 wrestlers, including 16 top-five finishes in their first competition of the 2012-13 season at the Eastern Michigan Open. Hermilo Esquivel (125 pounds) and Chris Nash (285) each took first place in their respective weight classes in the freshman/sophomore division and Michael McClure (285) placed first in the open division.
REPLACING SENIOR LEADERSHIP
Michigan State lost four NCAA qualifiers from last season and six seniors that saw regular action in the starting lineup. The Spartans have just two seniors this season in David Cheza and Dan Osterman. Cheza will serve as the captain for the 2012-13 season.
Following this weekend, the Spartans will host Iowa State on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.