Wrestling Travels to Face No. 20 Edinboro, Compete in Edinboro Open
Feb. 9, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartan wrestling team travels to face No. 20 Edinboro on Friday, Feb. 10 and will compete in the Edinboro Open on the following day. Michigan State wrapped up its conference schedule last weekend and faces a ranked opponent for the sixth consecutive week.
"We have to understand that we need to wrestle well no matter who we are wrestling," head coach Tom Minkel said. "This is a big dual for them, as it is for us. What we have to do is bring that same intensity and competition level that we had against Ohio State to Edinboro. If we do that, then I think we will do fine."
Edinboro (8-2) is coming off a 40-0 victory over Cleveland State on Jan. 28 and is 4-0 wrestling in the Eastern Wrestling League. Edinboro competed earlier this season in the Michigan State Open and a rematch could take place at 197 pounds. Red-shirt freshman Nick McDiarmid faced No. 2 Chris Honeycutt and defeated McDiarmid at the MSU Open, 15-5.
The Edinboro Open will be held the following day and will provide a change of pace for the Spartan wrestlers accustomed to the grind of the Big Ten season.
"It is really important for us," Minkel said. "The Big Ten tournament is just three weeks away and this will give us a chance to get in that tournament environment. And hopefully it will build some confidence as we head into the final stretch of the season."
Next up Michigan State travels to Central Michigan for its last dual contest of the season on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
"That was the best we've wrestled all year, it just got away from us at the end," said Michigan State head coach Tom Minkel following the dual. "I think we can build on this. Ohio State is one of the best teams in the country - that's a really good squad. I think our guys should come out of this with some confidence, knowing that if we wrestle like this, if we go hard every match, we can do some good things."
RANKING THE SPARTANS
No. 16 Curran Jacobs (174) stayed at his spot from a week ago at No. 16 after beating Joe Grandiminico of Ohio State last weekend, 6-1. Jacobs has three wins over ranked wrestlers this season.
No. 13 Tyler Dickenson (197) remains in the rankings at No. 13 after suffering an injury at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18.
WELCOMING NEBRASKA AND TRAVELING TO IN-STATE RIVAL MICHIGAN
The Spartans fell to in-state rival Michigan 27-8 at Cliff Keen Arena on Sunday, 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.
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
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.
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