Feb. 11, 2010
Michigan State vs. No. 10 Penn State
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 Rec Hall 7 p.m.
TV: Big Ten Network (Delay - 11 p.m.)
Michigan State vs. No. 3 Ohio State
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 St. John Arena 2 p.m.
PREVIEWING THE DUALS
Michigan State enters the weekend after defeating No. 24 Purdue on Sunday, 20-13, in East Lansing. The Spartans are 8-5-1 and 2-3 in the Big Ten while No. 10 Penn State is 12-5-1 and 4-2 in the conference. No. 3 Ohio State is 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the league.
THE LAST TIME OUT
MSU jumped out to an 11-4 lead and ended up defeating No. 24 Purdue, 20-13, on Feb. 7 at Jenison Field House. Dan Osterman (141) picked up his second win of the year over a ranked opponent with a 8-5 decision over No. 20 Juan Archuleta while Curran Jacobs (184) won the match of the day in a thrilling 6-4 bout that was decided in overtime.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS & BUCKEYES
Penn State enters Friday's dual as winners of its last three duals - over No. 13 Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan. Nittany Lions Brad Pataky (No.13, 125), Frank Molinaro (No. 4,149), Cyler Sanderson (No. 7, 157), Dan Vallimont (No. 7, 165), David Erwin (No. 10, 184) and Cameron Wade (No. 11, HWT) are all ranked in the latest InterMat rankings.
Coming into Friday's dual against Illinois, Ohio State has lost just once this season and has won its last six duals. Nikko Triggas (No. 20, 125), Reece Humphrey (No. 2, 141), Lance Palmer (No. 2, 149), Colt Sponseller (No. 6, 165), Dave Rella (No. 11, 174) and Mike Pucillo (No. 7, 184) are all ranked in the InterMat top-20.
True freshman Dan Osterman (141 pounds) got his second win over an opponent ranked in the InterMat top-20 when he got a 8-5 decision over No. 20 Juan Archuleta from Purdue on Feb. 7. Osterman is 2-3 against ranked opponents this season and is 8-0 at 133 pounds and 10-10 at 141 pounds.
Osterman began the year by winning the freshman/sophomore division title at the Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 7. He followed up the next weekend by going 4-0 and claiming the freshman/sophomore division title at the MSU Open.
GOMEZ CONTINUES TO SHINE
Franklin Gomez, ranked fourth at 133 pounds, enters Friday's dual after having won 31 of his last 32 duals, dating back to last season. Gomez is 17-1 on the year and the defending national champion has surrendered just two takedowns this year. Twelve of his wins have been falls, tech. falls or major decisions.
Last season defeated Ohio State's Reece Humphrey to claim the national championship. This season Humphrey, a senior, has moved up to 141 pounds where he is currently ranked second in the nation.
Gomez became the 19th different Spartan to claim a National Championship and it was the 25th individual championship in school history. This season, Gomez will look to join Pat Milkovich (1972, 74), Greg Johnson (1970, 71, 72), Dale Anderson (1967, 68), Merle Jennings (1941, 42) and Burl Jennings (1941, 42) as the only other wrestlers in MSU history to capture more than one national title.
CHEZA KEEPS ROLLING
Redshirt sophomore David Cheza, currently ranked No. 12 at 149 pounds, is currently one of the Spartans' most consistent wrestlers as he has gone 9-1 in his last 10 bouts. Cheza's hot streak includes wins over Minnesota's 18th-ranked Mario Mason, a shutout against 20th-ranked Eric Terrazas of Illinois and a 7-3 decision over No. 14 Tony D'Alie of Central Michigan.
Cheza was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 26 after his weekend wins over Mason and Terrazas.
JACOBS STEPS UP
Redshirt junior Curran Jacobs has started the last three duals at 184 pounds where he has gone 2-1. Entering this season, the Owosso, Mich., native had appeared in just two duals. On Feb. 5 vs. Central Michigan, Jacobs got a major decision over Central Michigan's Dillon Kern and then got a huge win for the Spartans against Purdue on Feb. 7. With MSU leading 14-10 and three bouts to go, Jacobs got MSU three crucial points as he got a 6-4 decision in overtime over Nick Corpe.