Feb. 14, 2013
SPARTANS WELCOME NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENT INTO JENISON
Michigan State closed out its Big Ten dual season last weekend and will host No. 22 Iowa State on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The Spartans face their seventh ranked opponent in the last eight contests and have not faced the Cyclones since 1997. The Cyclones are coached by Kevin Jackson, a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School and Olympic gold medalist.
"Our mission is to continue wrestling well and I think we have been making progress," head coach Tom Minkel said. "Our level of competition is high and we've been tested against some of the best teams in the country. Now, we have an opportunity on Friday to do what we've been trying to do all year, and that is wrestle a little better."
With only two regular season duals remaining before the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships, the Spartans recognize that the season is winding down and there is still work to be done.
"What we have to work on is getting better," Minkel said. "Every guy on our team has a responsibility to do that. One of the challenges is if you get on a losing streak, sometimes it can be harder to reverse than you expect. We can't allow that to be OK. We can't get comfortable and it has to drive us to get better."
Iowa State is 7-4 on the season and is 1-2 in the Big 12. The Cyclones are coming off a 23-12 win over No. 20 Northern Iowa last weekend. ISU is led by No. 7 Kyven Gadson at 197 pounds, he is 10-0 in duals this season. Iowa State also has three other wrestlers in the latest InterMat ranking ins No. 15 Boaz Beard (184), No. 19 Michael Moreno (165), and No. 20 Tanner Weatherman (174).
MSU will then close out the dual season against Central Michigan on Friday, Feb. 22 on senior night at Jenison Field House.
|Michigan State vs. Iowa State Probable Starting Lineup
||MSU: Brenan Lyon (Jr., 8-14)
ISU: Ryak Finch (So., 9-7)
||MSU: Brandon Fifield (So., 11-14)
ISU: John Meeks (Fr., 6-8)
||MSU: Nick Trimble (Fr., 6-19)
ISU: Luke Goettl (So., 9-10)
||MSU: Dan Osterman (Sr., 17-9) |
ISU: Max Mayfield (Sr., 9-9)
||MSU: Ryan Watts (So., 17-10)
ISU: Logan Molina (R-Fr., 14-14)
||MSU: Nick Proctor (So., 13-14)
ISU: No. 19 Michael Moreno (So., 20-6)
||MSU: Jordan Wohlfert (Fr., 15-15)
ISU: No. 20 Tanner Weatherman (R-Fr., 13-5)
||MSU: John Rizqallah (So., 22-8)
ISU: No. 15 Boaz Beard (Jr., 8-5)
||MSU: Luke Jones (So., 20-12)
ISU: Kyven Gadson (So., 17-2)
||MSU: No. 7 Michael McClure (Jr., 27-3)
ISU: Matt Gibson (Sr., 13-6)
SCOUTING THE CYCLONES
Iowa State is ranked in the coaches' poll top-25 for the first time this season after a 23-12 victory over No. 20 UNI on Friday, Feb. 8 at Hilton Coliseum. No. 20 Tanner Weatherman was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week after his 13-3 major decision victory over UNI's Cody Caldwell at 174 pounds. Caldwell was ranked No. 16 by W.I.N. Magazine. Caldwell has won six of his last seven matches dating back to a Jan. 5 tech fall victory over Oklahoma's Matt Reed. Weatherman has scored bonus points in four of those six wins. No. 19 Michael Moreno (20-6 overall, 7-4 duals) is the first Cyclone to hit the 20-win mark this season, as he scored a 10-1 major decision over UNI's Jarrett Jensen in the Cyclones' last outing.
YET ANOTHER RANKED OPPONENT
Michigan State will face its fourth straight ranked opponent this weekend and its seventh in the last eight matches. Overall, MSU has faced eight ranked foes this season. The Spartans face Central Michigan next weekend and the Chippewas are currently ranked No. 12.
NCAA RELEASES ITS FIRST RPI RANKINGS
Five Spartans were ranked in the first RPI (rating percentage index) Rankings released by the NCAA. The final coaches' panel rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
125 pounds: No. 30 Brenan Lyon
149 pounds: No. 21 Dan Osterman
184 pounds: No. 14 John Rizqallah
197 pounds: No. 21 Luke Jones
Heavyweight: No. 6 Michael McClure
LYON TURNING THE CORNER
Junior Brenan Lyon pinned No. 15 Sean Boyle of Michigan last weekend in 2:01 and has won three of his last four duals. The Ithaca, Mich., native had lost his previous eight matches. Lyon won by major decision over Kevon Powell of Ohio and scored another major decision over Eric Coufal of Nebraska.
"Brenan has matured so much in the last couple months," Minkel said. "He has really improved his technical skills and is night and day from where he was. He has showed that and has come around with some pretty big wins for us."
RIZQALLAH BACK ON TRACK
After dropping three straight matches, two to ranked wrestlers, No. 18 John Rizqallah took down Chris Heald of Michigan last weekend, 6-0. Rizqallah boasts a record of 22-8 and is second on the team ind dual victories with 12 this season.
WATTS BUILDS CONFIDENCE
Sophomore Ryan Watts is filling in for the injured David Cheza at 157 pounds and has won three on his last four dual matches. Last weekend Watts topped Mike Carpenter of Michigan, 3-1. Before that he defeated Danny Zilverberg of Minnesota and Sparty Chino of Ohio.
MCCLURE KNOCKS OFF ANOTHER RANKED FOE
No. 7 Michael McClure is 27-3 this season and 7-2 against ranked opponents after beating No. 19 Ben Apland of Michigan last weekend. 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.
TOUGH LOSS TO MICHIGAN
Michigan State wrestling fell at home to No. 19 Michigan on Sunday afternoon, 24-15. The dual got started at 184 pounds and the Spartans (4-12, 0-8) led 12-3 after junior Brenan Lyon won by fall over No. 15 Sean Boyle of Michigan at 125 pounds. However, Michigan won three of the final four matches and took the dual, 24-15.
CLOSING OUT THE SEASON AT HOME
The Spartans will finish out the regular season at home following the Iowa State dual. MSU will host Central Michigan on Friday, Feb. 22 on Senior Night and the dual with the Chippewas will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network.
NARROW LOSS AT NEBRASKA
Michigan State wrestling lost a hard-fought match to No. 13 Nebraska, 23-19, last weekendt 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 and No. 22 Iowa State. Following this weekend, the Spartans face No. 12 Central Michigan.
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 12 on the season and has won 10 of his last 13 matches overall. Rizqallah, wrestling at 184 pounds, had won nine consecutive matches before falling to No. 1 Ed Ruth of Penn State.
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 17-2 on the season, including eight falls. Last year he led MSU in wins and falls with 28 and 15, respectively.
NCAA WEIGHT CLASS RANKINGS
The NCAA released the first of three coaches' panel rankings for the 2012-13 wrestling season on Thursday. 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
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."
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 16 duals this season the Spartans have utilized 12 different starting lineups. Freshman Jordan Wohlfert (174), John Rizqallah (184) and Michael McClure (HWT) have been the only mainstays this season, starting in all 16 duals for Michigan State, the three are a combined 33-18 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.
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 and was injured in his match at Penn State, ending his season.
Following this weekend, the Spartans will host Central Michigan on Friday, Feb. 22 on senior night at Jenison Field House at 7 p.m.