March 3, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior Anthony Jones Jr. qualified for his third career trip to the NCAA Championships with a 7-2 decision over Josh Demas of Ohio State at 157 pounds in session one on Saturday. Jones advanced to the semifinals and is guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Championships by placing in the top-six of his weight class at the Big Ten Championships.
Curran Jacobs won his first match over Drake Stein of Purdue, 9-5, at 174 pounds. Jacobs then lost his next match to third-seeded Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa in the quarterfinals, 4-1. Jacobs will face Frank Cousins of Wisconsin in session two.
At 184 pounds, Ian Hinton lost a 10-2 major decision top-seed to Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota. Hinton has to get a win in session two over Luke Sheridan of Indiana to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Red-shirt freshman Nick McDiarmid dropped a 4-0 decision to Andrew Campolattano of Ohio State at 197 pounds. McDiarmid needs an upset over fourth-seeded Max Huntley of Michigan in session two to qualify for his first NCAAs.
In the heavyweight division, junior Steve Andrus won a 6-4 decision over Adam Chalfant of Indiana, but then fell to Cameron Wade of Penn State, 10-0. Andrus will face Roger Vukobratovich of Purdue in the consolation bracket to open session two.
As a team, Michigan State is in 11th place with 10 team points.
Session two of the Big Ten Championships begins at 5 p.m. Live updates from the event are available here.