No. 17 Spartans Open Season At No. 2 Oklahoma State
Nov. 15, 2006
THIS WEEK IN SPARTAN WRESTLING
MATCHUP: No. 17 MICHIGAN STATE (0-0) at No. 2 OKLAHOMA STATE (1-0)
SPARTANS OPEN DUAL SEASON AT FOUR-TIME DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Minkel's Spartans, ranked 17th in the NWCA Preseason Coaches' Poll, begin the dual-meet season with the grueling task of facing four-time defending national champion Oklahoma State - in Stillwater. The Cowboys, who defeated UC Davis 22-9 on Sunday in their opener, start the season ranked second in the poll.
Oklahoma State returns three All-Americans to its starting lineup, including 165-pound NCAA Champion Johny Hendricks. All-Americans Coleman Scott and Nathan Morgan are moving up in weight to 133 and 141, respectively. The Cowboys will display many new faces, however, as they feature six new starters in the lineup.
SPARTANS BOAST THREE WRESTLERS RANKED IN TOP-FIVE
Nick Simmons NAMED BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
QUOTING COACH MINKEL
"We go to Oklahoma State on Thursday, and they have the No. 2 wrestler in the country in Coleman Scott. Nick has already beat Scott at 125, so if he wins at Oklahoma State, Nick should emerge as the top wrestler in the country at 133 pounds."
On his first three weight-classes...
On Oklahoma State...
A LOOK AT LAST WEEK'S MICHIGAN STATE OPEN
Simmons, who has made the transition from 125 to 133 in the first two open meets this season, remained perfect at his new weight class with a thrilling upset over defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Matt Valenti of Penn. Simmons cruised to the finals, recording two technical falls and a pin in the first three rounds before defeating 18th-ranked T.J. Enright of Ohio State in the semifinals.
In the title bout, Simmons and Valenti went scoreless after one period. In the second, Valenti could not escape from Simmons, and the match remained scoreless. In the third, Simmons pulled a reverse on Valenti with about 30 seconds remaining, and held him the remainder of the match for the 2-0 victory. Simmons, who won the Eastern Michigan Open last week, improves to 9-0 for the year.
Gomez was equally as dominant in winning his second title of the young season. He won the first round by a technical fall in 2:30, then proceeded to win his next three matches by a combined score of 29-6. Gomez topped Obenson Black of Lock Haven, 5-1, in the championship match to move to 10-0 on the season.
Andy Simmons, ranked No. 1 at 141 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News, advanced to the finals before bowing to North Carolina's Vincent Ramirez in the final match due to an injury default. Simmons recorded a fall in his first match, then won the next two bouts by a combined score of 21-0. He beat Ryan Williams of Old Dominion, 6-5, in the semifinals.
Cozart - the defending MSU Open champ at 165 pounds - took fourth place after losing his first-round match. Cozart, seeded third, rattled off six straight victories in the consolation bracket before falling to Max Dean of Indiana in the third-place match, 3-2. At 174 pounds, sophomore John Murphy went 5-2 to capture fourth place. Junior Joe Williams took sixth at 184. Wimberley won four straight matches in the consolation bracket to take third at 133.
OKLAHOMA STATE NEWS & NOTES:
The Cowboys return three All-Americans to its starting lineup from last year's national championship team, including 165-pound NCAA Champion Johny Hendricks. All-Americans Coleman Scott and Nathan Morgan are moving up in weight to 133 and 141, respectively.
Both Hendricks and Scott are slated to compete at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Dallas.
A LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S OKLAHOMA STATE DUAL
The Spartans season kicked off with a victory by No. 18 Joe Williams over Jack Jensen at 184 pounds. After an uneventful first two minutes of the match, Williams scored on a single-leg takedown late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Williams gave up one point in the second period, then poured it on in the third, outscoring Jensen 6-2, adding a riding-time point for a 9-4 decision.
Senior Jeff Clemens gave defending national champion Jake Rosholt a run for his money early, but dropped the decision to the wrestler ranked No. 1 at 197 pounds, 8-4, tying the meet score at three apiece.
The Cowboys took a 7-3 lead in the meet behind two-time national champion Steve Mocco. Mocco scored a technical fall against senior Max Lossen at the 5:55 mark of their 285-pound match up, winning 24-8.
No. 4 Nick Simmons got the Green and White back on the winning track at 125 pounds, dominating his match with No. 5 Coleman Scott, 6-0. Simmons scored an early takedown and tallied three near-fall points in the first period, and accumulated over four minutes of riding time to improve his record to 11-0 on the season.
Wrestling in his first-career dual meet, Jeff Wimberley dropped the 133-pound match to No. 7 Nathan Morgan by major decision, 20-8.
The most anticipated match came at 141 pounds, where No. 4 Andy Simmons gained revenge on No. 13 Daniel Frishkorn after injury defaulting to him in last March's NCAA Championships. Simmons notched the 7-1 victory, tallying takedowns in the second and third periods, and adding two near-fall points after Frishkorn took the down position in the second frame.
Oklahoma State extended its lead to 16-9 behind a technical-fall victory by defending national champion Zack Esposito at 149 pounds.
Tony Greathouse notched a thrilling, come-from-behind win at 157 pounds to upset No. 8 Kevin Ward. Greathouse trailed 3-0 after two periods, but scored two takedowns, including one inside one minute, that included two near-fall points.
Oklahoma State secured the dual-meet victory at 165 pounds, where defending national champion Johny Hendricks defeated sophomore Bryan Harney by technical fall in 6:48, 20-5. Hendricks outscored Harney by four in the first, six in the second and five in the third.
R.J. Boudro wrapped up the meet with a victory for MSU, defeating Brandon Mason at 184 pounds, 3-1.
Oklahoma State 21, Michigan State 15 184- Joe Williams dec. Jack Jensen, 8-4 197- Jake Rosholt dec. Jeff Clemens, 9-4 285- Steve Mocco tech. fall Max Lossen, TF, 24-8, 5:55 125- Nick Simmons dec. Coleman Scott, 6-0 133- Nathan Morgan maj. dec. Jeff Wimberley, MD, 20-8 141- Andy Simmons dec. Daniel Frishkorn, 7-1 149- Zack Esposito tech. fall Darren McKnight, TF, 21-6, 7:00 157- Tony Greathouse dec. Kevin Ward, 6-4 165- Johny Hendricks tech. fall Bryan Harney, TF, 20-5, 6:48 174- R.J. Boudro dec. Brandon Mason, 3-1
Andy Simmons SELECTED TO NWCA ALL-STAR DUAL MEET
Simmons and Lang have a long history. Simmons went 2-2 last season against Lang - he defeated him 8-2 for the Big Ten title, but fell 3-0 in the NCAA Championships. Both Lang and Simmons earned All-America honors, as Simmons took fifth and Lang claimed fourth. Lang topped Simmons to capture first place at last year's MSU Open, but Simmons returned the favor by pinning Lang in the regular-season dual. In 2004, Simmons defeated Lang by major decision, 15-6, in the Big Ten semifinals.
Simmons competed in the 2004 NWCA All-Star Classic, falling to Northern Iowa's Dylan Long, 8-2.
SPARTAN LINEUP FEATURES FIVE NEW FACES
Nick Simmons, who is a three-time All-American at 125 pounds, could start his first career bout at 133 on Thursday. Andy Simmons (141), Tony Greathouse (157) and Joe Williams (184) are the only three starters returning to their weight class from last season.
A LOOK AT THE EASTERN MICHIGAN OPEN
Red-shirt freshman Franklin Gomez eased his way to a title at 125 pounds, while senior Nick Simmons won the crown at 133 pounds. Gomez went 5-0 on the day and won his five matches by a combined score of 52-3; he claimed the title with a 9-1 major decision over Alex Usztics of Navy in the finals. Simmons went 4-0 and pinned Joe Baker of Navy in 3:38 in the championship at 133.
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Gomez has opened the season in dominating fashion, going 10-0 with open title wins at Eastern Michigan and Michigan State, and is currently ranked fifth by Amateur Wrestling News.
He outscored his opponents 52-3 in the EMU Open and took home the title with a 9-1 major decision over Alex Usztics of Navy.
At the MSU Open, Gomez was equally as dominant in winning his second title of the young season. He won the first round by a technical fall in 2:30, then proceeded to win his next three matches by a combined score of 29-6. Gomez topped 11th-ranked Obenson Black of Lock Haven, 5-1, in the championship match to move to 10-0 on the season.
Gomez was a highly-touted recruit after completing the "triple crown" of high school wrestling in 2005, winning the high school national championship, the junior freestyle national championship and the junior Greco-Roman national championship.
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