Nov. 15, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling will begin its dual season on Friday, Nov. 16 at Eastern Michigan. The Spartans will open up against the Eagles for the second straight season and will look to avenge a 20-16 loss from last year at IM West.
"Eastern, that program has steadily grown and gotten better," head coach Tom Minkel said. "They are a very competitive team and we won't take them lightly when we go down there."
Minkel noted the rise of youth wrestling in the state of Michigan that has grown the sport and created parity in collegiate wrestling.
"One thing that happens in the state is Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Michigan and us are all recruiting from the same pool of kids," Minkel said. "They all know each other; a lot of them grew up together and have been on the same teams together and have traveled together. I think that breeds a really strong rivalry between the four schools and that is nothing but great for college wrestling."
|Michigan State Probable Lineup at Eastern Michigan
||Josh Heinzer (So., 4-2) OR Brenan Lyon (Jr., 0-2)
||Terry Turner (So., 3-1)
||Nick Trimble (Fr., 5-4)
|| Osterman (Jr., 9-3)|
|| David Cheza (Sr., 5-0) OR Ryan Watts (So., 4-3)
|| Troy Lamson (So., 3-2)
||Nick Proctor (So., 6-4) OR Jordan Wohlfert (Fr., 7-2)
||John Rizqallah (So., 5-3)
||Nick McDiarmid (So., 3-2)
||No. 13 Michael McClure (Jr., 9-0)
McClure Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week
Junior heavyweight Michael McClure was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week as announced by the conference office on Tuesday, Nov. 13. McClure finished first at the MSU Open and in the semifinals, he took down 19th-ranked Ernest James of Edinboro before topping No. 8 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio, 3-1 in overtime, to win the open.
Ten Spartans Place at MSU Open
Michigan State wrestling hosted the annual MSU Open on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Jenison Field House with more than 29 schools from around the country competing in the event. The Spartans placed 10 wrestlers in the tournament and Michael McClure placed first in the open division at 285 pounds and Ryan Watts placed second at 157.
Eighteen Place at EMU Open
The Spartans placed 18 wrestlers, including 16 top-five finishes in their first competition of the 2012-13 season at the Eastern Michigan Open. Hermilo Esquivel (125 pounds) and Chris Nash (285) each took first place in their respective weight classes in the freshman/sophomore division and Michael McClure (285) placed first in the open division.
In the freshman/sophomore division, Garth Yenter placed second at 125 pounds, Terry Turner took third at 133 pounds and Jordan Wohlfert placed second at 174 pounds.
In the open division, John Rizqallah placed second at 184 pounds and Nick McDiarmid also finished in second at 197 pounds. Robert Nash took home second at 165 pounds and Dan Osterman placed third at 149 pounds.
Cheza Gets a Sixth Year
Senior David Cheza was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA and will be back in the starting lineup this upcoming season. Cheza lost multiple seasons due to injury and was granted a medical hardship waiver to compete this season.
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.
The Spartans will rely on young talent to contribute in the starting lineup this season and could have either freshman or sophomores starting in six different weight classes this season. Sophomore Josh Heinzer, a transfer from Iowa Central Community College, is penciled in as the starter at 125 pounds, while Terry Turner, Brandon Fifield, Nick Proctor, Troy Lamson, John Rizqallah and Nick McDiarmid will each be counted on this season.
Spartans Compete Internationally
Former Spartan Franklin Gomez competed in the London Olympics over the summer and dropped both of his matches at 60 kg while wrestling for Puerto Rico. Steve Andrus took second at the Olympic Trials, wrestling Greco-Roman, and was one win away from qualifying for the Olympics.
Last Year's MSU Open
The Spartans had 16 wrestlers place in the top six at the MSU Open last season, including individual titles from David Cheza in the 157-pound open division and Nick Proctor in the 165-pound freshman/sophomore division.
The Spartans will have two weeks off before they host Edinboro at Jenison Field House on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.