Spartan Wrestling Begins Dual Season with Eastern Michigan
Nov. 17, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan State wrestling team commences its dual season with a home matchup against Eastern Michigan at IM West on Friday, Nov. 18.
"I expect a very tough dual," said head coach Tom Minkel. "I was impressed with the kids from Eastern that we have seen last week and this week and they have maybe their most solid team in a long time. There is no question we will have our hands full. It will be a good dual."
The Spartans will take on the Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Friday at IM West and is the opening dual contest for both teams.
"When Grady Peninger was here and Michigan State was national champions in 1967, they wrestled all their matches in the gym at IM West and the place just rocked," Minkel said. "I have a lot of fond memories of that. It is a small venue but it can get pretty intimate and pretty raucous in there. We are hoping to replicate that this weekend."
Michigan State enters the contest with four ranked wrestlers by InterMat and was receiving votes in the latest NWCA team rankings. Ranked wrestlers include No. 20 Dan Osterman (149), No. 15 David Cheza (157), No.16 Tyler Dickenson (197) and No.14 Michael McClure (HWT).
In their last meeting last season the Spartans edged the Eagles 19-15 at the Spartan Duals. Contributing to the Michigan State victory last season was Eric Olanowski (125), Dan Osterman (149), Curran Jacobs (174), Ian Hinton (184) and Tyler Dickenson.
A rematch of last years 125-pound contest will take place with Olanowski facing off against Jared Germaine of Eastern Michigan, Olanowski came away with a 5-4 decision last season. Ian Hinton and Tyler Dickenson could also find themselves in rematches of last season depending on which wrestler starts for Eastern Michigan. Hinton could face Khodor Hoballah of EMU, whom he beat 9-2 last season at the Spartan Duals. Dickenson won a close 6-5 decision last year over Nick Whittenburg and might see him again Friday night.
SIXTEEN SPARTANS PLACE AT MSU OPEN The Spartans had 16 wrestlers place in the top six at the MSU Open on Saturday, Nov. 12. David Cheza and Nick Proctor claimed individual titles, Cheza in the 157-pound open division and Proctor in the 165-pound freshman/sophomore division.
"Every single guy wrestled very, very hard," MSU head coach Tom Minkel said. "I am enormously proud of this group. Every guy gave everything they had. We had as good a tournament that we have had here and the field was tougher this year than it ever has been."
The depth of the Spartan wrestling team was on display at the MSU Open. Michigan State placed wrestlers in nine different weight classes and 16 placed in the top-six of the tournament in either the open or the freshman/sophomore division.
"We have really good depth, and really good commitment from a lot of guys," Minkel said. "When half of your team places in a tournament like this, you are on the right track."
David Cheza was the top finisher in the open division, winning an individual title in the 157-pound bracket. In the quarterfinals Cheza defeated Dylan Marriott of Northwestern 8-1, and then beat Jake O'Hara of Columbia, 6-1 in the semifinals. In the championship match he notched a 5-2 decision over Elias Larson of Trine University.
"He did not give up a takedown the whole tournament," Minkel said of Cheza. "Cheza is certainly on track and he is very focused and committed to winning a national title and this was a good step in that direction."
Junior Eric Olanowski placed fourth in the open division at 125 pounds, finishing with a 2-2 record. Olanowski fell to Joe Roth of Central Michigan in the third-place match, 9-4.
Junior Dan Osterman placed second at 149 pounds and finished 4-1. Osterman had a takedown in the third period against Mike Hillock of Michigan and won a close 3-2 decision in the semifinals. Osterman lost to Taylor Walsh of Indiana, 3-2, in the championship match.
Placing third in the 157-pound class was senior Anthony Jones Jr., finishing 4-1. Jones lost a 4-3 decision to Elias Larson in the quarterfinals but came back to beat Jake O'Hara of Columbia, 9-5, to take third.
Nick Proctor went undefeated in the 165-pound freshman/sophomore division and finished 5-0. Proctor picked up a 3-2 decision over Mike Ottinger of Central Michigan in the championship match.
In the 174-pound class senior Curran Jacobs placed fourth with a 3-2 record. Jacobs lost an 8-5 decision to Justin Zeerip of Michigan and suffered an injury in the semifinal match. Jacobs was forced to injury default in the third-place match.
Fellow senior Ian Hinton placed second at 184 pounds and finished 4-1. Hinton won four consecutive matches and then faced Ben Bennett of Central Michigan in the championship match. Bennett recorded a fall over Hinton in 2:34.
Nick McDiarmid took second place in the 197-pound class.
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