Nov. 28, 2006
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THIS WEEK IN SPARTAN WRESTLING
No. 19 MICHIGAN STATE (0-1) at No. 14 EDINBORO (5-1)
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Erie, Pa. Erie Civic Center
PENN STATE OPEN
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3, All Day
WHERE: State College, Pa.
SPARTANS PREPARE FOR TRIP TO PENNSYLVANIA
After taking a week off for Thanksgiving break, No. 19 Michigan State gears up for a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend. The Spartans, who lost at No. 2 Oklahoma State in their season opener on Nov. 16, travel to Erie, Pa., to take on 14th-ranked Edinboro at the Erie Civic Center this Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Two days later, MSU will compete at the Penn State Open in State College, Pa.
SPARTANS BOAST FIVE RANKED WRESTLERS
Five Michigan State wrestlers were ranked in the latest NWCA/InterMat rankings released Nov. 28, including Nick Simmons, who is No. 1 at 133 pounds. Simmons jumped to the top spot after beating previously ranked No. 1 and defending NCAA champion Matt Valenti of Penn in the 133 finals at the MSU Open on Nov. 12. Simmons has also defeated No. 3 Coleman Scott of Oklahoma State this season.
Nick's brother, Andy, is ranked fifth at 141 pounds, while red-shirt freshman Franklin Gomez is also ranked fifth at 125. Junior Joe Williams moved up to 13th at 184, and red-shirt freshman Rocky Cozart is 16th at 165.
EDINBORO NEWS & NOTES:
Edinboro returns seven NCAA qualifiers from last season's team that finished eighth at nationals.
The Fighting Scots went 12-0 in duals last season, including an 8-0 mark in the Eastern Wrestling League.
Edinboro is off to a 5-1 start with wins over Mercyhurst, Stanford, Maryland, Millersville and No. 21 Lehigh. The Scots had their 18-match winning streak snapped on Sunday, Nov. 19 with a loss to No. 8 Penn State in the Pennsylvania Duals, hosted by Lock Haven.
MSU FALLS TO No. 2 OKLAHOMA STATE IN SEASON OPENER
MSU jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with victories in the first two matches, but four-time defending national champion Oklahoma State won seven of the next matches to claim a 22-8 victory over the Spartans Nov. 16 in Stillwater.
No. 5 Franklin Gomez opened the dual by defeating Tyler Shinn at 125 pounds, 4-1, and No. 1 Nick Simmons beat No. 3 Coleman Scott at 133 pounds, 4-0, to get the Spartans on the winning track.
Oklahoma State picked up its first points of the dual with an upset in the 141-pound match, as sixth-ranked Nathan Morgan topped second-ranked Andy Simmons, 5-1.
The Cowboys used the momentum of the upset and won the next four matches to build a 16-5 lead.
Joe Williams snapped the Cowboys' five-match winning streak with a 10-9 victory over Jack Jenson at 184. It marked the second straight year Williams has defeated Jensen.
In the final two matches, Jared Shelton beat Nick Palmieri at 197, 4-0, and Jared Rosholt defeated Alan O'Donnell at heavyweight, 4-1.
Nick Simmons NAMED BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Fifth-year senior Nick Simmons was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 15 after winning the 133-pound title at the Michigan State Open. Simmons' upset victory over Matt Valenti of Penn vaulted Simmons to the top of the national rankings and earned him MSU Open Most Outstanding Wrestler honors. It marked the fourth time in Simmons' illustrious career that he has won the award.
SPARTANS SIGN FOUR TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
Coach Tom Minkel has delivered another top-notch recruiting class to East Lansing, signing four elite student-athletes to National Letters of Intent this fall. Minkel inked Tyler Dickenson (St. Johns, Mich.), Collin Dozier (Virginia Beach, Va.), Ian Hinton (Mishawaka, Ind.) and Anthony Jones (Highland Park, Mich.).
Dickenson (184/197 pounds) compiled an impressive 49-3 record as a junior and placed third at the Michigan state finals at 171 pounds, earning him a place on the Lansing State Journal Dream Team.
Dozier, a three-time Virginia state champion, is ranked the 38th top recruit in the nation according to InterMat, and is listed as fourth in his weight class at 130 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News. Dozier, who will wrestle at either 133 or 141, was a 2006 Freestyle Junior National All-American at 130 pounds. He will be reunited at MSU with former teammate and current Spartan, Walker Faison.
Hinton (174/184) is ranked among the top 150 recruits by InterMat and is listed ninth at 171 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News. He claimed the Indiana state title in 2006 at 160 pounds, and was state runner-up in 2005 at 171 pounds.
Jones, who will likely wrestle at 149 pounds at MSU, placed third in the 2006 MHSAA state finals at 140 pounds. He also finished third at 152 pounds this year at the FILA Cadet National Championships.
"This is a terrific recruiting class for us," said Minkel. "These young men will play a significant role in the success of our wrestling program in the future."