Dec. 1, 2010
SPARTANS TAKE ON NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND IOWA ON ROAD TRIP
The Michigan State wrestling team (3-0) will head to the road this weekend to face Northern Illinois on Friday, Dec. 3 and No. 6 Iowa on Saturday, Dec. 4 in the Big Ten opener.
The Spartans had 19 wrestlers place in the Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 6 and 12 place in the MSU Open on Nov. 13 before winning all three of their duals at the Sprawl & Brawl in Vestal, N.Y., on Nov. 21. Michigan State shut out Shippensburg, 50-0, controlled Harvard, 33-10, and held off Binghamton, 19-15.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Northern Illinois went 1-2 at the Hoosier Duals last weekend in Bloomington, Ind., defeating Old Dominion, 16-14, but falling to UNC-Greensboro, 21-15, and Indiana, 22-18.
The Huskies' lone ranked wrestler is Bryan Deutsch, who is rated 19th at 157 pounds. In the MSU Open, 13th-ranked David Cheza defeated Deutsch, 4-1, to claim third place in the open division.
MSU beat Northern Illinois in the Spartan Duals last season in East Lansing, 28-6, in the only previous matchup between the two schools.
SCOUTING NO. 6 IOWA
The sixth-ranked and three-time defending national champion Iowa Hawkeyes once again feature a powerful lineup in 2010-11, as eight of their 10 wrestlers are ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes. Leading the way is top-ranked Matt McDonough, who won a national title last season at 125 pounds.
The Hawkeyes are 4-0 to start the season with wins over Iowa Central Community College, Coe College, Chattanooga and Cornell (Iowa) College. Prior to hosting the Spartans on Saturday, they will face rival Iowa State Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
MSU's last win over the Hawkeyes arrived on Feb. 5, 2006, with a 19-17 victory at Jenison Field House.
MICHIGAN STATE PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Eric Olanowski (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.), 6-5, Went 2-1 at Sprawl & Brawl
133: Josh Harper (R-Fr., Mishawaka, Ind.), 6-3, Leads team with four falls
141: Joel Trombly (Sr., New Baltimore, Mich.), 0-4, Will be starting the fourth dual of his career
149: Dan Osterman (So., Carson City, Mich.), 10-2, Is 7-2 at 149 and 3-0 at 141 this season
157: No. 13 David Cheza (Jr., Grand Blanc, Mich.), 6-2, Beat then-No. 3 Justin Lister of Binghamton Nov. 21
165: Ben Boudro (Sr., Richmond, Mich.), 6-4, Placed sixth at the MSU Open Nov. 13
174: Curran Jacobs (Jr., Owosso, Mich.), 5-3, Placed fourth at the EMU Open Nov. 6
184: Ian Hinton (Jr., Nappanee, Ind.), 6-1, Went 3-0 at Sprawl & Brawl
197: Tyler Dickenson (Jr., Pewamo, Mich.), 9-3, Went 3-0 at Sprawl & Brawl, including a fall
Hwt.: Mike McClure (R-Fr., Holland, Mich.), 10-2, Won Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 6
QUOTING COACH MINKEL
On the mindset of the team heading into the Big Ten season...
"Well our first goal is to get past Thanksgiving, which is every wrestling coach's worst weekend, because kids go home and they eat, as they should, then you have to get back and we practiced last night, tried to get our weight down and get under control. We had a good practice last night but this is a big weekend for us. We have Northern Illinois on Friday, and they are a very solid squad. Then we have the defending national champions, University of Iowa, on Saturday. We're looking forward to this, Iowa graduated a lot of their starters from last year, and my team is a little more mature than it has been. So, we expect to have a good weekend."
On the lineup being settled...
"We have solidified a little bit. Danny Osterman went to 141 for the Sprawl & Brawl, and he is going back to 149. He is just more comfortable, he is a little bigger wrestler than he was last year and a little more comfortable at 149. So he is going to move into the 149 (weight class) and we will make adjustments accordingly.
"Other than that, the lineup will stay mostly the same. Joel Trombly will wrestle 141 for us, and other than that we will have the same lineup. We wrestled pretty well last weekend and got some of the butterflies out. Josh Harper at 133 really stepped up in his first three duals as a redshirt freshman and wrestled particularly well. Some of our veteran kids had a good weekend too. It was good to get into the dual meet environment and now we will have a little stronger test this weekend."
On the environment and what it will be like in Iowa City...
"It is not only in Carver-Hawkeye (Arena); it is in the whole town, it is at the hotel, at the gas station, people kind of harass you on the street. They are very passionate about wrestling in Iowa, and rightfully so. They have had one of the great runs and programs in the country in any sport. But at the same time it is a great challenge for us. And we have beaten Iowa a few times and it is very satisfying when you do that. We would really like to do it in Carver-Hawkeye (Arena), in Iowa City, which we haven't done in some time. It will certainly be a challenge but we're looking forward to it."
On veterans looking forward to having another chance at Iowa...
"We enjoy this because again it is such a marquee dual and such a marquee program. They have an enormous crowd at Carver-Hawkeye (Arena). The place is just rocking. It is probably the largest crowd that we will wrestle for in a dual meet...It is a special experience but at the same time we want to come out there and not be intimidated by that environment, or get nervous by it. Hopefully we can thrive on it (the intensity) and wrestle better because of it."
On the progression of 184-pounder Ian Hinton
"Ian (Hinton) is a very athletic wrestler, and wrestles more like a guy in a smaller weight class. Last year he was at 174 and I think moving to 184 that his athleticism has helped him a little bit more. He gets more out of his athleticism up a weight class. Ian is a great wrestler to begin with, very athletic and has some moves that you don't normally see in the bigger weight class. I think he will have more success at 184. And also he is a year older, a year more experience, but I think the weight class is more suited to him."
LAST TIME OUT: SPARTANS GO 3-0 AT SPRAWL & BRAWL
Michigan State swept all three of its duals Nov. 21 at the Sprawl & Brawl, defeating Shippensburg, Harvard and Binghamton. The Spartans (3-0) shut out Shippensburg in the morning opener, 50-0, controlled Harvard, 33-10, and held off host Binghamton, who was receiving votes in the Top 25, 19-15.
MSU opened with a dominating 50-0 performance over Shippensburg, winning all 10 of the matches, including six falls. Josh Harper (133), David Cheza (157), Ben Boudro (165), Ian Hinton (184), Tyler Dickenson (197) and Mike McClure (Hwt.) all recorded pins in the dual, while Eric Olanowski (125) and Curran Jacobs (184) notched major decisions. Dan Osterman registered a 9-5 decision at 141.
The Spartans won seven of 10 matches in the 33-10 victory over Harvard. Harper delivered his second fall of the day at the 3:50 mark over Fermin Mendez, while Osterman won by technical fall with an impressive 19-1 victory against Joseph Alie as MSU opened an 11-3 lead. Harvard cut the score to 11-10 by winning the next two matches at 149 and 157, but the Spartans closed the dual by winning five straight.
In the finale, Michigan State claimed the last three matches and rallied from a 15-9 deficit to defeat Binghamton, 19-15. MSU and Binghamton alternated wins until the streak was broken at 174 pounds, as Ryan McGarity pinned Curran Jacobs to make it 15-9 in favor of the Bearcats. But the Spartans responded as Hinton (6-5) and Dickenson (4-1) recorded wins at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively, followed by an 11-0 major decision by McClure at heavyweight. At 157, Cheza, ranked 14th, defeated third-ranked Justin Lister, 7-4, while at 141, Osterman beat No. 20 Anwar Goeres, 3-1.