Michigan State Opens Big Ten Season at Purdue
Dec. 8, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich.- Michigan State wrestling opens the Big Ten season in West Lafayette, Ind., against Purdue Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. The Spartans (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) are coming off road wins over both Lock Haven and Bucknell.
"The Purdue dual is a very important dual, being a Big Ten dual," head coach Tom Minkel said. "Hopefully the strides we made will carry over to this weekend as well. It is very important for us to wrestle well."
Purdue (3-4, 0-0) is coming off a 19-15 win at Northern Illinois on Dec. 1. The Boilermakers also went 1-3 at Journeymen/Asics Northeast duals and recorded an upset victory over No. 14 American in the final dual of the day.
The Spartans lead the all-time series record against Purdue 46-23-1. Last season, Michigan State fell to then No. 23 Purdue on the road, 22-9. Ian Hinton upset eighth-ranked A.J. Kissel with a 5-3 sudden victory, while Dan Osterman (149) and Joe Rizqallah (heavyweight) also recorded victories for the Spartans.
Wrestling Wins Both Duals on the Road In Pennsylvania
Michigan State wrestling got off to an impressive start on the road last weekend, notching a 30-6 victory over the Lock Haven Bald Eagles and a 27-6 win over the Bucknell Bison on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Lock Haven dual started in the 149-pound class and No. 18 Dan Osterman fell to Owen Wilkinson of Lock Haven, 3-0. Following the opening match, the Spartans rattled off six straight victories.
At 157 pounds, Anthony Jones Jr. won a decision over Jake Kemerer, 7-3. David Cheza wrestled at 165 pounds for the first time this season and came away with an 8-0 major decision over Seth Creasy. Cheza recorded 3:56 of riding time in the match.
Another major decision ensued; Curran Jacobs took down Aaron McKinney at 174 pounds, 12-4, putting Michigan State ahead 11-3.
In the 184-pound match Ian Hinton defeated Fred Garcia of Lock Haven by injury default. Michigan State continued to roll as No. 18 Tyler Dickenson recorded a major decision of his own, a 12-3 victory over Chris White of Lock Haven. In the heavyweight matchup, Steve Andrus received a 6-3 decision over Harry Turner of Lock Haven.
Bobby Rehm defeated Chris Lyon, 9-6 at 125 pounds.Michigan State won the last two duals of the match, freshman Brandon Fifield got a 7-3 decision over Jonathan Childress of Lock Haven, and fellow freshman Brian Gibbs concluded the dual with an 11-7 win over Damien Hopper of Lock Haven, giving Michigan State a 30-6 victory.
Michigan State traveled from Lock Haven to the campus of Bucknell in Lewisburg. Pa. on Saturday to face the Bison and a familiar face, Bucknell head coach Dan Wirnsberger. Wirnsberger wrestled for Michigan State from 1990-1995 and was a three-time All-American for the Spartans. He compiled a record of 120-44, the third-most wins in Spartan history.
The dual started off with Brenan Lyon losing an overtime decision to Austin Miller of Bucknell, 3-1 at 125 pounds. Brandon Fifield won his second match Saturday, a 5-2 decision over Shawn Armato at 133 pounds.
In the 141-pound match, Andrew Ermatinger fell to Alex Pellicciotti of Bucknell, 7-1. No. 18 Dan Osterman recorded a 4-0 decision over Derrik Russell at 149 pounds. Osterman had a takedown in the first period and added an escape in the second as well.
At 157 pounds Anthony Jones Jr. came away with a close 4-3 decision over John Regan of Bucknell. Jones did not give up a takedown in the match but Regan was able to escape on three separate occasions to keep him in it. Jones came up with the deciding takedown late in the third period to secure the win.
Nick Proctor remains undefeated on the season (9-0) and picked up his first dual win, a 4-1 decision over Ray Schlitt at 165 pounds. Curran Jacobs kept the Spartans rolling at 174 pounds with a 7-3 decision over Stephen McPeek of Bucknell. Ian Hinton beat Jamie Westwood with a 5-1 decision in the 184-pound match and notched a takedown and an escape in the third period to assure the victory.
At 197 pounds, Nick McDiarmid needed a huge third period to beat Tyler Lyster, 7-4. McDiarmid was down 4-2 heading into the third but came up with two near fall points, a reversal and added riding time to record the decision. Bucknell forfeited the heavyweight match and the Spartans won, 27-6. Michigan State went a combined 57-12 in the two non-conference duals against Lock Haven and Bucknell.
Following the Purdue dual, the Spartans are off for a week for finals before heading to Reno, Nev., to participate in the Reno Tournament of Champions.
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