EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State wrestling program continued a strong stretch of duals on Sunday, February 10, defeating Cleveland State by a final mark of 36-7 from Jenison Field House.
A win improved the Spartans season tally to 9-6 overall, which guarantees Michigan State’s first season at or above .500 since the 2010-11 season where they finished 9-9.
Sunday’s dual started at 125 pounds as No. 7-ranked Rayvon Foley got himself back into the win column with an 18-0 tech fall over Cameron Lathem. Foley improved his season record to 27-2 overall and 14-1 in duals with a win over Lathem.
Redshirt junior Logan Griffin made his second appearance of the season at 133 pounds, but was defeated by Armando Torres, an Eastern Michigan transfer, by a 10-0 mark.
The 141 pound bout started a string of six-straight victories for the Spartans. Redshirt Senior Austin Eicher won his second-straight contest since returning to the Spartans lineup, defeating Sam Matzek by fall late in the third period (6:51) to put MSU up 11-4.
Redshirt freshman Jaden Enriquez also picked up his second dual victory in a row on Sunday, defeating Brady Barnett, who entered Sunday’s dual with a season record of 17-7 and 9-2 in duals.
Bouncing back from a loss against Northwestern was 157-pounder Jake Tucker who earned an 8-0 major decision over Nico O’Dor to put the Spartans up 18-4 at the intermission.
Out of the break, redshirt sophomore Austin Hiles picked up his second dual win of the year in a 9-5 contest with Ryan Ford.
Cleveland State opted to forfeit at 174 pounds leading into redshirt freshman Cameron Caffey’s match at 184. Caffey was the Spartans second winner by fall of the afternoon, pinning Chris Morrow in 4:35 to give MSU a 33-4 advantage.
The Vikings brought the overall score to 33-7 with a win at 197 pounds, but heavyweight Chase Beard gave three points right back to the Spartans with a 6-2 decision in the duals final bout.
Michigan State will travel to University Park, Pa. on Friday, February 15 to face the No. 1-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions at 7:00 pm ET. Penn State is fresh off an 28-9 victory over No. 6-ranked Ohio State. The Nittany Lions are 11-0 on the season and 7-0 in the Big Ten.
February 10, 2019 // Cleveland State Dual // East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan State 36, Cleveland State 7
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) over Cameron Lathem (CSU), TF, 18-0 | MSU leads 5-0
133: Armando Torres (CSU) over Logan Griffin (MSU), MD, 10-0 | MSU leads 5-4
141: Austin Eicher (MSU) over Sam Matzek (CSU), Fall (6:51) | MSU leads 11-4
149: Jaden Enriquez (MSU) over Brady Barnett (CSU), 8-3 | MSU leads 14-4
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) over Nico O’Dor (CSU), MD, 8-0 | MSU leads 18-4
165: Austin Hiles (MSU) over Ryan Ford (CSU), 9-5 | MSU leads 21-4
174: Drew Hughes (MSU) wins by forfeit | MSU leads 27-4
184: Cameron Caffey (MSU) over Chris Morrow (CSU), Fall (4:35) | MSU leads 33-4
197: Ben Smith (CSU) over Brad Wilton (MSU), 7-2 | MSU leads 33-7
285: Chase Beard (MSU) over Collin Kelly (CSU), 6-2 | MSU wins 36-7
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