WHO: Michigan State Spartans (2-4, 0-2 Big Ten)
WHEN: Sunday, January 8, 2017
WHERE: Jenisen Field House (East Lansing, MI)
START TIME: 12:00 PM CT
ONLINE: BTN Plus ($)
RADIO: 800 AM KXIC; Hawkeye All-Access ($)
Iowa's jaunt through Michigan concludes with a visit to Michigan State today. They are, predictably, dead last in the Big Ten with a 2-4 record overall and an 0-2 record in conference action. They got hammered 35-3 by Nebraska, but did give Minnesota a real run for their money, only losing 20-17 after Minnesota locked up a major decision in the final bout. That probably says more about Minnesota than it does about Michigan State, though. They're not very good -- just two wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 -- and they don't have nearly enough horsepower to challenge Iowa. This should be a blowout -- the only question is how lopsided the final margin gets.
|WEIGHT||IOWA||ELIG||REC||RESULT||MICHIGAN ST||ELIG||REC||TEAM SCORE|
|125||#1 Thomas Gilman||SR||14-0||W (TECH FALL)||
OR Mitch Rogaliner
#1 Cory Clark
OR Phillip Laux
|7-0||W (DEC)||Austin Eicher||JR||10-8||IOWA 8-0|
|141||Topher Carton||SR||15-2||L (DEC)||#16 Javier Gasca||JR||17-4||IOWA 8-3|
|149||#2 Brandon Sorensen||JR||15-0||W (DEC)||Nick Trimble||SR||11-5||IOWA 11-3|
|157||#2 Michael Kemerer||RSFR||16-0||W (MAJ DEC)||Austin Thompson||SO||17-8||IOWA 15-3|
|165||Joey Gunther||RSFR||12-2||L (DEC)||#20 Drew Hughes||FR||17-2||IOWA 15-6|
|174||#13 Alex Meyer||SR||13-2||W (MAJ DEC)||
OR Logan Ritchie
|184||#6 Sammy Brooks||SR||13-1||W (MAJ DEC)||
OR Wesley Maskill
|197||Cash Wilcke||RSFR||9-4||W (DEC)||Matt Okaiye||SO||5-5||IOWA 26-6|
#6 Sam Stoll
OR Steven Holloway
|W (DEC)||Jacob Cooper||SO||9-11||IOWA 29-6|
A few thoughts on each weight...
- Griffin has a better record, but has faced a weaker slate of opponents. Rogaliner has a lifetime 0-2 record against Gilman, both time losing via major decision. Whoever goes here, I expect a Gilman rout.
- Eicher has a decent record and may be on the fringes of the Top 20, but I would expect a comfortable Clark decision win if he wrestles. Eicher could probably get Laux, though.
- Gasca is MSU's best wrestler, so Carton-Gasca is probably the match of the dual as Carton is himself a fringe Top 20 guy. This is a toss-up, but I'll lean Gasca since he has a little bit better track record than Carton.
- Trimble has a solid record, but most of that is built on wins over weaker opponents. That said, he's kept his losses pretty respectable and Sorensen isn't a huge point-scorer, so I'll go with a simple decision win for Brandon here.
- Thompson also has a solid record, but he's struggled against better opponents. Kemerer seems to be getting better and better so I think he pushes the lead in this one and gets a major decision.
- Hughes has been having a very nice true freshman season and is probably Sparty's second-best wrestler after Gasca. I think he pulls out the decision over Gunther and gives MSU fans something to cheer about.
- Both Barnes and Ritchie have suffered a lot of bonus point losses this year, so while Meyer isn't the biggest scorer, I think he can work a major decision here by doing some work on the mat.
- Shadaia and Maskill have eaten a lot of losses this year -- Brooks is gonna feed 'em another one, most likely with plenty of bonus points.
- Okaiye's only wins this year have come against weaker opponents this year, so I think Wilcke makes it 2-for-2 with wins this weekend.
- Cooper has a lot of losses this year, but he's kept things tight against some quality opponents (1-0 loss to Minnesota's Michael Kroells, 3-0 loss to Nebraska's Collin Jensen), so bonus points may not be too likely here. But a Stoll win should be comfortable and Holloway might even have a shot.
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