#3 Iowa vs Michigan State Wrestling: Preview + Open Thread

By RossWB on January 8, 2017 at 8:00 am
Sammy Brooks gets ready to pounce

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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
TV: none
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) Logan Griffin
OR Mitch Rogaliner
RSFR/
JR
14-6/
10-8
IOWA 5-0
133 #1 Cory Clark 
OR Phillip Laux
7-0/
8-7
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) Drew Barnes
OR Logan Ritchie
SR/
RSFR
6-7/
3-6
IOWA 19-6
184 #6 Sammy Brooks SR 13-1 W (MAJ DEC) Shwan Shadaia
OR Wesley Maskill
SO/
SO
6-9/
7-8
IOWA 23-6
197 Cash Wilcke RSFR 9-4 W (DEC) Matt Okaiye SO 5-5 IOWA 26-6
285 #6 Sam Stoll
OR Steven Holloway
SO/
RSFR
5-1/
5-5
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. 

This dual is only on BTN Plus ($), but I'll still be posting about the dual in the comments -- feel free to join in!

H/T to the good folks at IA Wrestle (@IAWrestle on Twitter) for the photo assistance!

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