Men’s Wrestling

Spartans Fall to Central Michigan on Senior Night

Michigan State was defeated by Central Michigan, 21-12, on Senior Night at Jenison Field House.

Before the dual, a ceremony was held for the class of 2015. Ryan Watts, Kevin Nash, John Rizqallah, Nick Proctor, Nick McDiarmid and Luke Jones were all honored.

The Spartans found themselves in a hole after the first match at 174 pounds. Proctor was pinned by Jordan Ellingwood less than a minute into the match. Read More…

Coach Minkel’s Lasting Impact

In the middle of the arduous task that is the Big Ten wrestling schedule, it seems like a change of pace would be nice.

Not many people really understand exactly what Tom Minkel has done, or who the man is. Minkel is in his 24th season as head coach of the Michigan State wrestling team. During his time as head coach, Minkel has produced 37 All-Americans, 13 Big Ten Champions and two NCAA champions. Read More…

Spartan Wrestlers Shutout by Penn State

Michigan State wrestling faced a daunting task when the four-time defending NCAA Champion and fifth-ranked Penn State came to Jenison Field House on Feb. 1. The Spartans could not keep up and lost 35-0.

The Spartans started with a loss when Mitch Rogaliner lost against No. 8 Jordan Conaway, 13-6. Read More…

Wolverine Wrestlers Triumph at Jenison

When the Spartans square off against the Wolverines, there will always be some fireworks to watch for. Unfortunately for Tom Minkel’s wrestlers, they were on the losing end of the meet against Michigan on Sunday.

The Spartans fell by a final score of 28-9, with the Wolverines winning the lower weight classes handily. Read More…

Bucknell Baffles Spartans at Home

After a long holiday layoff, the Spartan wrestlers returned to action Sunday against the Bisons of Bucknell. Unfortunately for the Spartans, the Bisons seemed to be firing on all cylinders.

The final score, 25-12 Bucknell, would seem to say that the Spartans were not competitive in the meet. That is just not true; they just could not quite replicate the same kind of scoring as the Bisons. Bucknell recorded a pin, technical fall and two major decisions against the Spartans. Read More…

Wrestling Strong at UNI Open

MSU Wrestling had a strong showing this past Saturday at the Northern Iowa Open. Senior John Rizqallah and redshirt freshman Javier Gasca both took first at this weekend’s open tournament.

Rizqallah (184 pounds) defeated Tyler Hoffman of Iowa Central Community College in the first round by way of a major decision, 14-1, then proceeded to shut out Luther College’s Matthew Chlebek. In the semifinals, Rizqallah defeated Jayden Devilbiss, another Luther College wrestler, by a slimmer margin of 13-10. Rizqallah took first place via a medical forfeit by Northern Iowa’s Cody Caldwell. Read More…

Hawkeyes Soar Over Spartans at Home

Riding high off of a 27-6 victory over the Northern Illinois Huskies in Dekalb, Illinois, the Spartan wrestling team came into Iowa City on a high note Saturday night. This high note was extinguished by the symphony that was the Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team.

Squaring off against the top ranked team in the country is always a tough task and the Spartans ended up finding themselves on the wrong side of a 37-0 score. Read More…

Pinned Down – #7 – 12/8/14

In the seventh podcast of the year, host Nick Carver and co-host Luke Robins discuss the Spartan wrestling weekend.

MSU went 1-1 on the weekend, and the two comment on what exactly that means for the season. They also preview next weekend’s open at Northern Iowa and look forward to when final exams end.  Read More…

Wrestling Hosting Northern Illinois for Dual Meet

When you think of a huskie, what pops up? Is it a cute dog with a fluffy tail? Yeah, you should probably forget that image.

The MSU Wrestling team goes up against the Northern Illinois Huskies this Friday in Dekalb, Illinois. The Huskies are 6-0 on the year, coming off a 3-0 dual meet at West Virginia, Binghamton, and Sacred Heart. The dual will start at 8 p.m. Friday night.   Read More…

Pinned Down – #7 – 12/1/14

In the seventh edition of Pinned Down, host Nick Carver previews the upcoming weekend in the Midwest for the MSU wrestling team.

Carver discusses the difficult conditions facing the team as they approach the season, and also gives his opinion on a wrestler to watch this week. Read More…

Pinned Down – #6 – 11/24/14

In the latest Pinned Down podcast, host Nick Carver and reporter Luke Robins recap the MSU dual meet against the Iowa State Cyclones.

The two also touch on plans for the upcoming holiday, and note that they are both thankful for some time off. Read More…

Cyclones Sweep Into East Lansing

On a gloomy day in East Lansing, a wicked wind blew into town from Ames, Iowa. The No. 16 Cyclones of Iowa State University came to East Lansing to square off against the men of Sparta.

The match began at 133 pounds with No. 16 Javier Gasca of MSU squaring off against No. 12 Earl Hall. Gasca wrestled very hard and came out with a 5-3 victory over a ranked opponent. This victory left the Spartan faithful roaring after a last-second takedown. Gasca is a wrestler to keep an eye on for the grappling fan. Read More…

Spartans Start Strong, but Fall to Gophers

The Michigan State wrestling team lost to No. 2 Minnesota, 36-3, at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis for the Big Ten opener Friday night.

The Spartans (2-2) were facing a tough match up with the Gophers (4-0), but they got things going when redshirt freshman Mitch Rogaliner won a 7-5 decision over Jordan Bremer at 125 pounds. This was his first career start in a Big Ten dual and he improved to 7-2 for the season. Read More…

Wrestling Soars at EMU Open

The Michigan State wrestling team went 2-1 at the Eastern Michigan Duals on Saturday in Ypsilanti. The Spartan squad defeated Kent State (32-7) and Olivet College (44-0) and lost the match to Chattanooga (24-13).

Nick McDiarmid (197) John Rizqallah (184) Roger Wildmo (157) and Javier Gasca (133) went 3-0 on the day, setting the bar for MSU. Read More…

Spartans Salivate for EMU Open

The grapplers of Sparta have their next open event this coming Saturday in Ypsilanti at the EMU Open. The Spartans, coming off a successful MSU Open, look to continue their momentum before starting off the long season of dual meets. A couple of wrestlers to keep an eye on at the open are John Rizqallah, Nick McDiarmid and Garth Yenter.

Rizqallah, the 184-pound wrestler, qualified for the NCAA Championships last year. This is Rizqallah’s senior year at MSU, so you can be sure that he will leave it all on the mat night after night. Not to mention, Rizqallah has a wrestling style all his own on the mat. Read More…

Roll Out: MSU Wrestling Preview

It is that magical time for wrestling fans. Time to roll out the mats and bust out the headgear, or in my athletically challenged case, pull out the computer. For Michigan State wrestling fans, the season is rapidly approaching. Head coach and parrot aficionado Tom Minkel recently released the MSU grappling schedule.

It will not be an easy season this year, as the Spartans take on eight of the top 25 teams from last year, including a home dual against four-time reigning NCAA Champion, Penn State. In total, Michigan State will take on six ranked teams at home in the Jenison Field House.

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Jack Allen’s Hands on Approach

Players strive their whole lives to be the famous quarterback or the elite running back, but some kids just end up growing too fast and becoming too large.

These select few are given what used to be the most overlooked position on the team: offensive lineman.

You are never really shown highlights of the offensive line unless a former lineman is working in the announcing booth and points out some intricate detail about the foot or hand speed of the lineman that bores the average fan.

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