John Rizqallah

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…

Pinned Down – #4 – 3/13/14

In the fourth podcast of Pinned Down, host Nick Carver recaps the Big Ten Wrestling Championships.

While the Spartans finished twelfth out of twelve teams in the field, two Spartan wrestlers placed at the tournament and earned NCAA Championship berths.

Mike McClure finished fourth in the Big Ten Championship and John Rizqallah finished seventh.

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Madhouse in Madison

Over the weekend, the Spartan wrestling team competed at the Big Ten Championship in Madison, Wis. And while the team placed last with 21.5 points, there were bright spots for the men of Sparta.

Senior Bobby Nash, 165 pounds, placed ninth after his 7-3 victory over Purdue’s Pat Robinson. Junior John Rizqallah, 184 pounds, placed seventh thanks to a 4-2 decision over Indiana’s Luke Sheridan. Rizqallah also earned his second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships after his victory.

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Spartans Prepare for Postseason Push

In any sport the regular season can be seen as a precursor for what is to come. This weekend at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. the Michigan State wrestling team looks to come out and show the Big Ten Championship exactly what they are made of.

The road will not be easy, much like the rest of the Spartans’ season, for the grapplers of Sparta.

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Spartan Grapplers Shut out Comets on Senior Day

40-0 MSU.

A score like this one is a welcome sight to many Spartan wrestling fans after a tumultuous and arduous season.

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Michigan State Wrestlers Gets First Big Ten Win

Michigan State’s wrestling team got their first Big Ten victory in the last conference match of the year against the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday.

This is was a huge win for the Spartans and head coach Tom Minkel who have strived for their first Big Ten victory all year. Both squads were searching for the elusive Big Ten win going into the dual.

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Spartan Grapplers Prepare for Nittany Lions

Michigan State’s wrestling team (5-8 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) play host to the No. 1 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (11-0, 5-0) on Friday.

The Spartans are coming off a home loss to No. 15 Illinois on Sunday and are looking to gain their first victory in the Big Ten.

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Spartans Fall to Illini and Wolverines in Busy Weekend

Michigan State’s wrestling team came into this weekend with two matches versus two top squads.

On Friday, the Spartans ventured into the hostile territory of Ann Arbor, Mich. and faced off against the No. 12 Wolverines of the University of Michigan. The Spartans ended up losing the match by a score of 26-6, however they got two notable victories at 197 and 285 pounds.

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Spartans Get Shutout in Hawkeye Country

Michigan State’s wrestling team, fresh off a victory at the Cradle Gear Invitational in Lock Haven, Pa. on December 29, went into Carver-Hawkeye Arena with some lofty expectations on Saturday. Unfortunately, the third-ranked Hawkeyes had other plans for the men of Sparta as Michigan State fell 41-0.

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MSU Wrestling Puts Cradle Gear Invitational in…Cradle

Michigan State’s wrestling squad got a late Christmas present by winning the Cradle Gear Invitational by a 19-point margin. They surpsassed second-place Bloomsburg University, who had a scoring total of 86 points.

Three of MSU’s wrestlers fought their way to first place: 149-pounder Nick Trimble, 184-pounder John Rizqallah and heavyweight Mike McClure.

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