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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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Spartan Playbook: Double Leg Takedown – Mike McClure

MSU heavyweight Mike McClure teaches how to execute a double leg takedown. He walks through each step and shows what to look for from an opposing wrestler.

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Spartan Playbook connects sports fans to the most high-profile athletes at Michigan State University. In each episode of Spartan Playbook, the most strategic moves in each sport are explored.

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Bittersweet Spartan Symphony

Last.

This bittersweet adjective is one that MSU seniors have been using a lot lately when referring to the winter of their collegiate experience. The last semester, last class, last chance.

For Michigan State’s heavyweight, Mike McClure, his last season for MSU went out on a highlight. McClure finished the NCAA Championship with a fifth place finish and secured All-American honors over the weekend. McClure is the first Spartan All-American heavyweight since Don Whipp in 1993.

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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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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 Wrestlers Finish off Dual Season against No. 24 Chippewas

Riding a two-dual win streak, Michigan State’s wrestling team looks to finish their dual season on a high note against the No. 24 Central Michigan Chippewas.

The Spartans (7-10) are coming off a 40-0 shutout over Olivet College last Friday on the team’s senior day at Jenison Field House. MSU stacked up the style points in the Olivet dual with two falls and four major decisions, including four victories for all the Spartan seniors, two of which were pins.

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Pinned Down – #3 – 2/17/14

In this week’s podcast, Pinned Down host Nick Carver recaps the recent Michigan State Spartan wrestling action.

The Spartans got their first Big Ten win by way of defeating Indiana, 18-16 last Sunday in Hoosier country. The meet came down to the final match with the Spartans trailing the Hoosiers, 15-16. Garth Yenter sealed the victory for the Spartans with a season defining 10-3 decision victory.

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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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Wrestling Closes out Big Ten Season on the Road

Michigan State’s wrestling team looks to close out the Big Ten dual season on a high note this weekend.

The Spartans (5-9, 0-6) will go up against No. 13 Ohio State (8-4, 3-4) on Friday and Indiana (8-8-1, 0-3) on Sunday. The Friday dual is being hosted by OSU at Massillon Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio at 7 p.m. On Sunday, MSU heads to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Hoosiers at 2 p.m.

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Nittany Lions Roar in Spartan Country

It was a difficult Friday night in East Lansing. The Michigan State Spartan wrestling team went up against the top-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions and hoped for a different result than last week with No. 15 Illinois at home.

They got a different result, just not the one they were looking for.

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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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Pinned Down – #2 – 1/29/14

It was a jam-packed weekend for the Michigan State wrestling team. In episode No. 2 of Pinned Down, host Nick Carver talks with Spartan heavyweight Mike McClure about his recent victory over former No. 1 ranked Adam Coon of Michigan

Carver also recaps the weekend matchups with the the No. 15 Wolverines on the road Friday and the No. 12 Fighting Illini at home on Sunday. Later, he previews the upcoming meet versus Penn State on Friday at Jenison Field House in East Lansing.

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Wrestling Prepares for Big Weekend against Michigan and Illinois

The Spartan wrestling team kicks off a busy weekend with matches against No. 12 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by a home dual Sunday against No. 15 Illinois.

The Spartans (5-6, 0-3) are coming off a home loss to then No. 2 Minnesota last Friday. Michigan (7-2, 3-0) upset the Gophers in Ann Arbor, 19-14, last Sunday.

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