Nick Carver

Eagles Clipped in East Lansing

Riding high off of a 45-42 defeat of the Michigan Wolverines, the Eagles of Eastern Michigan came into East Lansing with an upset mindset. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the men of Sparta were in no mood to be a headline upset. The final score was 66-46 MSU. 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…

Men’s Basketball Roars Past Grizzlies

Coming into Sunday’s matchup, the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University had been an unpredictable game for the Spartan hoop team. Last year, MSU pulled out a narrow four-point victory on Oakland’s home court. This year, that was not the case.

The final score of the game was 87-61 MSU, a victory that came behind some prolific marksmanship from beyond the arc. A three-point percentage of 58.8 with 10 of 17 three-point shots that MSU attempted finding their mark made it a tough night for the Grizzlies. Read More…

Opinion: Not Time to Worry About Men’s Basketball

Being a Michigan State basketball fan has had its perks for quite some time now. Unfortunately, the men’s basketball team has been dropped out of the top 25 rankings as of Monday after a tough loss to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. While it is disheartening to not see a Spartan head among the top-ranked teams in the country, the lack of ranking is deserved.

The basketball team is now 6-3 on the year, a record that has been fluffed up with victories against teams like Santa Clara and the UAPB Golden Lions. The Spartans were forced to rely on a 25-point performance from senior guard Travis Trice in order to beat Navy by a score of 64-59. 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…

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…

Men’s Basketball Drops Orlando Classic Final to Kansas

Michigan State Basketball went into the final round of the Orlando Classic looking like the team to beat. Squaring up against the No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks, there was a chance for Izzo’s squad to come out and take a game.

Instead, Spartan fans were left with a bit of a sour taste in their mouths. The Spartans lost 61-56 to the Jayhawks. 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…

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…

Opinion: Spartan Hoops Need Stronger Starter Showing

MSU men’s basketball opened the regular season last Friday against Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. While the Spartans enjoyed the hospitality of the Midshipmen during the week, the actual game was anything but a polite affair.

The Spartans squeaked out a 64-59 victory. 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…

Spartans Shoot Down St. Cloud State

If you were not aware, Friday, the Michigan State men’s basketball team had a game. Michigan State continued its exhibition excellence against St. Cloud State with a 101-46 victory.

Junior guard Denzel Valentine finished the night with a triple double, while his point guard counterpart Travis Trice finished with a team-high 20 points, including a 4-8 stat from beyond the arc. Read More…

The Return of Russell Byrd

Who remembers Russell Byrd? You should.

It is hard to forget the majestic shot that Byrd put up last year against Iowa that put the Spartans ahead in a tight game. The former MSU guard transferred from MSU to The Master’s College this past year to finish his senior year. 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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Opinion: Frontcourt Follies

Spartan basketball took a hit when it was announced that sharp-shooting sophomore Kenny Kaminski was being dismissed from the team on August 4. Kaminski tweeted on August 2 that he was transferring from MSU and was unsure of where he was headed.

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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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