Preview: Spartan wrestling set to take on Northwestern at home


MSU wrestling coach Roger Chandler/Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Ellie Bednarz, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING, Mich.- It’s going to be a Friday night showcase for the MSU wrestling team with Northwestern visiting. Coming off a 29-6 win against Maryland last week, the Spartans are looking to move up the rankings.

Currently, the team is ranked at No. 14 in the NCAA rankings and in fifth place in the Big Ten. This meet against Northwestern is one of the last three meets left on the schedule until the Big Ten tournament. For the Wildcats, they find themselves in 10th place in the Big Ten and outside of the NCAA rankings. Both teams also beat Maryland by large margins.

This will be the 25th all-time meeting between MSU and Northwestern, with a slight edge going to Northwestern 13-11. For the Spartans to be successful Friday, they have to have consistent matches, especially from whoever competes against No. 13-ranked Michael DeAugustino and No. 11-ranked Yahya Thomas.

MSU wrestler Cameron Caffey grapples with a Michigan wrestler/ Photo Credit: Michigan State Athletic Communications

From the match last week MSU had top-25 wins from redshirt junior Layne Malczewski (184) and redshirt senior Cameron Caffey (197). For Caffey, he now extends his win streak to eight and is looking for more on the mat Friday. 

On the other side, Northwestern had wins from grad student Thomas (149) and redshirt sophomore Chris Cannon (133). Thomas has a season record of 9-4 and is looking to have an upset to whoever he faces in his weight group.

Both teams are looking to win out the rest of their seasons and have decent seedings at the upcoming Big Ten championship. For MSU Caffey has and will be the most exciting to watch on Friday. To extend his win streak is one accomplishment, but his dominance can possibly help him at the Big Ten championship, NCAA regionals and maybe even NCAA finals. 

The meet is set to start at 7 p.m. at Jenison Field House.