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.

Michigan State Wrestling hosted their last home dual against Olivet College last Friday.

The dual started for the Spartans at 125 pounds with Brenan Lyon kicking things off with a 15-5 victory over Olivet’s Henry McKeown. Lyon tallied four takedowns and 2:22 of riding time to cap off his 10 point victory.

The second major decision for the Spartans was thanks to Garth Yenter’s 13-3 victory over Michael Gancer. Yenter did not allow a takedown throughout the entirety of the match.

Making his season debut at 141 pounds for the Spartans was Terry Turner, who was looking for a victory in his first dual of the season. Turner fought his way to a 6-3 victory by way of a reversal and two near fall points over No. 3 Justin Holm of Olivet.

At 149, Nick Trimble battled for a 4-2 victory over No. 7 Gage Pederson thanks to a takedown 30 seconds into the bonus period.

Roger Wildmo then went out and put up a score of 10-2 in the 157 match over Kyle Witgen to put the Spartans up 18-0.

MSU senior Robert Nash finished out his Spartan career at home by way of a 6-1 victory over Olivet’s Dan Fleet. Thanks to two takedowns and an escape, Robert had a 5-0 lead, but Fleet managed to get an escape to put himself on the board.

Fellow senior Nick Kaczanowski continued the trend of senior victories thanks to his first pin of the season in the first period against Olivet’s Nick Allen.

John Rizqallah eked out a win against No. 7 Jeff Holm at 184 pounds, 1-0, and Nick McDiarmid got a major decision over Thomas Hall at 197, 9-0.

In the final match of the dual, Mike McClure put the final touches to the Spartans’ senior day with a pin at heavyweight. Within ten seconds of the first whistle, McClure took down Ryan Steverson, and quickly recorded the fall 27 seconds into his last home match. McClure, ranked seventh in the nation, improved his record to 22-5 and 5-1 at home this season.

The Spartans (7-10) will travel to No. 24 Central Michigan riding a two match win streak. The Chippewas (10-9) host the Spartans final dual of the season.

Nick Carver is the host of Pinned Down for Impact Sports.

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