MSU wrestling dual match vs. Penn State postponed


MSU wrestler Cameron Caffey spars with an opponent during an individual match/Photo Credit: Michigan State Athletic Communications

Owen Oszust, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING— Sunday’s scheduled wrestling match between No. 25 Michigan State and No. 2 Penn State has been postponed because of student-athlete health and safety concerns. This would’ve been the first road match of MSU’s nine-match shortened season that consists of only Big Ten opponents. 

There has been no make-up date announced for the match yet but both schools are working with the Big Ten Conference to find options to possibly reschedule the wrestling match.

MSU is currently 1-1 in the 2021 season, as the Spartans knocked off Maryland 42-0 in the season-opener before losing to No. 14 Minnesota 28-6 in the tri-meet between the three teams on Jan. 16.  

The Spartans are coming off of an 8-10 season that saw them go 2-7 in Big Ten play. Their two wins last season were over Maryland and No. 4 Wisconsin. They also finished 10th in the 2020 Big Ten championship conference meet with 57 points. 

This is the second consecutive match that the Nittany Lions have postponed.  They were scheduled to face off against Rutgers on the road last Saturday. 

Penn State finished 12-2 last season and 8-1 in the Big Ten.  They also finished fourth in the 2020 Big Ten championship conference meet.

Michigan State’s next scheduled match is on Friday, Jan. 29, when they travel to take on Ohio State. The Buckeyes split their season-opening tri-meet with a 25-9 win over Wisconsin and an 18-15 loss to Illinois.  

OSU is coming off a 10-4 season that also saw it go 6-3 in Big Ten play; it also finished third in the Big Ten championship meet.