Michigan State wrestling’s 125-pounder Rayvon Foley represented the Green and White at the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships following a standout true freshman season. After two hard-fought matches, Foley was eliminated from the tournament on Friday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Freshman 125-pounder Rayvon Foley is the lone Spartan qualifier for the NCAAs, punching the first ticket of his career after a standout true freshman year. Foley is one of just three wrestlers in Spartan history to qualify as a true freshman since 1978, and one of three in the 125-pound bracket.
Michigan State, the host of the 2018 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, began the first day of the tournament with a guaranteed NCAA qualifier and the chance to qualify two more after a day full of grappling with the best wrestlers in the country on Saturday at the Breslin Center.
Michigan State wrestling hosts the 2018 Big Ten Championships, set for Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan. MSU is hosting the event for the first time since 2007.
Michigan State wrestling split its two matches, hosting a tri-meet with Clarion and Eastern Michigan at Jension Field House on Friday for Senior Day. After a triumphant, 22-15 defeat over Clarion in the opener, the Spartans then fell to Eastern Michigan, taking the Eagles to the wire, 21-19.
Michigan State wrestling closes out the regular season by hosting a tri-meet against Clarion and Eastern Michigan on Friday, Feb. 16. The Spartans will take on a pair of Eagles with Clarion first at 2 p.m., followed by a dual between Clarion and Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. and finishing the meet against Eastern Michigan at 6 p.m.
On a snowy night in enemy territory, Michigan State wrestling closed out dual competition on Friday night with a 39-3 loss to No. 4 Michigan at Cliff Keen Arena. The Spartans started with a 3-0 lead after a 10-3 upset from freshman Rayvon Foley over No. 9 Drew Mattin at 125. The Wolverines came back with nine unanswered wins to take the match win.
Michigan State wrestling finishes up Big Ten dual competition with a road tilt against No. 4 Michigan (9-2, 6-1 BIG) in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The in-state rivalry between the Spartans and Wolverines will be streamed on BTN Plus. Live stats will also be available on Trackwrestling.com.
In the last home conference dual meet of the season, Michigan State wrestling was topped by No. 15 Nebraska, 35-6, in the third-annual Tumbles and Takedowns meet with MSU Gymnastics on Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House in front of a spirited crowd of 1,172.
Michigan State wrestling dropped to No. 24 Purdue on Friday night at the Holloway Gymnasium in West Lafayette, Indiana. Freshman Rayvon Foley defeated 13th-ranked Luke Welch at 125 pounds and redshirt junior Austin Eicher topped Austin Nash at 149 pounds, but Purdue came out on top, 28-6.
Michigan State wrestling completes its final split road-and-home weekend of the season with a dual in West Lafeyette, Indiana, on Friday, Feb 2. at 7 p.m. hosted by No. 24 Purdue (6-6, 0-5 B1G) at the Holloway Gymnasium.
The Spartans continue the demanding Big Ten slate on Friday, Jan. 26 at the friendly confines of Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Michigan, at 7 p.m. against No. 2-ranked Ohio State. Michigan State finishes out its only two-dual homestand of the B1G schedule this weekend and competes in just one dual for the second time in the conference season.
Michigan State wrestling rallied against No. 21 Wisconsin but couldn’t keep it up on Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House, falling 28-7. After a thrilling 18-15 win at Indiana on Friday, the Spartans split the weekend and drop to 5-6 overall and 1-4 in conference duals.
After beginning the weekend with a road contest at Indiana on Friday night, Michigan State returns home to host No. 21 Wisconsin (4-2, 1-2 B1G) on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. at Jenison Field House. The dual marks Michigan State’s sixth match against a ranked opponent, and just the second home dual of the season.
The Spartans split the weekend away and home beginning this Friday, Jan. 19 for a tilt with Indiana (6-4 0-3 B1G) at 6 p.m. at the University Gym in Bloomingon, Indiana. Head coach Roger Chandler returns to his alma mater where he was a three-time All-American. The match will be broadcast nationally on Big Ten Network, with Shane Sparks on play-by-play and Tim Johnson serving as analyst.
In the home opening dual for Michigan State wrestling, the Spartans were stifled by No. 1 Penn State on Saturday afternoon at Jenison Field House. A lively crowd of 1,652 wasn’t enough to rally the Spartans as they dropped the third conference dual of the season, 48-3. Michigan State falls to 4-5 overall and 0-3 in Big Ten action.
After a 64-day, 10-event stretch of road events, Michigan State wrestling hosts its first home dual of 2018 on Sunday, Jan. 14, taking on the tall task of going toe-to-toe with No. 1 Penn State (5-0, 1-0 B1G) at Jenison Field House.
Michigan State wrestling battled No. 7-ranked Iowa on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, falling in the first conference dual meet of the season, 49-6.
Michigan State wrestling begins the second half of the season and Big Ten Conference action with a pair of road contests against No. 7 Iowa on Friday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. ET in Iowa City, Iowa and No. 14 Minnesota on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. ET in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Michigan State wrestling made a statement on the first day of competition at the South Beach Duals on Friday afternoon, held at the Deerfield Beach Sportsplex in Deerfeld Beach, Florida. The Spartans defeated both Southern Illinois, 31-8 and Franklin & Marshall, 25-12 to finish the day undefeated.