Back in March of 2020, the Michigan State wrestling team was ready to go for the 2020 NCAA championships, looking forward to having seven qualifiers, the most since 2012, compete. It was another significant step in the recent upswing for MSU wrestling, which finished last season with an 8-10 record. It was the second-highest win total under head coach Roger Chandler, who was in his fourth year at the helm of the Spartans.
Michigan State wrestling will open the 2021 season in the top 20 of four different polls and have several wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes.
Source: Michigan State Athletics
Michigan State wrestlers collected nine All-American accolades, including two national champions, at the USA Wrestling Greco-Roman National Championships over the weekend in Omaha, Nebraska. Cameron Caffey won the 87 kg U23 Greco-Roman championship, while Peyton Omania captured the 67 kg U23 Greco-Roman championship.
The Spartans finished the 2020 season with an 8-10 overall record and secured a 10th place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Seven Spartan wrestlers, Logan Griffin, Garrett Pepple (alternate), Alex Hrisopoulos, Jake Tucker, Drew Hughes, Layne Malczewski, and Cameron Caffey, qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships scheduled to be held at USBank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cameron Caffey was named a 2020 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I First-Team All-American on Friday, as announced by the NWCA.
Michigan State wrestling head coach Roger Chandler has said to his team, “Shoot your best shot.” Redshirt senior Logan Griffin did that his entire career at Michigan State, and it paid off for him in a big way during his final run in the Green and White.
Former Spartan National Champion Franklin Gomez qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, after a top-two finish in the 74 kg freestyle competition on Sunday, March 15 at the Pan-American Olympic Qualifier in Ottawa, Canada.
No. 2-seed Cameron Caffey advanced to the semifinals in his respective weight class, and eight wrestlers finished the day 1-1 after wins in either the first round, quarterfinals or wrestlebacks.
Michigan State’s wrestling team used six wins in the final seven bouts to knock off Cleveland State, 25-9, Sunday afternoon inside CSU’s Woodling Gymnasium
Michigan State wrestling pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college wrestling this season, as well as one of the biggest upsets in school history, upsetting No. 4 Wisconsin, 19-17, Sunday afternoon inside Wisconsin Field House. The win is the Spartans’ first over the Badgers since 2009, and the highest ranked win since MSU knocked off No. 2 Iowa on Feb. 7, 2003.
Michigan State’s wrestling team couldn’t get out of an early hole Friday, falling to No. 24 Northwestern, 24-15, inside NU’s Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Spartans garnered wins at 133, 174, 184 and 285 pounds with one bonus point win on the night.
Michigan State’s wrestling team fell to No. 1 Iowa, 32-3, on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,567 fans inside Jenison Field House for Senior Day. Before the dual, seniors Ethan Curtin, Logan Griffin, Austin Hiles, Danny Kruse and Garrett Pepple, and their parents, were recognized for Spartan Senior Day.
Michigan State wrestling gained an early lead over No. 15 Illinois Friday night in Champaign, but the Fighting Illini claimed wins in four of the final five duals to pull out a hard-fought, thrilling 18-12 win over the Spartans inside Illinois’s Huff Hall.
Michigan State wrestling jumped out to a 12-7 lead over No. 7 Nebraska before the Cornhuskers scored 18 unanswered points on their way to a 25-12 win on Sunday afternoon inside Nebraska’s Devaney Center.
Michigan State wrestling used three bonus point wins to secure a 36-0 shutout victory over Maryland on Sunday afternoon inside Jenison Feild House. The shutout marks the first for the Spartans over a Big Ten opponent in 36 years, last coming against Illinois on Jan. 20, 1984. (44-0).
Michigan State wrestling returns to action this weekend at home with a pair of Big Ten duals inside Jenison Field House. The Spartans (4-4, 0-2 B1G) square off against No. 5 Minnesota on Friday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. and follow with a matchup against Maryland on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. Friday’s dual will stream live on BTN+, and Sunday’s dual will be nationally televised on the Big Ten Network.
Michigan State wrestling couldn’t overcome an early hole Sunday afternoon in Jenison Field House, dropping a 25-12 decision to No. 24 Rutgers in its Big Ten home opener.
The Wolverines raced out to a 16-0 lead with five-straight wins. MSU answered with four-consecutive wins at 165, 174, 184 and 197 pounds to cut Michigan’s lead to two, 16-14, with one match to go. No. 3 Mason Parris sealed the 22-14 win with a fall over redshirt junior Christian Rebottaro 29 seconds into the match.
After falling to South Dakota State by a narrow 19-17 score to begin the day at the South Beach Duals, Michigan State wrestling answered with an 18-12 win over Wyoming on Monday afternoon inside the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.
Michigan State’s wrestling team wrapped up play on Saturday, Dec. 7 with its second-consecutive third-place finish of the season, this time at the Cougar Clash Invite inside Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s Vadalabene Center.