No. 23 Michigan State heads to University Park, Pennsylvania for the 2021 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, on Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, at the Bryce Jordan Center, hosted by Penn State.
Michigan State wrestler Peyton Omania was named the Big Ten Conference Wrestler of the Week, announced by the conference office Wednesday. Omania is Michigan State’s first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award recipient since Drew Hughes earned the accolade on Dec. 11, 2018.
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Friday night was full of emotions at Jenison Field House as No. 23 Michigan State wrestling was topped by No. 4 Michigan, 28-9, in MSU’s final home match and regular-season action, spoiling the Spartans’ Senior Night.
No. 23 Michigan State wrestling wraps up regular-season action with its final home match of the shortened season by hosting in-state rival, No. 4 Michigan, on Friday, Feb. 19. The in-state clash between the Spartans and Wolverines gets underway at 5 p.m. ET from Jenison Field House and the ranked vs. ranked battle will be nationally televised on the Big Ten Network.
No. 22 Michigan State wrestling got off to an early lead by winning the first bout, before the No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers streamrolled their way to the next four wins, to hold off a Spartan comeback, winning the dual by a palindromic, 21-12 score Friday night at Jenison Field House.
Chase Saldate picked up a pair of shutout major decisions and Layne Malczewski posted a pair of quick-pin wins as No. 23 Michigan State wrestling split its action in a tri-meet at Indiana with No. 7 Nebraska Saturday afternoon at IU’s Wilkinson Hall. The Spartans beat the host-Hoosiers, 28-10, before being defeated by the No. 7 Cornhuskers, 27-10, in the final match.
No. 23 Michigan State wrestling wraps up its regular-season action away from home this weekend, heading to Bloomington, Ind. on Saturday, Feb. 6 for a tri-meet where the Spartans will take on host Indiana and No. 7 Nebraska.
No. 23 Michigan State wrestling returns to action this weekend for its first road match of the 2021 season, traveling to Columbus, Ohio to take on No. 11 Ohio State on Friday, Jan. 29. Action from OSU’s Covelli Center gets underway at 4 p.m. with the first seven extra matches, followed by the team dual at 5:15, before wrapping up with the last three extra matches at 7:15 p.m. The battle between the Spartans and Buckeyes will be streamed on Big Ten Network+.
In its first competition in 314 days, No. 25 Michigan State wrestling split its two matches Saturday afternoon at Jenison Field House, blanking Maryland, 42-0, in the 2021 season-opener, before losing to No. 14 Minnesota, 28-6, in the final match of the tri-meet. Minnesota beat Maryland, 48-0, in the middle match of the day.
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.
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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.