Spartan Wrestling Rallies to Defeat Indiana, 18-16

Garth Yenter’s win at 133 pounds in the dual’s final match secures the win for MSU.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID Garth Yenter’s win at 133 pounds in the dual’s final match secures the win for MSU. Photo courtesy of MSU SID


 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Michigan State wrestling team rallied to defeat Indiana, 18-16, Sunday afternoon at University Gym in the final Big Ten dual of the season. With one match remaining and the Spartans trailing, 16-15, red-shirt freshman Garth Yenter recorded a commanding 10-3 decision over Chris Caton at 133 pounds to secure the victory for MSU.

The Spartans (6-10, 1-7 Big Ten) won six of the 10 matches in the dual, including five of the last six.

Indiana (7-9, 0-8) jumped out to a 13-3 lead after claiming three of the first four matches. Trevor Moody opened the dual with a 4-2 decision over sophomore Brian Gibbs at 141 pounds, but sophomore Nick Trimble tied the team score at 3 after notching his first-ever Big Ten dual win, a 6-5 decision over Eric Roach at 149 pounds.

IU countered in the 157 and 165-pound weight classes, producing back-to- back victories. Seventh-ranked Taylor Walsh pinned sophomore Roger Wildmo and Ryan LeBlanc topped senior Bobby Nash by major decision, 16-5.

At 174 pounds, senior Nick Kaczanowski won the first of three straight matches for the Spartans with a 3-2 win over Matt Irick. Junior John Rizqallah followed with a 3-1 decision over Luke Sheridan and junior Nick McDiarmid produced his third Big Ten dual win of the season with a 4-0 shutout against Cheney Dale to trim the Hoosier lead to 13-12.

Seventh-ranked heavyweight Mike McClure had his four-match winning streak snapped by No. 4 Adam Chalfant in a 5-1 decision, but it would be the final victory of the day for Indiana.

At 125 pounds, senior Brenan Lyon shut out Alonzo Shepard, 5-0, setting up Yenter’s 10-3 triumph over Caton in the dual’s finale.

MSU returns to action for Senior Day at Jenison Field House Friday, Feb. 14 against Olivet College at noon.

Michigan State 18, Indiana 16
141: Trevor Moody (IU) dec. Brian Gibbs (MSU), 4-2. (IU, 3-0)
149: Nick Trimble (MSU) dec. Eric Roach (IU), 6-5. (Tied, 3-3)
157: No. 7 Taylor Walsh (IU) pins Roger Wildmo (MSU), 1:40. (IU, 9-3)
165: Ryan LeBlanc (IU) major dec. Bobby Nash (MSU), 16-5. (IU, 13-3)
174: Nick Kaczanowski (MSU) dec. Matt Irick (IU), 3-2. (IU, 13-6)
184: John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Luke Sheridan (IU), 3-1. (IU, 13-9)
197: Nick McDiarmid (MSU) dec. Cheney Dale (IU), 4-0. (IU, 13-12)
HWT: No. 4 Adam Chalfant (IU) dec. No. 7 Mike McClure (MSU), 5-1. (IU, 16-12)
125: Brenan Lyon (MSU) dec. Alonzo Shepard (IU), 5-0. (IU, 16-15)
133: Garth Yenter (MSU) dec. Chris Caton (IU), 10-3. (MSU, 18-16)

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