Â BLOOMINGTON, Ind. â€“ 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 Yenterâ€™s 10-3 triumph over Caton in the dualâ€™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)