Michigan State takes down Eastern Michigan

11/21/2013
Michigan State University Sports Information

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan State wrestling team defeated Eastern Michigan, 24-9, Thursday night at Jenison Field House in the home opener for the Spartans.

The Spartans improved to 4-1 on the season and handed the Eagles their first loss of the season (4-1).

After Eastern Michigan took a quick 3-0 lead with a win in the 149-pound weight class, Michigan State bounced back with six straight victories to take control of the dual.

No. 20 Ryan Watts (157), Bobby Nash (165), Kevin Nash (174), John Rizqallah (184), Nick McDiarmid (197) and No. 12 Mike McClure (heavyweight) all recorded wins for MSU as the Spartans built an 18-3 lead. McDiarmid upset 15th-ranked Nick Whitenburg at 197 pounds, 6-2.

Brian Gibbs closed the dual with a pin over Nicholas Barber in 6:05 at 141 pounds.

The Spartans won seven of the 10 matches in the dual.

Michigan State returns to action for the Northeast Duals on Saturday, Nov. 30 in Troy, N.Y.

Results:
149: Matthew VanCuren (EMU) dec. Joe Johnson (MSU), 6-3. EMU leads, 3-0
157: No. 20 Ryan Watts (MSU) dec. Brandon Zeerip (EMU), 3-2. Tied, 3-3
165: Bobby Nash (MSU) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 4-3 (TB1). MSU leads, 6-3
174: Kevin Nash (MSU) dec. Mike Curby (EMU), 3-1 (SV). MSU leads, 9-3
184: John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Phillip Joseph (EMU), 6-2. MSU leads, 12-3
197: Nick McDiarmid (MSU) dec. No. 15 Nick Whitenburg (EMU), 6-2. MSU leads, 15-3
HWT: No. 12 Mike McClure (MSU) dec. Khoder Hoballah (EMU), 2-0. MSU leads, 18-3
125: Jared Germaine (EMU) dec. Hermilo Esquivel (MSU), 13-7. MSU leads, 18-6
133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) dec. Garth Yenter (MSU), 7-4. MSU leads, 18-9
141: Brian Gibbs (MSU) pinned Nicholas Barber (EMU), 6:05. MSU wins, 24-9.

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