EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State Wrestling kicked off Big Ten conference action on Friday, December 7, pulling away with a 16-5 victory over Indiana.
MSU improves to 2-0 on the young dual season and is 1-0 in the Big Ten. Indiana dropped to 2-2 overall with a loss on Friday.
This is the first time the Spartans have opened the Big Ten slate with a victory since the 2004-05 season in which they upset a No. 15-ranked Penn State, 19-12. Against the Nittany Lions, MSU got wins from Max Lossen, Nick Simmons, Andy Simmons, Darren McKnight, Bryan Harney and R.J. Boudro.
No. 8-ranked Rayvon Foley started things off on the right foot for Michigan State earning a 12-5 victory over Liam Cronin to improve to 10-0 on the season. The Hoosiers responded by winning two consecutive decisions at 133 and 141 pounds to take a 6-3 lead over MSU.
Redshirt freshman Jaden Enriquez improved to 2-0 in duals at 149 pounds with a 5-3 win over IU's Breydon Bailey. Indiana responded by taking decisions at 157 and 165 pounds to maintain a 12-6 advantage over the Spartans at the intermission.
Redshirt sophomore Drew Hughes scored crucial bonus points for Michigan State at 174, scoring an 11-0 major decision over Jake Hinz to pull the score to 12-10 in favor of Indiana.
At 184 pounds, redshirt freshman Cameron Caffey gave MSU the lead for good with a 9-5 decision to defeat Norman Conley. Caffey is now 10-0 on the season and 2-0 in duals. This past week, Conley was ranked No. 20 at 184 pounds by FloWrestling.
Brad Wilton expanded the Spartans lead to 16-12 earning his first career dual victory in a match against Jake Kleimola. Indiana took the heavyweight division by a decison, but the points weren't enough to force a criteria decision for the dual.
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Liam Cronin (IU), 12-5, MSU leads 3-0
133:Garrett Pepple (IU) dec. Anthony Tutolo (MSU), 5-0, Tied 3-3
141: Cole Weaver (IU) dec. Austin Eicher (MSU), 5-3, IU leads 6-3
149: Jaden Enriquez (MSU) dec. Breydon Bailey (IU), 5-3, Tied 6-6
157: Jake Danishek (IU) dec. Jake Tucker (MSU), 6-2, IU leads 9-6
165: Bryce Martin (IU) dec. Logan Ritchie (MSU), 8-3, IU leads 12-6
174: Drew Hughes (MSU) major dec. Jake Hinz (IU), 11-0, IU leads 12-10
184: Cameron Caffey (MSU) dec. Norman Conley (IU), 9-5, MSU leads 13-12
197: Brad Wilton (MSU) dec. Jake Kleimola (IU), 7-3, MSU leads 16-12
285: Fletcher Miller (IU) dec. Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 7-4, MSU wins 16-15