The Michigan State wrestling team is out to their best start in eight years following a pair of dual meet victories on Saturday, December 29 at the South Beach Duals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. MSU defeated Southern Illinois Edwardsville, 28-11, in their morning dual before outlasting West Virginia, 23-16, in their afternoon session at the Broward County Convention Center.
With a pair of wins the Spartans are now 4-0 for the first time since the 2010-2011 season in which they opened the year with wins over Shippensburg, Harvard, Binghamton and Northern Illinois. Michigan State is back in action at the South Beach Duals on Sunday, December 30 with an 11 a.m. ET dual against No. 18-ranked Wyoming and a 1 p.m. ET dual against Kent State. A win over Wyoming would give the Spartans their best start to a season since 1973-74 in which they started 11-0.
Freshman Rayvon Foley earned bonus points for the Spartans in each of their Saturday duals, defeating Austin Macais of SIUE, 15-0, and Joey Thomas of West Virginia, 19-4.
Michigan State earned two falls against SIUE with Anthony Tutolo earning his first of the season and Drew Hughes earning his eight pin of the year.
Redshirt Senior Austin Eicher picked up two wins on Saturday to improve his dual record to 2-1 on the season. Eicher earned a 11-0 major decision against SIUE's Lucas Bernal to pick up his first dual win of the year.
Continuing his undefeated season is redshirt freshman Cameron Caffey who's 11-3 major decision over SIUE's Sergio Villalobos improved his season record to 16-0.
Redshirt sophomore's Jake Tucker and Christian Rebottaro each picked up decision for MSU as Tucker defeated West Virginia's Zach Moore, 3-0, while Rebottaro bested SIUE's Colton McKiernan, 13-7.
Michigan State 28, Southern Illinois Edwardsville 11
125: Rayvon Foley tech. fall Austin Macias, 15-0, MSU leads 5-0
133: Anthony Tutolo by fall (4:50) Jake Blaha, MSU leads 11-0
141: Austin Eicher major dec. Lucas Bernal, 11-0, MSU leads 15-0
149: Tyshawn Williams dec. Jaden Enriquez, 10-6, MSU leads 15-3
157: Justin Ruffin dec. Jake Tucker, 2-1, MSU leads 15-6
165: Nate Higgins dec. Logan Ritchie, 13-7, MSU leads 15-9
174: Drew Hughes by fall (1:56) Kevin Gshwendtner, MSU leads 21-9
184: Cameron Caffey major dec. Sergio Villalobos, 11-3, MSU leads 25-9
197: Christian Dulaney dec. Brad Wilton, 10-7, MSU leads 25-11*
285: Christian Rebottaro dec. Colton McKiernan, 13-7, MSU leads 28-11
*1 point was subtracted from SIUE following the bout at 197.
Michigan State 23, West Virginia 16
125: Rayvon Foley tech. fall Joey Thomas, 19-4, MSU leads 5-0
133: Matthew Schmitt dec. Anthony Tutolo, 3-2, MSU leads 5-3
141: Austin Eicher dec. Lukas Martin, 8-3, MSU leads 8-3
149: Christian Monserrat dec. Jaden Enriquez, 8-6, MSU leads 8-6
157: Jake Tucker dec. Zach Moore, 3-0, MSU leads 11-6
165: Nick Kiuss dec. Austin Hiles, 5-1, MSU leads 11-9
174: Josh Ramirezz dec. (SV-1) Drew Hughes, 4-2, WVU leads 12-11
184: Cameron Caffey wins by forfeit, MSU leads 17-12
197: Noah Adams major dec. Brad Wilton, 11-0, MSU leads 17-16
285: Chase Beard inj. (2:33) David Smith, MSU leads 23-16