EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan State wrestling program honored 16 former Spartans on Saturday, February 2 with a pair of dual wins. MSU defeated Bloomsburg University, 41-0, and Northern Illinois, 27-9, in front of their home fans inside Jenison Field House.
With a pair of wins, the Spartans improved to 7-6 on the season in duals. This is the furthest into the season that Michigan State has held an overall record above .500 since the 2010-11 season when MSU finished with a 9-9 record. Michigan State has won three consecutive duals dating back to a January 27 win against Maryland.
The Spartans honored 15 former Spartan wrestlers, with graduation dates ranging from 1963-2017, at intermission of the Northern Illinois dual. Max Hasse ('63), Dick Cook ('66), Gary Bissel ('70), Gary Smith, assistant coach Chris Williams ('02), Karl Nadolsky ('03), Charlie Sageman ('03), Brian Gibbs ('05), Nick Simmons ('07), Andy Simmons ('07), assistant coach Anthony Jones ('12), broadcast analyst Eric Olanowski ('12), Mike McClure ('14), Ryan Watts ('15), and Drew Barnes ('17) were all in attendance.
Saturday's alumni gathering was headlined by longtime head coach of the program, Grady Peninger, a 2007 MSU Hall of Fame inductee and a 1987 inductee into the U.S. Wrestling Hall of Fame. Peninger led the Spartans to a 213-113-10 record from 1963-86 and brought the program a National Championship in 1967.
Michigan State's 41-0 shutout of Bloomsburg was the Spartans first shutout of an NCAA Division I opponent since a 39-0 victory over Ohio on January 4, 2007. MSU's last shutout as a program was November 14, 2014, a 44-0 win over Division III Olivet College at the Eastern Michigan Duals.
Michigan State 41, Bloomsburg 0
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) over Willy Girard (BU), MD, 15-6
133: Anthony Tutolo (MSU) over Shawn Orem (BU), MD, 11-1
141: Alex Hrisopoulos (MSU) over Aaron Coleman (BU), Fall (1:02)
149: Jaden Enriquez (MSU) over Grant Bond (BU), Fall (4:38)
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) over Nate Newberry (BU), 4-0
165: Austin Hiles (MSU) over Alex Carida (BU), 2-1
174: Drew Hughes (MSU) over Anthony Vetrano (BU), Fall (1:57)
184: Cameron Caffey (MSU) over Trevor Allard (BU), 6-4
197: Brad Wilton (MSU) over Kyle Murphy (BU), 4-2
285: Christian Rebottaro (MSU) over Bruce Graeber (BU), 3-2
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) vs. Willy Girard (BU)
Foley opened with a takedown early in the first frame to take early 2-0 lead. Girard countered with an escape to cut the gap in half at 2-1, but then Foley posted another takedown late in the first to open a 4-1 lead after one. Foley opened the second with a reversal, then followed that with a four-point near fall to extend his lead to 10-1, before a one-point penalty on Foley made the score 10-2 at the end of the second stanza. Foley yielded a point to Girard with an escape to start the third, but then the Spartan countered with another takedown for a 12-3 lead. Girard tried to rally with an escape and takedown of his own, but Foley thwarted the threat with a late reversal and tacked on the riding time point for the 15-6 major decision victory.
133: Anthony Tutolo (MSU) vs. Shawn Orem (BU)
Tutolo jumped out to a 6-0 lead after a takedown and four-point near fall before Orem posted an escape near the end of the first period to get on the board and make it 6-1 after the opening frame. The Spartan escaped the starting position for a 7-1 lead and later notched his second takedown of the bout for a 9-1 lead partway through the second frame. The score was deadlocked at 9-1 for the rest of the second stanza and throughout the third and Tutolo added the point for riding time to win by major decision at 10-1.
141: Alex Hrisopoulos (MSU) vs. Aaron Coleman (BU)
Hrisopoulos took control early and registered an early takedown, and continued the control and pinned Coleman at 1:03 for second-fastest pin and ninth overall fall of the season, moving into sole possession of the second-most on the team. The nine falls this season gives Hrisopoulos nine falls in each of his three seasons in the Green and White, as he posted nine falls in each his redshirt and redshirt-freshman seasons.
149: Jaden Enriquez (MSU) vs. Grant Bond (BU)
The first period was back-and-forth but neither wrestler gained control to score, keeping the bout scoreless through one. Bond started the second in the down position and earned an escape to take a 1-0 lead, but it was short-lived as Enriquez notched a takedown and continuing it into a fall, pinning Bond at 3:38. It was the third fall of the season for Enriquez.
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) vs. Nate Newberry (BU)
Tucker took a 2-0 lead with a takedown partway through the opening frame and that remained the score to the end of the stanza. The Spartan started down to open period number two and got out of the starting position to earn the escape point for a 3-0 advantage. More back-and-forth action ensued for the rest of the second and throughout the third, but the action didn't result in any more scoring, and Tucker tacked on the riding time point for a 4-0 decision.
165: Austin Hiles (MSU) vs. Alex Carida (BU)
After a scoreless opening period, Hiles got on the board with an escape out of the starting position to open the second and open a 1-0 lead, and that remained the score for the rest of the period. The third frame started just like the third however it was Carida who escaped from the starting position to level the bout at 1-all. Hiles and Carida grappled, but neither could score, but Hiles had controlled action and earned the riding time point for a narrow decision at 2-1.
174: Drew Hughes (MSU) vs. Anthony Vetrano (BU)
Hughes took early control with a takedown for a quick 2-0 lead. The Spartan tacked on a four-point near fall for a 6-0 lead that was shortly followed by a two-point near fall and an 8-0 advantage, before Hughes pinned Vetrano at 1:57. It was Hughes' second-straight pin as part of his team-leading 11th fall of the season and 18th of his career.
184: Cameron Caffey (MSU) vs. Trevor Allard (BU)
Caffey posted an early takedown before Allard countered with an escape, but then Caffey registered another takedown for a 4-1 lead after the opening period. Allard cut the gap in half with an escape midway through the second to close to 4-2 heading to the final frame. Caffey logged an escape before an Allard takedown closed to 5-4, but the Spartan had the riding time advantage for the point and a 6-4 decision.
197: Brad Wilton (MSU) vs. Kyle Murphy (BU)
The first period didn't result in either wrestler scoring a point, and the second stanza started scoreless. Wilton started period two in the down position and got an escape for a 1-0 lead, and that score stayed throughout the second and into the third period. Murphy opened the third frame with a takedown to take a 2-1 lead, but Wilton countered with a reversal and added the riding time point for a decision victory at 4-2.
HWT: Christian Rebottaro (MSU) vs. Bruce Graeber (BU)
Rebottaro and Graeber butted heads from the get go, literally, as Graeber was assessed an unnecessary roughness penalty and a 1-0 lead for Rebottaro midway through the opening frame. Graeber opened the second period with an escape to level the score at 1-1, before another unnecessary roughness penalty on Graeber gave Rebottaro a 2-1 advantage. The Spartan scored an escape to start the third for a 3-1 lead, before Rebottaro was called for stalling, resulting in one point to Graeber to make the score 3-2, and that remained the score until the end of the bout, for a 3-2 Rebottaro decision win to seal the shutout victory for MSU.
Michigan State 27, Northern Illinois 9
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) over Bryce West (NIU), MD, 12-0
133: Anthony Tutolo (MSU) over Alijah Jeffery (NIU), SV-1, 3-1
141: Alex Hrisopoulos (MSU) over Drew West (NIU), MD, 22-9
149: McCoy Kent (NIU) over Jaden Enriquez (MSU), 5-3
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) over Mason Kauffman (NIU), 3-0
165: Kenny Moore (NIU) over Logan Ritchie (MSU), SV-1, 7-1
174: Brit Wilson (NIU) over Drew Hughes (MSU), 8-3
184: Cameron Caffey (MSU) over Will Feldkamp (NIU), 7-4
197: Brad Wilton (MSU) over Andrew Schott (NIU), Fall (1:41)
285: Chase Beard (MSU) over Caleb Gossett (NIU), MD, 15-7
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) vs. Bryce West (NIU)
Foley started with a takedown near the halfway point of the first period for a 2-0 advantage. The score stayed 2-0 for the remainder of the first frame, but not long into the second, as Foley started in the down position and quickly earned an escape for a 3-0 lead. Foley later tallied a takedown to open the gap to 5-0, and it stayed that score for the rest of the second stanza. The Spartan added another takedown early in the third and added a four-point near fall late in the frame and tacked on the riding time point for a 12-0 major decision, Foley's second of the day as part of fifth-straight bonus point victory and 11th major decision of the season.
133: Anthony Tutolo (MSU) vs. Alijah Jeffery (NIU)
Tutolo and Jeffery grappled through a scoreless first frame and into the second stanza, before Tutolo earned an escape from the starting position for a 1-0 lead. Jeffery started off the third period with an escape to level the bout at 1-1. Tutolo thought he had the match won with a late takedown, but after an NIU challenge, the official reviewed the call, after review, reversed the call and wiped out the takedown, putting nine seconds on the clock in regulation. Neither wrestler scored, setting the bout to sudden victory. Tutolo gained control in the extra stanza, and posted the bout-winning takedown with 21 seconds left for the 3-1 decision victory.
141: Alex Hrisopoulos (MSU) vs. Drew West (NIU)
The opening period of this high-scoring bout was back-and-forth, with Hrisopoulos scoring on an escape, before a West takedown, then Hrisopoulos tallied a pair of takedowns before West closed the period with a reversal to close within 5-4. Hrisopoulos started the second stanza with an escape then back-to-back takedowns for a 10-4 lead and later stretched his advantage to 17-6 with a four-point near fall late in the frame. West opened the third with an escape to close to 17-7, but that would be the closest West would get, as Hrisopoulos sandwiched a pair of takedowns around getting a stalling penalty for a 21-8 lead. West got an escape late but Hrisopoulos added the riding time point for a 22-9
149: Jaden Enriquez (MSU) vs. McCoy Kent (NIU)
The bout was scoreless through the first frame, before Kent scored a takedown early in the second and added an escape to extend the advantage to 3-0. Kent added a takedown late in the period, before Enriquez countered with a takedown of his own in the waning seconds of the second stanza to close to 5-2. The Spartan started the third in the down position and quickly earned an escape to get within 5-3, but couldn't deduce the deficit any more, and Kent claimed the 5-3 decision.
157: Jake Tucker (MSU) vs. Mason Kauffman (NIU)
This low-scoring bout was a battle throughout a scoreless first frame, before Tucker tallied an escape out of the starting position to open the second period and a 1-0 lead. Tucker tacked on a takedown for a 3-0 lead after two frames, but couldn't score in the third and the decision went to Tucker at 3-0.
165: Logan Ritchie (MSU) vs. Kenny Moore (NIU)
Continuing with the theme of the match-up between the Spartans and Huskies, this bout started with a hard-fought battle but scoreless opening stanza. Ritchie started the second period down and escaped to get a point for a 1-0 advantage, but that neither wrestler could score anything else for the rest of the frame. Moore countered with an escape of his own out of the start position to level the bout at 1-all and it remained tied for the rest of regulation, sending the bout to the second extra time of meet. Moore quickly posted a takedown that continued to a four-point near fall and a 7-1 decision.
174: Drew Hughes (MSU) vs. Brit Wilson (NIU)
Hughes and Wilson took to the second period deadlocked at 2-2 following a Wilson takedown and a Hughes reversal in the first. Wilson scored two more takedowns in the second period, allowing one escape to Hughes, to take a 6-3 lead over the Spartan heading into the third. A reversal by Wilson gave the Huskie an 8-3 lead over Hughes, which stood to give the Huskies a three-point decision.
184: Cameron Caffey (MSU) vs. Will Feldkamp (NIU)
Caffey earned the first two takedowns of the bout, one in each of the first two periods, to take a 4-2 lead over Feldkamp heading into the third. A quick escape by Caffey gave him a 5-2 lead in the third, but Feldkamp followed up with a takedown of his own to cut into Caffey's lead. Despite a large contingency of fans supporting Michigan native Feldkamp, Caffey earned two more points for an escape and ride time to earn a 7-4 win.
197: Brad Wilton (MSU) vs. Andrew Scott (NIU)
Scott earned the first two points of the bout with a takedown, but a reversal by Wilton changed everything for the redshirt freshman as he turned it into a fall (1:41).
HWT: Chase Beard (MSU) vs. Caleb Gossett (NIU)
Beard came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, taking Gossett down twice in both the first and second periods. In the third, Beard earned two more takedowns and a reversal to earn a 15-7 major decision. Gossett's points all came on escapes.