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    Indiana topples Michigan State

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana wrestling team edged Michigan State in the final bout of the day for a 20-15 win. Three Hoosiers -- Jake Danishek, Nate Jackson, and Luke Blanton -- earned bonus point victories to lift the Hoosiers to 6-1 on the season.

    Jake Danishek battled to his first career Big Ten dual win in the match-opening 157 lbs. bout. Danishek held an 8-3 lead in the final seconds of the third period, when Spartan Joe Johnson left the mat for a concussion evaluation. Johnson did not return for the final 35 seconds, giving Danishek the injury default win and an early 6-0 lead for the Hoosiers.

    Sixth-ranked Nate Jackson followed with a dominating 16-6 major decision over Shane Shadaia. Jackson opened with a 6-2 lead at the end of the first, then extended his lead to 12-5 two minutes later. A quick escape to start the third, followed by two takedowns from Jackson, put the bout out of reach for Michigan State.

    Jackson is now 24-2, and remains unbeaten in Big Ten dual play. The Hoosier junior has earned bonus point victories in 16 of his 24 wins.

    Garret Goldman is off to the best start of his career against Big Ten competition, and he continued that with a 3-1 decision over Dimitrius Renfroe in the heavyweight bout. The bout was tied at 1-1 with 30 seconds remaining in the third period when Goldman secured the decisive takedown.

    Goldman is on a three-match winning streak in the Big Ten with an overall record of 13-10.

    Elijah Oliver extended Indiana's lead to 16-9 with a tight 4-3 decision over rising Spartan Mitch Rogaliner. Oliver took the lead with 90 seconds remaining in the match, picking up an escape to break the 3-3 tie.

    The Spartans chipped back into Indiana's lead with decision wins in the 133 lbs. and 141 lbs. bouts, bringing the team score to 16-15. The match headed to the decisive final bout of the day, pitting Indiana's Luke Blanton against Michigan State's Kaelan Richards.

    Blanton started the bout with a takedown, and then gave up an escape for a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period. Two more takedowns by Blanton in the second extended his lead to 7-2 with two minutes remaining. Blanton left his foot on the gas and picked up the major decision to secure an Indiana win.

    Although the Hoosiers and Spartans split the bout card, taking five wins each, the Spartans were unable to pick up any bonus point victories. Valiant performances in defeat by Bryce Martin, Jake Masengale, and Cole Weaver prevented major decisions kept the Spartans at bay.

    With that win, the Hoosiers earn their third Big Ten victory. It's the first time since the 2009-10 season that Indiana had at least three wins in the Big Ten.

    Results:
    157: Jake Danishek (IU) won by injury default over Joe Johnson (MSU), 5:25. IU, 6-0
    165: Dean Vettese (MSU) dec. Bryce Martin (IU), 14-10. IU, 6-3
    174: No. 6 Nate Jackson (IU) major dec. Shane Shadaia (MSU), 17-6 (RT 3:13). IU, 10-3
    184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Matt Irick (IU), 4-2 (RT 1:33). IU, 10-6
    197: Jacob Cooper (MSU) dec. Jake Masengale (IU), 7-0 (RT 1:49). IU, 10-9
    HWT: Garret Goldman (IU) dec. Dimitrus Renfroe (MSU), 4-1 (RT 1:00). IU, 13-9
    125: Elijah Oliver (IU) dec. Mitch Rogaliner (MSU), 4-3. IU, 16-9
    133: Garth Yenter (MSU) dec. Alonzo Shepherd (IU), 5-2 (RT 1:54). IU, 16-12
    141: Javier Gasca (MSU) dec. Cole Weaver (IU), 7-0 (RT 1:58). IU, 16-15
    149: Luke Blanton (IU) major dec. Kaelan Richards (MSU), 14-4 (RT 1:39). IU wins, 20-15

    Up Next: No. 21 Indiana (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 8 Michigan (8-1, 3-0 Big Ten)
    Sunday, January 24 | 1:00 p.m. ET
    Ann Arbor, Mich. | Cliff Keen Arena

    Indiana will continue their trek through Michigan with a stop in Ann Arbor, where they'll clash with the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines. The Hoosiers face another tough test against Big Ten competition, as nine-of-10 Wolverine starters are nationally ranked.

    After their dual against Michigan, the Hoosiers return home for a showdown against the No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free to the public, and the dual will air live on BTN Plus (subscription required).

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