Spartan Wrestling Falls in Final Regular Season Dual to No. 13 Indiana

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Gomez, Osterman, Cheza and Hinton all win for MSU.


On the final regular season matchup of the year, Michigan State fell 24-15 to No. 13 Indiana. Prior to the match, the Spartans honored seniors Kyle Bounds, Franklin Gomez, Alan O’Donnell and Nick Palmieri. Th e Spartans also honored redshirt junior Eric Anderson “It was a tough loss but Indiana is a good team,” said Spartan head coach Tom Minkel. “We were in a position to win it near the end of the dual but we just couldn’t fi nish it up.”



Indiana got off to a quick 6-0 start at 125 pounds when No. 1 ranked Angel Escobedo pinned Brennan Lyon at the 5:47 mark of the match.

Th e Spartans responded quickly tying the match at six when No. 4 ranked Franklin Gomez pinned Matt Ortega 2:45 into the fi rst period to square the match at six. Gomez, who was wrestling for the fi nal time at Jenison Field House, controlled the match throughout registering three takedowns before fi nally locking in the pin.

Th e Spartans took their fi rst lead of match when freshman Dan Osterman earned a decision over Danny Monaco. Osterman narrowly lead 4-2 entering the third period but used a quick escape and takedown to push his lead to 7-2 and eventually take the match, 8-4, with riding time.

Eleventh-ranked David Cheza pushed the Spartan lead to 12-6 when he defeated Matt Coughlin at 149 pounds. Cheza used a fi rst period take down and second period reversal to push his lead to 4-0 entering the fi nal frame where he rode out Coughlin to secure a 5-0 victory.

Indiana gained momentum entering the break when No. 8 Kurt Kinser defeated Anthony Jones. Jones took a quick 2-0 lead on a takedown less than 20 seconds in but was unable to maintain the momentum and eventually fell 9-4, pushing the match score to 12-9.

The Hoosiers retook the lead when No. 12 Paul Young earned a 13-3 major decision over Spartan senior Kyle Bounds.

The final Spartan victory of the day came from sophomore Ian Hinton who defeated IU’s Nick Avery, 4-1. Hinton narrowly lead, 2-1, going into the fi nal period but sealed his victory with a reversal with under a minute remaining in the period.

Th e turning point of the match came at the 184 pound bout. Entering the third down 1-0 Michigan State senior Nick Palmieri quickly recorded an escape tying his match with Indiana’s Eric Camerson. Palmieri looked to be primed for a takedown when he had Camerson’s leg hooked with 30 seconds remaining but Camerson escaped and quickly went on the off ensive scoring his own takedown with only 14 seconds remaining in the match. Th e takedown gave Camerson a 3-1 lead which he held onto for the critical three points.

Indiana followed the momentum from the Camerson victory by recording a pair of major decisions from its ranked wrestlers at 197 and 285.

At 197, No. 14 Matt Powless defeated Tyler Dickenson 12-3 and at 285, No. 2 Nate Everhart dropped Alan O’Donnell 10-2.

The Spartans return to action March 6th and 7th when they head to Ann Arbor for the Big Ten Championships.









Ian Hinton recorded a victory at 174 for the Spartans.  Photo courtesy of the MSU SID.

Ian Hinton recorded a victory at 174 for the Spartans. Photo courtesy of the MSU SID.