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Corvallis, Ore. – Oregon State senior Scott Sakaguchi slides into the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings, as released by InterMat and The Open Mat on Tuesday.
Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple was ranked first in the 149 lb. weight class in various preseason polls, but dropped to a No. 2 ranking by InterMat and No. 3 ranking by The Open Mat after losing to Bloomsburg’s Bryce Butler over the weekend. Sakaguchi, who didn’t wrestle this past weekend at the Mike Clock Open, now tops Maple and sits as the No. 1 wrestler at 149.
In addition to junior Taylor Meeks, Oregon State now has two wrestlers ranked No. 1 going into the regular season. Meeks, who defeated Minnesota’s No. 2 Scott Schiller at the All-Star Classic and went 4-0 at the Mick Clock Open, maintains his place atop the 197 lb. weight class.
Senior RJ Pena, who also went 4-0 at the Mike Clock Open, continues to sit at a No. 5 ranking by InterMat and a No.3 ranking by The Open Mat.
One other Oregon State wrestler, sophomore Joey Palmer, cracked his way into the rankings this week. The Open Mat lists Palmer as the No. 20 wrestler in the 125 lb. weight class.
Just as in preseason, InterMat lists Oregon State as the No. 6 ranked team heading into the regular season.
The view from Northern IllinoisSpartans Face Tough Challenge at Eastern Michigan Duals
MSU will wrestle four duals on Saturday in Ypsilanti.
Nov. 14, 2013EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State wrestling team will take on No. 6 Oregon State, Utah Valley, Gardner-Webb and Drexel in the Eastern Michigan Duals on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Ypsilanti, Mich. The rest of the team will also participate in the EMU Open, which is being held in conjunction with the EMU Duals.
The four-dual format in one day will provide MSU head coach Tom Minkel several opportunities to see how his team fares against good competition early in the season.
"Now you have to be a little cognizant of the fact that there's a team score," said Minkel on the difference between wrestling this weekend and last weekend's MSU Open. "The individual matches now matter not only in the match itself but in how they affect the team score, but we're looking forward to it. We've got a lot of duals this year and we start out with Oregon State, and they're a very good team. It'll be good to get into a dual meet environment - I'm looking forward to it."
The Spartans can travel 15 wrestlers to compete in the duals. A few of the weight classes are solidified, but others are in an open competition as the dual season begins.
"I think we have five weight classes that are pretty well set (141, 149, 157, 184, Hwt.), and we have another five that are up for grabs," said Minkel. "It's really a process in the first part of the season because we really base it not on the wrestle-offs in the room as much as you do when you compete. Traditionally in wrestling, you wrestle two guys off and the guy who's the winner goes, but wrestling in the wrestling room and wrestling in front of a large crowd are two different things entirely, so we've kind of gone to how you compete to determine who's in the lineup. We got somewhat of an idea out of the MSU Open, but over the next month we'll really probably solidify who the starters are based on how they perform."
Nine Spartans placed at last weekend's MSU Open at Jenison Field House, including all three of the Spartans' returning NCAA qualifiers. Fifth-year senior Mike McClure took second at heavyweight, while juniors Ryan Watts (157) and John Rizqallah (184) placed fourth.
"I've watched film nonstop since Sunday morning and I actually broke down every match," Minkel said. "We had 100 matches on tape and I just finished breaking them down a couple hours ago. When you're coaching a group of 30 guys you really have to understand what your global issues are and then individually we work with guys one-on-one on their specific needs. We've got a couple global issues, more than I had hoped, but that's kind of what's behind it. We look through what we can fix and we try and go work on it."But we did some good things in some places. I thought Nick Trimble wrestled particularly well (at 149). He's made some huge strides from last year. Garth Yenter, who's a red-shirt freshman (133), had a very good tournament; he kind of surprised us in how he wrestled. Mitch Rogaliner, another true freshman (at 125), finished in second in his first college tournament, did a really nice job. Those performances stood out."
This will mark the first-ever meeting for the Spartans against Oregon State, Utah Valley and Gardner-Webb. MSU defeated Drexel, 28-13, during the 1989-90 season in the only other previous matchup.
MSU will begin its day against the Beavers of OSU at 10 a.m., then will face Utah Valley at 11:30 a.m., Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. and Drexel at 2:30 p.m. Oregon State features two No. 1-ranked wrestlers in its lineup: Scott Sakaguchi (149 pounds) and Taylor Meeks (197).
Michigan State Probable Starting Lineup at EMU Duals 125 MSU: Brenan Lyon OR Hermilo Esquivel 133 MSU: Garth Yenter OR Terry Turner 141 MSU: Brian Gibbs 149 MSU: Joe Johnson 157 MSU: Ryan Watts 165 MSU: Travis Curley OR Bobby Nash 174 MSU: Nick Kaczanowski OR Kevin Nash 184 MSU: John Rizqallah 197 MSU: Luke Jones OR Nick McDiarmid Hwt. MSU: No. 9 Michael McClure
CMU's Article (link)HUSKIES FACE RANKED FOES AT EMU DUALS
SIXTH-RANKED OREGON STATE, #14 MICHIGAN HIGHLIGHT TOUGH WEEKEND FOR NIU
Nov. 14, 2013Meet Notes | Live Results
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team heads into dual action this weekend when they battle #14 Michigan, #6 Oregon State, Clarion and Findlay at the EMU Duals in Ypsilanti, Mich.
The duals start at 9 a.m. CT. Meanwhile, several other Huskies will be competing in the EMU Open that same day.
"We are entering our first outing in dual meet orientation," said NIU head coachRyan Ludwig. "We have competed in two elite opens the past two weekends and they are ready to work as a team. They understand that each individual effort will be huge for us as we take the mats and undergo this week's challenge. We are looking forward to competing hard, seven minutes at a time."
Following a weekend where they got five placewinners at the MSU Open, NIU returns to the Great Lakes State this weekend to face some of the best programs regionally and nationally. Between the Huskies' four opponents, they combined to send 20 wrestlers to the national tournaments last season.
Saturday marks the fifth time - and the first since the 2005-06 season - that the Huskies and Wolverines will meet on the mat, with UM taking each of the previous four meetings. Additionally, NIU is 0-1 all-time against OSU, 1-0 against Clarion and 2-1 against Findlay.
In addition to the dual, eight Huskies will compete in the open tournament. Of that group, five will wrestle in the open division and three in the fresh/soph division.
Live results will be available on TrackWrestling.com (for open tournament results, click here).
Saturday's Dual Lineup
125: Braun Marquez (2-2) OR Nick Harrison (5-4)
133: Nick Smith (0-0)
141: Tyler Argue (5-3) OR Kevin Fanta (4-2)
149: Gabe Morse (2-2)
157: #20 Andrew Morse (9-3)
165: Sam Bennett (7-5) OR Trace Engelkes (4-3)
174: Billy Chancey (5-4)
184: Caleb Busson (3-4)
197: Shawn Scott (6-3)
285: Jared Torrence (6-4)
Saturday's Open Competitors
125: Derek Elmore*
133: Jordan Northrup^
141: Sal Annoreno^
157: Matt Smith
165: Shaun'Qae McMurtry
197: Parker Settecase
285: Arthur Bunce, Jake Cochrane^
^Competing in fresh/soph division
Scouting the Field
The Huskies start dual action this weekend with a solid quartet of matches. First up on the day will be Michigan, who return four NCAA qualifiers from a season ago for 2013-14. Oregon State, the second opponent for the day, return all three of their All-Americans, including current top-rated 149-pounder Scott Sakaguchi. Meanwhile, Clarion - one of the premier programs in Pennsylvania - feature 2013 NCAA Championships qualifier Tyler Bedelyon and Findlay returns two Division II nationals qualifiers.
Following some impressive wins over the weekend, sophomore Andrew Morse has broken into the top 20 at 157 pounds in two national polls. The Alto, Mich., native ranks 12th in the Amateur Wrestling News/TheOpenMat.com ratings and 20th in the InterMat poll.
Teacher vs. Student
NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig will see a familiar face across the mat in Saturday's final dual, as he will take on his alma mater and his former head coach in Findlay's Shawn Nelson. A graduate of UF in 2000, Ludwig was a three-time NAIA All-American with the Oilers and still ranks seventh in career wins (108).
Only the Best
The Huskies schedule the next two Saturdays will be plenty difficult, as they face four teams ranked in the Top 26 of the InterMat rankings. This weekend, NIU faces #6 Oregon State and #14 Michigan. They follow that up by hosting #20 Northern Iowa and #26 North Dakota State the next weekend in the Northern Duals.
With last weekend's and this weekend's meets in the state of Michigan, seven Huskies - Arthur Bunce (Munith),Mason Cleaver (Holly), Andrew Morse (Alto), Gabe Morse (Alto), Shawn Scott (Holly), Matt Smith (Paw Paw) andNick Smith (Ida) will get the opportunity to compete once again in their home state. In fact, Michigan is the second-most represented state on the NIU roster, trailing only Illinois.
The Huskies opens their home schedule next Saturday when they host MAC rival Northern Iowa and North Dakota State in the Northern Duals. The triangular starts at 10 a.m. in Victor E. Court.
Michigan's article (link) It appears that Michigan will be streaming the dual. Not sure if there is cost involved.Chippewas Host Utah Valley, Travel to Ypsilanti for EMU Duals/Open
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan wrestling program will open its dual season Friday night when it hosts Utah Valley before traveling to Ypsilanti Saturday for the Eastern Michigan Duals/Open.The Chippewas and Wolverines will be meeting for the first time in program history. The dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
CMU will battle Drexel (11:30 a.m.) and No. 6 Oregon State (1:30 p.m.) Saturday as a part of the Eastern Michigan duals, while 16 wrestlers will compete in the Open Tournament.
Follow the Action
Fans can watch Friday night’s dual live through the CMU Sports Zone (Subscription required). Live stats will be available through TrackWrestling.com and live updates will be tweeted from the Chippewas’ official Twitter account @CMUWrestling.
Horan Wins MSU Open
Sophomore 141-pounder Zach Horan, coming off a redshirt season, opened his season with five-straight victories last weekend at the MSU Open to claim the open division title. Horan moved up to the 141 weight class this season after claiming the Mid-American Conference title at 133 pounds his freshman season in 2011-12.
Ottinger Moves Up
Junior Mike Ottinger, a two-time MAC champ and NCAA qualifier at 165 pounds, made his debut at 174 pounds last weekend at the MSU Open, posting a 4-1 mark and a third-place finish. Ottinger earned his 50th career victory with a 5-4 decision over Navy’s Mathew Miller.
In the Rankings
Central Michigan vs. Utah Valley Projected Lineup
Central Michigan Utah Valley Drexel Oregon State 133: Joe Roth, No. 14 125: Jade Rauser, No. 12 197: Brandon Palik, No. 12 149: Scott Sakaguchi, No. 1 141: Zach Horan, No. 16 Hwt: Adam Fager, No. 20 157: R.J. Pena, No. 5 174: Mike Ottinger, No. 15 197: Taylor Meeks, No. 1
125: Corey Keener, RFr. (4-1) vs. No. 12 Jade Rauser, So. (0-0)
133: Tyler Keselring, Jr. (3-2) vs. Bracken Nipko, RFr. (2-2)
141: No. 16 Zach Horan, So. (5-0) vs. Avery Garner, Sr. (0-0)
149: Scott Mattingly, Sr. (5-2) vs. Trevor Wilson, So. (0-2)
157: Dakota Cooley, Jr. (0-2) vs. Chase Cuthbertson, So. (0-0)
165: Nick Becker, RFr. (2-2) vs. Curtis Abner Cook, Sr. (0-0)
174: No. 15 Mike Ottinger, Jr. (4-1) vs. Monte Schmalhaus, Sr. (0-0)
184: Craig Kelliher, Sr. (2-2) vs. Ethan Smith, Jr. (0-0)
197: Jackson Lewis, So. (3-2) vs. Derek Thomas, So. (2-2)
285: Mike Murray, Sr. (2-2) or Adam Robinson, So. (2-2) vs. No. 20 Adam Fager, Jr. (0-0)
Week #1: Michigan to Open 2013-14 with Three Weekend Duals
Nov. 13, 2013• Season Preview | Max Huntley Spotlight
Saturday, Nov. 16 -- vs. Northern Illinois (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 -- vs. Kent State (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 -- vs. No. 12 Oregon State (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.
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The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (0-0) will kick off the 2013-14 season, its 92nd season of intercollegiate competition, with three non-conference dual meets this weekend. The Wolverines will participate in the first ever EMU Dual on Saturday (Nov. 16), squaring off against Northern Illinois (0-0) at 10 a.m. and Kent State (0-3) at 11:30 a.m. at Bowen Field House in Ypsilanti. U-M will then open the home portion of its schedule on Sunday (Nov. 17), hosting No. 12 Oregon State (0-0) at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.
Prior to Sunday's home dual, the Wolverines will host a free pre-meet clinic from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Keen Arena. U-M greats Ryan Churella (2003-06) and Eric Tannenbaum (2005-08) will headline the clinic, which is open to all ages and skill levels.
Michigan's Projected Starting Lineup
Wgt. Name Year/Elig. Hometown (High School) 125 Conor Youtsey So./Fr. Parma, Mich. (Mason) 133 Rossi Bruno So./So. Brandon, Fla. (Brandon) 141 Angelo Latora So./Fr. Portage, Mich. (Central) 149 Eric Grajales 5th/Sr. Brandon, Fla. (Brandon) 157 Jake Salazar Sr./Jr. Midway, Utah (Wasatch) 165 Dan Yates 5th/Sr. Hesperia, Mich. (Hesperia) 174 Ben Ralston Sr./Jr. Oxford, Mich. (Oxford) 184 Max Huntley Sr./Jr. Emerald Isle, N.C. (Blair Academy) 197 Chris Heald Sr./Jr. West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield) Hwt Adam Coon Fr./Fr. Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville)
• Through 91 years of U-M wrestling history, Michigan has posted a 59-30-2 record in its first dual meet of the season. Last season, the Wolverines earned bonus points in nine matches to cruise to a 46-0 shutout victory in their opener against Olivet. Under head coach Joe McFarland, Michigan is 11-3 in season openers.
• Four Wolverines are projected to make their collegiate dual-meet debut this weekend. Freshman heavyweight Adam Coon will start for Michigan in his first collegiate season, while sophomore/freshmen Conor Youtsey (125 pounds) andAngelo Latora (141) and junior/sophomore Ben Ralston (174) round out U-M's first-time starters.
• Fifth-year senior Dan Yates and senior/junior Max Huntley will both drop down a weight class to 165 and 184 pounds, respectively, while junior/sophomore Chris Heald will move up to 197 pounds. Yates previously wrestled two seasons at 165 pounds, where he was a two-time NCAA qualifier, before he moved up to 174 pounds last season. Huntley and Heald will swap spots in the lineup; Huntley was previously a two-time NCAA qualifier at 197 pounds.
• The Wolverines boasted 10 total placewinners at the MSU Open last Saturday (Nov. 9), including seven freshmen in their collegiate debuts. Freshman Adam Coon captured the heavyweight title in the freshman/sophomore division, while freshmen George Fisher (133) and Payne Hayden (197) placed third, sophomore Jordan Thomas (174) and freshmanAyoola Olapo (184) took fourth, freshmen Cameron Kennedy (141) and Aaron Calderon (157) took fifth and freshmanJordan Amine (149) placed sixth. In the open division, sophomore Taylor Massa placed second at 174 pounds and junior/sophomore Connor Brancheau took sixth at 165.
• Sophomore Taylor Massa, who reached the NCAA Round of 12 last season and led the Wolverines with a 27-10 record at 165 pounds, will redshirt the 2013-14 season. He competed unattached at the MSU Open last Saturday (Nov. 9), taking second place at 174 pounds with a 4-0 record. [He withdrew prior to the final.]
• The Wolverines will be featured by the Big Ten Network seven times this season -- six U-M dual meets will be streamed live on BTDN and MGoBlueTV, while one dual will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network, which will also televise the finals of the Big Ten Championships, to be held March 9 in Madison, Wis. [ Full Release ]
• Eleven of the Wolverines' 15 dual-meet opponents rank among the top 25 teams in the National Wrestling Coaches Association's preseason poll, including three of the top-five ranked teams and five of the top-10 ranked teams. No. 1 Penn State leads the pack of ranked opponents, which also includes No. 2 Minnesota, No. 4 Iowa, No. 7 Illinois, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 Oregon State, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 15 Pittsburgh, No. 23 Purdue, No. 24 Central Michigan and No. 25 Maryland.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Northern Illinois -- The Huskies will make their season debut against Michigan. They are coming off a 10-8 record last season, placing fifth at the 2013 MAC Championships and 41st at NCAAs. NIU claims one ranked wrestler in No. 20 Andrew Morse (157), who posted an 18-16 mark a year ago. Michigan owns a perfect 4-0 series advantage against the Huskies, earning a 34-4 victory in the most-recent meeting at the 2006 National Duals.
Kent State -- The Golden Flashes enter the weekend with a 0-3 record after falling to Virginia Tech (19-18), Rider (18-14) and Virginia (29-12) at the Virginia Tech Duals last Saturday (Nov. 10). Ian Miller stands as KSU's lone ranked wrestler, earning the No. 13 spot at 157 pounds, while Sam Wheeler owns a perfect 3-0 dual mark at 184 pounds. Michigan is 3-2 in the all-time series against Kent State but dropped the two most-recent meetings -- 28-9 and 27-9 -- both during the 2009-10 season.
Oregon State -- The Beavers will make their season debut at the EMU Duals this Saturday. They posted an 11-4 record last season before capturing a second straight PAC-12 title and placing eighth at NCAAs. OSU boasts three ranked wrestlers -- No. 1 Scott Sakaguchi (149), No. 5 R.J. Pena (157) and No. 1 Taylor Meeks (197); all three were All-Americans in 2012-13. Michigan owns a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series against Oregon State and split a pair of meetings in Corvallis, Ore., last season, defeating the Beavers, 21-18, early in the year before falling, 22-13, in the NWCA National Duals.
U-M Individual Rankings
Wt. Wrestler InterMat AWN W.I.N. Flo D1CW 125 Conor Youtsey 11 16 -- -- -- 149 Eric Grajales 5 8 7 7 7 165 Dan Yates 6 6 -- 8 6 184 Max Huntley 11 12 19 18 19
Sunday, Nov. 24 -- vs. Stanford (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.
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