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College Wrestling Week 2 Preview

By MI Grappler, 01/15/21, 7:15AM EST


Rayvon Foley, MSU open season with Saturday home tri-meet

#19 Michigan State vs Maryland

Returning All-American Rayvon Foley returns to the Spartan lineup after a redshirt season last year

Saturday @ Noon on BIg Ten Newtork+

We will have a chance to see the Michigan State Spartans for the first time this season, as they square off with Maryland (0-1). Michigan State is a preseason top-20 team with multiple returning All Americans, and Maryland is coming off a 38-3 loss to Michigan.

Match to Watch
While there are no ranked matchups in this dual, we are going to have our first look at a handful of young Spartans. The match we are most excited to watch is Peyton Omania vs Michael North. Omania, who is a Junior world Greco bronze medalist, will be making his debut for the Spartans against a very solid Michael North. North is coming off a tough 8-4 loss to Michigan’s #6 Kanen Storr.

Projected Lineups:
125 – #2 Rayvon Foley vs King Sandoval
133 – Jordan Hamdan vs Jackson Cockrell
141 – Jacob Spiess / Matt Santos vs Danny Bertoni
149 – Peyton Omania vs Michael North
157 – Chase Saldate / Nate Atienza vs Lucas Cordio
165 – #14 Jake Tucker vs Jonathan Spadafora
174 – #15 Drew Hughes vs Philip Spadafora
184 – Layne Malczewski vs Kyle Cochran
197 – #7 Cam Caffey vs Jaron Smith
285 – Brad Wilton / Christian Rebotarro vs Connor Bowes

Michigan State has a very solid lineup this year, and you should look for them to roll in its first dual of the season. Michigan State will be heavily favored in about half the matches, with the rest of the matches being winnable. Watch for a few Spartans to make their collegiate varsity debuts against Maryland before they square off with #14 Minnesota later in the day.

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#19 Michigan State vs #14 Minnesota

Saturday, 4pm on Big Ten Network+

Headlining the weekend is a matchup of top-20 programs in Michigan State and Minnesota. Both teams will have had wrestled Maryland earlier in the day. Minnesota is coming off a close loss to #4 Nebraska. Start Time: Saturday, Noon on Big Ten Network+

Match to Watch
Spartan All-American Rayvon Foley is coming off a redshirt season and is ranked 2nd in the country, behind only 2x national champion Spencer Lee from Iowa. He will be wrestling #15 Patrick McKee from
Minnesota, who was an NCAA qualifier in 2020. Foley is always a threat for bonus points, and Michigan State may need them to pull the upset.

Projected Lineups:
125 – #2 Rayvon Foley vs #15 Patrick McKee
133 – Jordan Hamdan vs Boo Dryden
141 – Jacob Spiess / Matt Santos vs Marcos Polanco
149 – Peyton Omania vs Michael Blockhus
157 – Chase Saldate / Nate Atienza vs #5 Brayton Lee
165 – #14 Jake Tucker vs #17 Andrew Sparks
174 – #15 Drew Hughes vs Jake Allar
184 – Layne Malczewski vs Owen Webster
197 – #7 Cam Caffey vs Garrett Joles
285 – Brad Wilton / Christian Rebotarro vs #1 Gable Steveson

This match could very easily be a 5-5 split, which means the match could come down to bonus points. Minnesota will be looking for bonus points from #5 Brayton Lee at 157 and #1 Gable Steveson at heavyweight. Michigan State will be looking for bonus points out of #2 Foley and #7 Caffey.

Minnesota may be looking for bonus points out of #5 Brayton Lee, but keep an eye out for MSU true freshman Chase Saldate possibly making his debut.  Saldate is by without doubt the biggest recruit Coach Chandler has landed in East Lansing and one of the most accomplished incoming Spartan wrestlers ever. The California state champ was ranked #1 in the country in his weight class last year as a HS senior and was also a GFC and Super 32 Champ.  While we could also see redshirt Junior Nate Atienza at 157, much of Spartan nation will be on the lookout for a Saldate debut.

#2 Michigan vs Indiana

True Freshman Ragusin looks for another top 20 win this weekend.

Sunday @ Noon on Big Ten Network+

Michigan picked up two solid dual wins to start the season last weekend against Rutgers and Maryland. True freshman Dylan Ragusin started off his career with a bang, earning B1G
Wrestler of the Week honors with back-to-back bonus point wins. Michigan was without #2 Stevan Micic, #1 Myles Amine, and NCAA qualifier Jelani Embree, so it will be interesting to see when they return to the lineup.

Match to Watch
The match at 125 between Michigan’s #10 Ragusin and Indiana’s #14 Brock Hudkins should be exciting and a big early-season test for true freshman Ragusin. As previously stated, Ragusin won B1G Wrestler of the Week honors last weekend after his two bonus point wins, but the senior Hudkins is a 2x NCAA qualifier that has been ranked as highly as #6 (last season).

Projected Lineups:
125 – #10 Dylan Ragusin / Jack Medley vs #14 Brock Hudkins
133 – #2 Stevan Micic / Jack Medley vs Cayden Rooks
141 – Drew Mattin vs Paul Konrath
149 – #6 Kanen Storr vs Luke Baughman
157 – #8 Will Lewan vs Jonathan Kervin
165 – #16 Cam Amine vs Nick South
174 – #2 Logan Massa vs Donnell Washington
184 – Joe Walker vs Drayton Harris
197 – Andrew Davison vs Nick Willham
285 – #2 Mason Parris vs Jacob Bullock

Michigan had three usual starters (Stevan Micic, Myles Amine, and Jelani Embree) out of the duals last weekend, so we assume those three are still out. Even without those three starters, Michigan should not have an issue against the Hoosiers. Michigan should be favored in 7 of the 10 matches, and they do have a path to winning all 10 matches in this dual.

Central Michigan vs Northern Illinois

Sunday @ 2pm on ESPN3

After starting off the season with a win against in-state Olivet, CMU fell to 1-2 on the season with losses to #10 Missouri and a solid Wyoming team last weekend. The Chippewas will look to get back on track against MAC foe Northern Illinois on Sunday.

Match to Watch
The 157lb match between Johnny Lovett and Anthony Gibson is our featured matchup here. Lovett is a tough freshman, coming off a 20-9 in open tournaments during his true freshman campaign. Lovett is wrestling a former Michigander in Anthony Gibson (Westland John Glenn). Gibson had a solid season a year ago for NIU, finishing 14-10.

Projected Lineups:
125 – #3 Drew Hildebrandt vs Lucian Brink
133 – Drew Marten vs Bryce West
141 – #15 Dresden Simon vs Caleb Brooks
149 – Corbyn Munson vs Jaivon Jones
157 – Johnny Lovett vs Anthony Gibson
165 – Alex Cramer vs Izzak Olejnik
174 – Jake Lowell vs Mason Kauffman
184 – Ben Cushman vs #13 Brit Wison
197 – Landon Pelham vs Gage Braun
285 – #4 Matt Stencel vs Max Ihry

Big match here for the Chippewas to get in the win column in the MAC. CMU should be heavily favored in at least three matches with a good shot to win another 3-5 matches. Swing matches from 149-165 could decide the dual.