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College Wrestling Week 7 Preview

By MI Grappler, 02/19/21, 1:15PM EST

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Rivalry Week - Michigan vs Michigan State

#3 Michigan at Michigan State
We have an in-state rivalry to end the regular season. #3 Michigan travels to East Lansing to take on the Spartans. Michigan is 4-1 on the season, coming off a weekend in which they beat rival #12 Ohio State 18-16 and lost to #2 Penn State 18-13. Michigan State is 2-3 on the season and is coming off a loss to Purdue.

How to Watch: Friday, 5pm on Big Ten Network

Match to Watch
The biggest match of the dual is at 197lbs. Myles Amine made his season debut last weekend, knocking off two standout freshmen in Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State) and Michael Beard (Penn State). Amine is a 3x All-American at 174lbs but made the jump up two weight classes this season. Caffey was a first team All-American selection last year by the NWCA at 184lbs and is having a great season thus far.

Projected Lineups
125 – #8 Dylan Ragusin vs #13 Rayvon Foley
133 – Jack Medley vs Jordan Hamdan
141 – Drew Mattin vs Jacob Spiess/Jaden Enriquez
149 – #5 Kanen Storr vs Peyton Omania
157 – #9 Will Lewan vs Chase Saldate
165 – #13 Cam Amine vs Jake Tucker
174 – #6 Logan Massa vs Drew Hughes
184 – Jaden Bullock vs #9 Layne Malczewski
197 – #2 Myles Amine vs #8 Cam Caffey
285 – #2 Mason Parris vs Brad Wilton/Christian Rebottaro

Outlook
If Stevan Micic is going to wrestle in the post-season, now would be the time for him to get back into the lineup so he can compete in the minimum number of matches to be eligible for the NCAA tournament. Until we see him in the lineup, we will keep Jack Medley in the projections. 184lbs is another question for the Wolverines. They can go with Jelani Embree or freshman Jaden Bullock. For the Spartans, 141 and 285 are the undecided weights. Jacob Spiess is the guy at 141lbs, but he has not wrestled the last few dual meets. At heavyweight, Wilton and Rebottaro have split time. This dual should give an idea for who each team brings to the Big Ten tournament.

Other exciting matches include 125lbs, 157lbs, and 165lbs. At 125, #8 Dylan Ragusin will wrestle #12 Rayvon Foley. Ragusin wrestled at 133 against Penn State last weekend, but we expect him back down at 125. Foley was an All-American at 125 two years ago, and Ragusin is wrestling at an extremely high level. At 157, Will Lewan is coming off a tough loss to #8 Brady Berge, and Chase Saldate has been in 1-point matches with multiple top-10 guys so far this season. At 165lbs, freshman Cam Amine is coming off a big win over Joe Lee of Penn State, and Jake Tucker has been a top-20 guy for most of the season.

Michigan Grapplers in the Rankings
125 – #2 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan)
125 – #8 Dylan Ragusin (Michigan)
125 – #13 Rayvon Foley (Michigan State, Ann Arbor Pioneer HS)
125 – #14 Devin Schroder (Purdue, Grand Rapids Catholic Central HS)
133 – #2 Stevan Micic (Michigan)
133 – #10 Jarrett Trombley (NC State, Lake Fenton HS)
141 – #5 Ian Parker (Iowa State, St. Johns HS)
141 – #13 Dresden Simon (Central Michigan, Dansville HS)
149 – #5 Kanen Storr (Michigan, Leslie HS)
157 – #9 Will Lewan (Michigan)
165 – #13 Cam Amine (Michigan, Detroit Catholic Central HS)
174 – #6 Logan Massa (Michigan, St. Johns HS)
184 – #9 Layne Malczewski (Michigan, Dakota HS)
197 – #2 Myles Amine (Michigan, Detroit Catholic Central HS)
197 – #8 Cam Caffey (Michigan State)
285 – #2 Mason Parris (Michigan)
285 – #4 Matt Stencel (Central Michigan)
285 – #12 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin, Lake Fenton HS)

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