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College Week 10 Preview

By MI Grappler, 01/20/22, 9:00PM EST


University of Michigan

Michigan vs Penn State Preview
#3 Michigan welcomes #1 Penn State to Crisler Arena tomorrow night at 6pm (the match will also be live on the Big Ten Network). Michigan is 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Big Ten, while Penn State is 11-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Big Ten.

Michigan has 10 ranked wrestlers this season, including 8 in the top-10. Penn State has 9 ranked wrestlers, including 4 wrestlers atop the rankings. Assuming everyone is healthy and competing, there will be an incredible 7 top-10 matches in this dual. Our match to watch in this dual is at 184lbs, where Olympian and 4x All American Myles Amine will wrestle defending national champion Aaron Brooks. The 184lb match could also go a long ways in deciding which team wins the dual. 

This dual could come down to bonus points, as there is potential for a 5-5 match split. Michigan is favored at 125, 157, 165, and 285. The swing matches will be at 141, 174, 184, and 197, although PSU is ranked higher in each of these matches. Michigan will likely need to win 2 of the 4 swing matches to pull off the upset and end a 9-match losing streak against the Nittany Lions.

#3 Michigan vs #1 Penn State
125 - #1 Nick Suriano (UM) vs #7 Drew Hildebrandt (PSU)
133 - #8 Dylan Ragusin (UM) vs #1 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU)
141 - #4 Stevan Micic (UM) vs #1 Nick Lee (PSU)
149 - Cole Mattin (UM) vs #19 Beau Bartlett (PSU)
157 - #15 Will Lewan (UM) vs Tony Negron (PSU)
165 - #10 Cam Amine (UM) vs #16 Brady Berge (PSU)
174 - #6 Logan Massa (UM) vs #1 Carter Starocci (PSU)
184 - #2 Myles Amine (UM) vs #1 Aaron Brooks (PSU)
197 - #8 Patrick Brucki (UM) vs #2 Max Dean (PSU)
285 - #2 Mason Parris (UM) vs #4 Greg Kerkvliet (PSU)

Michigan vs Rutgers Preview
This is a very tough Rutgers team that has 3 top-10 ranked wrestlers and 6 ranked wrestlers overall. The Scarlet Knights are 12-2 on the season, and they are coming off a weekend in which they split duals with Illinois (21-13 W) and Penn State (27-11 L). 

Our match to watch in this dual is at 197lbs where Patrick Brucki will wrestle Greg Bulsak. Brucki is a graduate transfer from Princeton, while Bulsak is a grad transfer from Clarion. Brucki was an All American for Princeton, while Bulsak was an NCAA qualifier and MAC champ for Clarion. 

Michigan has too much for Rutgers and could end up winning around 7 matches in this dual. The Wolverines also have the potential to score bonus points with Suriano, Amine, Massa, and Parris.

#3 Michigan vs #15 Rutgers
125 - #1 Nick Suriano (UM) vs #27 Dylan Shawver (R)
133 - #8 Dylan Ragusin (UM) vs #20 Joey Olivieri (R)
141 - #4 Stevan Micic (UM) vs #3 Sebastian Rivera (R)
149 - Cole Mattin (UM) vs #17 Mike Van Brill (R)
157 - #15 Will Lewan (UM) vs Robert Kanniard (R)
165 - #10 Cam Amine (UM) vs Andrew Clark (R)
174 - #6 Logan Massa (UM) vs Connor O'Neill (R)
184 - #2 Myles Amine (UM) vs #5 John Poznanski (R)
197 - #8 Patrick Brucki (UM) vs #6 Greg Bulsak (R)
285 - #2 Mason Parris (UM) vs Alex Esposito (R)

Michigan State University

Michigan State vs Rutgers Preview
MSU is coming off two big wins this past weekend, where they traveled to Purdue and Indiana and left with two come-from-behind victories. This is a good Rutgers team (ranked 15th in the country) that is tough to beat when they're at full strength. 

The match of the dual is at 197lbs. Cam Caffey and Greg Bulsak are both multiple time NCAA qualifiers that have yet to reach the podium at the NCAA tournament. For MSU to win this dual, they will need one or two upsets. 197lbs is one of those spots where an upset is very possible. 

The Spartans will be favored at 133 and 157. 165 and 285 are also very winnable for MSU. A bonus point battle does not favor Michigan State, so they will likely need to pick up 2 more wins, which could come at 174 or 197.

Michigan State vs #15 Rutgers
125 - Tristan Lujan (MSU) vs #27 Dylan Shawver (R)
133 - #12 Rayvon Foley (MSU) vs #20 Joey Olivieri (R)
141 - Jordan Hamdan (MSU) vs #3 Sebastian Rivera (R)
149 - Peyton Omania (MSU) vs #17 Mike Van Brill (R)
157 - #19 Chase Saldate (MSU) vs Robert Kanniard (R)
165 - Caleb Fish (MSU) vs Andrew Clark (R)
174 - Nate Jiminez (MSU) vs Connor O'Neill (R)
184 - #27 Layne Malczewski (MSU) vs #5 John Poznanski (R)
197 - #15 Cam Caffey (MSU) vs #6 Greg Bulsak (R)
285 - Brad Wilton (MSU) vs Alex Esposito (R)

Michigan State vs Penn State Preview
This will be a tall task for the Spartans, as they host #1 Penn State. On paper, Michigan State will be favored at only 157, but there are a few other spots MSU could swing their way. Caleb Fish is wrestling well this season and has shown that he can wrestle with anybody. Cam Caffey is tough, as he has shown by reaching the B1G conference finals. Peyton Omania, a U23 world champion and Junior world bronze medalist in Greco, is one of the most dangerous wrestlers in the country with his headlock.

The match of the day will be at 197lbs for the second consecutive dual for the Spartans. 3x NCAA qualifier Cam Caffey will wrestle 2x All American and NCAA finalist Max Dean, who is an alumni of Lowell HS. Caffey is 19-4 on the season, while Dean is a perfect 11-0.

Michigan State vs #1 Penn State
125 - Tristan Lujan (MSU) vs #7 Drew Hildebrandt (PSU)
133 - #12 Rayvon Foley (MSU) vs #1 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU)
141 - Jordan Hamdan (MSU) vs #1 Nick Lee (PSU)
149 - Peyton Omania (MSU) vs #19 Beau Bartlett (PSU)
157 - #19 Chase Saldate (MSU) vs Tony Negron (PSU)
165 - Caleb Fish (MSU) vs #16 Brady Berge (PSU)
174 - Nate Jiminez (MSU) vs #1 Carter Starocci (PSU)
184 - #27 Layne Malczewski (MSU) vs #1 Aaron Brooks (PSU)
197 - #15 Cam Caffey (MSU) vs #2 Max Dean (PSU)
285 - Brad Wilton vs #4 Greg Kerkvliet (PSU)

Central Michigan University

Central Michigan vs Northern Illinois Preview
CMU will be on the road in Illinois this weekend, wrestling at NIU on Friday and SIU Edwardsville on Sunday. The Chippewas will be looking to improve to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the MAC on the season.

Friday's dual in Dekalb, Illinois, should favor CMU on paper. Although the Huskies are loaded from 165 through 184, including returning All American Brit Wilson at 184, Central Michigan has a more well-rounded lineup.

Our match to watch here is at 157lbs. Johnny Lovett is coming off a great season for the Chippewas, qualifying for the NCAA tournament and upsetting a top-10 seed. Gibson was a 2x finalist for Westland John Glenn HS and is having a solid career for the Huskies. Lovett won this meeting at the MSU Open earlier this season by a 3-2 decision.

Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
125 - Brock Bergelin/Sean Spidle (CMU) vs Bryce West (NIU)
133 - Vince Perez/Ja'Kerion Merritt (CMU) vs Mikey Kaminski (NIU)
141 - #13 Dresden Simon (CMU) vs Jaivon Jones (NIU)
149 - Corbyn Munson (CMU) vs Anthony Cheloni (NIU)
157 - #18 Johnny Lovett (CMU) vs Anthony Gibson (NIU)
165 - Tracy Hubbard (CMU) vs #17 Izzak Olejnik (NIU)
174 - Bret Fedewa (CMU) vs #20 Mason Kauffman (NIU)
184 -  Ben Cushman (CMU) vs #20 Brit Wilson (NIU)
197 - Aaron Bolo (CMU) vs Tristin Guaman (NIU)
285 - #9 Matt Stencel (CMU) vs Terrese Aaron (NIU)

Central Michigan vs SIUE Preview
In the second dual of the weekend, CMU should be heavily favored. It's not unreasonable to think that the Chippewas could win all 10 weights here, assuming everyone is healthy and wrestling. This dual was cancelled a season ago due to COVID precautions, and CMU won the dual between the two programs two seasons ago by a score of 25-15. The Chippewas should be able to widen the gap this season. 

The match to watch is at 141lbs. Both Dresden Simon and Saul Ervin were NCAA qualifiers a season ago. Simon won this match last season 8-4 in the semis of the MAC tournament. Another match that could be competitive is at 174lbs. Bret Fedewa is wrestling well this year, and Kevin Gschwendtner has a few solid wins on the season.

Central Michigan at SIUE
125 - Brock Bergelin/Sean Spidle (CMU) vs Austin Macias (SIUE)
133 - Vince Perez/Ja'Kerion Merritt (CMU) vs Matt Malavsky (SIUE)
141 - #13 Dresden Simon (CMU) vs #31 Saul Ervin (SIUE)
149 - Corbyn Munson (CMU) vs Caleb Tyus (SIUE)
157 - #18 Johnny Lovett (CMU) vs Max Kristoff (SIUE)
165 - Tracy Hubbard (CMU) vs Grant LaDuke (SIUE)
174 - Bret Fedewa (CMU) vs Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE)
184 -  Ben Cushman (CMU) vs Sergio Villalobos (SIUE)
197 - Aaron Bolo (CMU) vs Ryan Yarnell (SIUE)
285 - #9 Matt Stencel (CMU) vs Colton McKiernan (SIUE)

Michigan Grapplers in the Rankings

125 - #1 Nick Suriano (Michigan)
125 - #15 Devin Schroder (Purdue, Grand Rapids CC HS)
133 - #8 Dylan Ragusin (Michigan)
133 - #12 Rayvon Foley (Michigan State, Ann Arbor Pioneer HS)
133 - #30 Dom Lajoie (Cornell, Gaylord HS)
141 - #4 Stevan Micic (Michigan)
141 - #11 Ian Parker (Iowa State, St. Johns HS)
141 - #13 Dresden Simon (CMU, Dansville HS)
149 - #16 Kanen Storr (Michigan, Leslie HS)
149 - #21 Josh Edmond (Missouri, Detroit CC HS)
149 - #27 Corbyn Munson (CMU, Chelsea HS)
157 - #15 Will Lewan (Michigan)
157 - #18 Johnny Lovett (CMU)
157 - #19 Chase Saldate (Michigan State)
165 - #10 Cam Amine (Michigan, Detroit CC HS)
174 - #6 Logan Massa (Michigan, St. Johns HS)
184 - #2 Myles Amine (Michigan, Detroit CC HS)
184 - #27 Layne Malczewski (Michigan State, Dakota HS)
184 - #32 Neil Antrassian (Penn, Monroe HS)
197 - #2 Max Dean (Penn State, Lowell HS)
197 - #8 Patrick Brucki (Michigan)
197 - #15 Cam Caffey (Michigan State)
285 - #2 Mason Parris (Michigan)
285 - #8 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin, Lake Fenton HS)
285 - #9 Matt Stencel (CMU)
285 - #25 Taye Ghadiali (Campbell, Warren Fitz HS)