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MSU Open Preview

By MI Grappler, 11/03/17, 8:30AM EDT




The college season gets real for most Michigan programs every year with the annual Michigan State Open.  Once again this year most all of Michigan's D1 and small-school programs will be in attendance at the MSU Open, along with a slew of nationally relevant programs from across the country. 

#3 Michigan brings their whole team, including some weights that will likely feature an extension of their wrestle offs from last week where some there are obviously some very highly competitive scenarios still in motion to determine who will start for the Wolverines.  It is likely that Coach McFarland and staff will use this weekend as a way to further evaluate their lineup options.

#6 Arizona State is making the trek back to Head Coach Zeke Jones' home state and bringing all the big guns with them, including 4 nationally ranked wrestlers.  This weekend should give us a little preview of the Michigan-ASU dual that is going down next Friday at DCC High School.  It is safe to assume a good number of Wolverines and Sun Devils will wind up competing against each other this weekend.

#20 Central Michigan brings the whole crew as well with a ton of experience in their lineup and some new young guys to watch out for.  Like Michigan, they had wrestle offs last week and will likely be using the open tournaments as an extension of their evaluation process for determining lineups.

Host Michigan State, along with Northwestern, Purdue, & Wisconsin are four other Big Ten teams bringing their full lineups, and Oklahoma, with their revamped coaching staff, is bringing the starting lineup as well.

The Spartans will have their entire program in action on Sunday, including a slew of new faces debuting for the Green & White with numerous lineup questions that still seem to be answered after their wrestle offs.

All in all, their are 29 Top-20 individuals, per InterMat's National Rankings in the Open Division.  Throw in a huge crop of highly touted youngsters in the Freshman/Sophomore division, and the MSU Open will be worth the drive to East Lansing on Sunday.

Photo: MI Sports Scene