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EMU Open Recap

By MI Grappler, 11/12/17, 12:30AM EST


Impressive Freshmen rule the day @ EMU

Week 2 of the college season saw all of Michigan's D1 programs in action at the Eastern Michigan Open on Saturday.  Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, and Eastern Michigan all brought their underclassmen and a sampling of starters were in attendance as well.

The biggest storyline of Saturday was impact freshmen!  There were some major breakout showings from true and redshirt freshman yesterday, here are the top freshman performances:

1. Drew Mattin (Michigan), 125lbs
The big time recruit Mattin waited until his second college tournament to really turn heads.  After failing to place at the MSU Open, the Ohio native scored three straight solid wins to win the Open 125lb title.  Mattin scored an 11-0 major decision over CMU's likely starter Drew Hildebrandt in round 1, then knocked off #6 Sean Russell of Edinboro in the semis before outlasting #14 Brock Hudkins of Northern Illinois in the finals.  His showing will make the decision tough for the Wolverine coaching staff on whether or not to redshirt Mattin this year.

WATCH - Mattin vs Sean Russell, Edinboro (GOLD)
WATCH - Mattin vs Brock Hudkins, N. Illinois (GOLD)

2. Matt Stencel (Central Michigan), 285lbs
Stencel appears to have locked himself in as the new starting heavyweight for the Chipps after back-to-back strong showings at MSU last weekend and EMU this weekend.  Stencel finished runner-up at 285lbs, losing to the #8 ranked wrestler in the country Ryan Solomon (Pittsburgh).  He scored a huge win in the semis, however, knocking off #10 Billy Miller of Edinboro.  Miller injury defaulting in the 3rd period, Stencel was up 4-2 at the time of the default.

WATCH - Stencel vs Billy Miller, Edinboro (GOLD)

3. Rayvon Foley (Michigan State), 125lbs 
Another strong showing for Foley, after finishing runner up at MSU last weekend the Spartan true freshman won the EMU Open this weekend in the Freshman/Sophomore division.  He won 8-4 first round over Hunter Lucas of Ohio State who went 4-0 after that to finish 5th.  Foley then knocked off Michigan's Jack Medley in a rematch of last years D1 State Quarterfinals where Foley won 8-6 in Overtime.  This time around he beat Medley 6-1 and then knocked off both the highly touted West brothers (Drew and Bryce) of Northern Illinois in the semis and finals to win the bracket. 

WATCH - Foley vs Jack Medley, Michigan (GOLD)

4. Cameron Caffey (Michigan State), 184lbs
Caffey continues to impress after winning the MSU open last weekend in the freshman/sophomore division he bumped up to the Open Division this weekend and finished 4th.  He knocked off Nick Corba of Cleveland State in the quarterfinals, 10-6.  Corba is currently ranked #16 in the country.  

WATCH - Caffey vs #16 Nick Corba, Cleveland State (GOLD)

5. Tanner Smith (Eastern Michigan), 149lbs
Smith made it two in a row as he won the EMU Open this weekend after winning the MSU Open last weekend.  The Mechanicsburg, Ohio native is now undefeated in his college career, competing in Freshman/Sophomore divisions in both tournaments.  

WATCH - 149 Finals, Smith vs Ryan Ford, Cleveland State (GOLD)

6. Jelani Embree (Michigan), 184lbs
In his first collegiate action, Embree was as good as advertised, rolling through the Freshman/Sophomore 184lb bracket.  He was 3-0 and pretty much untested, including a 9-5 win over Ethan Smith of Ohio State in the finals.

WATCH  - Embree vs Ethan Smith, Ohio State (GOLD)

7. Drew Marten (Central Michigan), 133lbs
After a solid 6th place showing at MSU last weekend, Marten rolled through this weekend's EMU Open at 133 in the Freshman/Sophomore division.  He finished 4-0 on the day outscoring his opposition 43-6 including a 5-2 win over Cody Trybus of Navy in the finals.

WATCH - Marten vs Cody Trybus, Navy (GOLD)


For full EMU Open brackets, click here.

For full listing of Michigan place winners, scroll down.