Wrestling hosts Michigan State

By Danny Albers

Wrestling hosts its first home solo dual of the season when the Michigan State Spartans come to DeKalb this weekend.

The Huskies (7-5) take on the Spartans (2-3) 7 p.m. Friday. The matchup will be held in the Chick Evans Field House due to scheduling conflicts at the Convocation Center. The last time the Huskies wrestled at the field house was Feb. 8, 2002, in a 37-9 victory over SIU-Edwardsville and a 35-10 victory against Lindenwood.

The matchup itself takes on a personal role as several of the Huskies’ top wrestlers are from Michigan. Going through the system a lot of wrestlers from each team were teammates or went head to head.

“A lot of these guys know each other because they’re Michigan kids,” said head coach Ryan Ludwig. “It’s no shocker they know each other because they have seen each other plenty of times.”

One of those personal matchups features rivals redshirt sophomore Gabe Morse (149) and Michigan State junior Nick Trimble (149).

The highlighted matchup of the dual comes at the 197-pound weight class as redshirt sophomore Shawn Scott faces Michigan State senior Nick McDiarmid.

“I believe in Shawn’s abilities,” Ludwig said. “I think when Shawn comes out and wrestles hard and comes out aggressive he is one [of] the best kids in the country. But, Nick is a very tough wrestler, as well.

Another matchup that should draw some attention pits senior Derek Elmore (125) against Spartans redshirt freshman Mitch Rogaliner, who is one of Michigan State’s highest-ranked recruits.

“It’s going to be a very interesting matchup,” Ludwig said. “Depending on where we start the dual that can be the first bout of the night. I expect a lot of fireworks out of that match. They’re both capable of big moves and putting each other on their backs.”

The Spartans’ lone ranked wrestler is Javier Gasca, who is ranked No. 12 in the InterMat poll at 133 pounds. The redshirt freshman will be a match-time decision, but if he does go he’ll take on freshman Danny Carlson.

“Again, this is why we schedule like we do, to get these premier wrestling matchups, and to have it at home for the local wrestling community is great,” Ludwig said.