Michigan State wrestling falls to No. 14 Illinois
The Michigan State wrestling team put up a fight in Jenison Field House against No. 14 Illinois on Friday. With many duals being won by members like redshirt sophomore Drew Hughes and sophomore Rayvon Foley, the end result came to a close 18-15.
Foley is a two-time NCAA qualifier, and was one of the highlights of Friday's meet.
"Rayvon Foley, you know, he's one of the best guys in the country and he continues to impress," MSU coach Roger Chandler said. "The other guy, by no means, I mean he might not be ranked as high as Rayvon but he's one of the top kids in the country. Rayvon dominated him in all three positions and I know that he will compete for a national title because of it."
More members of the team held big wins over their opponents, such as redshirt freshman Brad Wilton. Wilton started off the meet by pinning Illinois' Andre Lee, giving the Spartans a 6-0 lead right away. Redshirt freshman Chase Beard also took a huge win with a decision victory of 6-4.
After MSU wrestlers won three bouts to start off the meet, Illinois came back and won five bouts in a row, giving them the advantage to take the win.
"What I told the guys in the locker room afterwards is 'can you look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if you've left everything out there' and I think that all ten guys could," Chandler said. "At the end of the day, at the end of a competition, if you can look at yourself, then you've done pretty good things."
Michigan State will compete against No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13. Competing against a top ranked wrestling program may be intimidating, but not to Chandler.
"Ohio State, I mean, they're one of the benchmark programs nationally and I think our guys need to go out there with the same tenacity that they did tonight," Chandler said. "It doesn't matter rankings, it doesn't matter, it's all in how you compete in those seven minutes."