DEKALB, Ill. - The Michigan State wrestling team cruised to a 27-6 victory over Northern Illinois Friday night at Chick Evans Field House. The Spartans (3-3) snapped NIU's six-match winning streak by claiming eight of the 10 matches in the dual, including three major decisions.
Mitch Rogaliner got things started for the Spartans with a 5-3 victory against Derek Elmore at 125 pounds, followed by Hermilo Esquivel's first career dual win with a 12-4 major decision over Danny Carlson at 133 pounds.
In the 141-pound match, Tyler Argue put Northern Illinois (7-6) on the board by defeating Garth Yenter, 8-3, but the Spartans won the next six matches to take a commanding 23-3 lead.
Nick Trimble topped Gabe Morse at 149 pounds, 6-2, then Roger Wildmo (157) and Ryan Watts (165) recorded a pair of one-point decisions. In his first dual of the season, Kevin Nash notched a 9-1 major decision over Bryce Gorman at 174 pounds.
At 184, John Rizqallah continued MSU's run with a 7-0 shutout over Quinton Rosser.
NIU picked up its second win of the dual at 197 pounds as Shawn Scott beat Nick McDiarmid, 6-3, butLuke Jones ended the night with a Spartan victory with a 10-2 major decision over Arthur Bunce at heavyweight.
Michigan State returns to action Saturday at 8 p.m. ET to face top-ranked Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
Michigan State 27, Northern Illinois 6
125: Mitch Rogaliner (MSU) dec. Derek Elmore (NIU), 5-3. MSU leads, 3-0
133: Hermilo Esquivel (MSU) major dec. Danny Carlson (NIU), 12-4. MSU leads, 7-0
141: Tyler Argue (NIU) dec. Garth Yenter (MSU), 8-3. MSU leads, 7-3
149: Nick Trimble (MSU) dec. Gabe Morse (NIU), 6-2. MSU leads, 10-3
157: Roger Wildmo (MSU) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 3-2. MSU leads, 13-3
165: Ryan Watts (MSU) dec. Shaun`Qae McMurtry (NIU), 5-4. MSU leads, 16-3
174: Kevin Nash (MSU) major dec. Bryce Gorman (NIU), 9-1. MSU leads, 20-3
184: John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Quinton Rosser (NIU), 7-0. MSU leads, 23-3
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Nick McDiarmid (MSU), 6-3. MSU leads, 23-6
HWT: Luke Jones (MSU) major dec. Arthur Bunce (NIU), 10-2. MSU wins, 27-6