November 20, 2016

Pletcher Takes Michigan State Open Title


Nov. 20, 2016

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Wrestling unattached, Luke Pletcher has competed in two tournaments so far this season. After Sunday, he’s now two for two.

Pletcher won the 133 lb. bracket at today’s Michigan State Open, securing the title with an entertaining 5-4 decision over Central Michigan’s Corey Keener in the finals. Keener began the season ranked No. 20 nationally. 

Prior to the finals, Pletcher began his day with a 20-5 technical fall over Chris Poland of Eastern Michigan, 4-0 shutout of Alijah Jeffrey of Northern Illinois in the quarterfinals and 6-2 decision against Ian Parker of Iowa State in the semifinals. He’s now 8-0 on the year with a Eastern Michigan Open co-champion to go along with his title at the MSU Open.

Three other members of the Scarlet and Gray won at least two matches on the day. At 165 pounds, freshman Elijah Cleary, also wrestling unattached, advanced to the quarterfinals but dropped a hard-fought 5-2 decision. He then went 1-1 in the wrestleback rounds. All four of Cleary’s matches on the day were decided by three points or less.

At heavyweight, unattached Gary Traub was 2-2 with a decision against Jake Cochrane of Northern Illinois and a fall against Kevin Koenig in 6:50. The two wins today for Taub give him eight of the year in open tournaments. Three of those have come via pin.

Senior Josh Fox also went 2-2 at heavyweight, picking up a 2-0 decision against Koenig and 17-0 technical fall against Jeffrey Henderson of Henry Ford College.

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