Tobias Wins 149-Pound Title to Lead U-M at MSU Open

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- University of Michigan fifth-year senior wrestler Jeremiah Tobias (Manchester, Mich./Manchester HS) captured the 149-pound individual title to lead a contingent of four unattached U-M placewinners at the Michigan State Open, held Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 20-21) at the Spartans' Jenison Field House.

Tobias, seeded third at 149 pounds, tallied a perfect 4-0 mark with three wins by fall, including a pin at 3:12 against Michigan State's Darren McKnight in the championship bout. With his first-place performance, Tobias owns six falls on the season, bringing his career total to 50 over five seasons at Michigan. He ranks second on U-M's career falls list, just five pins shy of the top spot, currently held by Jeff Catrabone (55, 1994-98).

Also placing among the top eight at their repsective weights were senior/junior Charles Kalil (Midland, Mich./H.H. Dow HS) and freshmen Tyrel Todd (Bozeman, Mont./Bozeman HS) and Casey White (Commerce, Mich./Walled Lake Central HS). It was the best finish of Kalil's U-M career, who posted a 6-2 mark to claim seventh place at 157 pounds. The Wolverine junior registered his first collegiate fall, pinning Short at 2:40 in the second round, and added a dominant 11-1 major decision over Central Michigan's Zack Strunk to place in a collegiate tournament for the first time in his career.

Todd and White each placed in their second consecutive open tournament as Todd claimed fifth at 174 pounds and White finished eighth at 197. Todd, seeded fifth, compiled a 5-2 record and earned bonus points for the first time in his brief U-M career, pinning Kent State's Eric Chine in the second round and recording an 11-1 major decision against Ohio State's Andrew Lowther. White tallied his second career technical fall, defeating Dean of Muskegon Community College 20-5 in the wrestlebacks.

Fifth-year senior captain Ryan Bertin (Broadview Heights, Ohio/St. Edwards HS) will hit the mat on Monday (Nov. 22) at the 2004 Marine All-Star Classic, organized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, in Edwardsville, Ill. Hosted by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the meet will begin at 7 p.m. CST and feature Bertin squaring off against Ohio's second-ranked Jake Percival at 157 pounds.

The Wolverine squad will continue early-season action in two weeks at the Cliff Keen Invitational on Friday through Sunday, Dec. 3-4, in Las Vegas, Nev. Competition is slated to begin with pigtail rounds on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Cashman Center.

Michigan Results

125 pounds - #4 seed Jim Shutich
First Round - dec. Austin (MSJ), 7-3
Quarterfinals - dec. by Chad Vandiver (Northern Illinois), 4-3
Consolations - pinned Ryan Clay (New Hampshire), 1:45
Consolations - dec. Eric Wanner (Ohio State), 5-0
Consolations - dec. by Kinney (unattached), 3-2
Eliminated with a 3-2 record

133 pounds - James Shaheen
First Round - major dec. by Kyle Stoffer (Central Michigan), 12-2
Consolations - dec. by James Fulgar (Eastern Michigan), 8-6
Eliminated with an 0-2 record

141 pounds - Brian Ong
First Round - Bye
Second Round - major dec. by #8 Jason McGee (Kent State), 12-3
Consolations - major dec. by #3 Ryan Lang (Northwestern), 14-2
Eliminated with an 0-2 record

141 pounds - Kenny Halloran
First Round - major dec. by #5 Brandon Carter (Central Michigan), 11-1
Consolations - dec. by Tim Hammer (Michigan State), 5-4
Eliminated with an 0-2 record

149 pounds - #3 seed Jeremiah Tobias
First Round - Bye
Second Round - pinned Grupido (unattached), 0:40
Quarterfinals - pinned Tim Ebenhoch (Central Michigan), 2:47
Semifinals - dec. #7 Mike Grimes (Northern Illinois), 15-10
Final - pinned #4 Darren McKnight (Michigan State), 3:12
Finished as the 149-pound champion with a 4-0 record

157 pounds - Charles Kalil
First Round - dec. Adam Huddle (Ohio State), 5-2
Second Round - pinned Short (unattached), 2:40
Quarterfinals - dec. by #7 Matt McCarty (Michigan State), 3-2
Consolations - dec. Jared Grindstaff (Cumberland), 3-1
Consolations - major dec. Zack Strunk (Central Michigan), 11-1
Consolations - injury def. over Nick Harpster (Ohio State)
Consolations - dec. by Keegan Mueller (Ohio State), 1-0
Seventh Place - won by forfeit
Finished seventh with a 6-2 record

157 pounds - Dario Mainella
First Round - Bye
Second Round - dec. by #2 Alex Nelson (Northern Illinois), 9-2
Consolations - dec. Dan Hughes (Michigan State), 5-2
Consolations - dec. by Kyle Burkett (Cumberland), 3-0
Eliminated with a 1-2 record

165 pounds - #5 seed Steve Luke
First Round - pinned R.J. Pratt (Eastern Michigan), 3:30
Second Round - dec. Zach Craiglow (Ohio State), 11-5
Quarterfinals - dec. by #4 Johnny Galloway (Northern Illinois), 3-1
Consolations - dec. Gitchel (Grand Valley State), 6-5
Consolations - injury def. by Bryan Harney (Michigan State)
Eliminated with a 3-2 record

165 pounds - Rob Sulaver
First Round - dec. by #3 Justin Nestor (Pittsburgh), 10-3
Consolations - dec. by Brian Baldridge (Ohio State), 11-4
Eliminated with a 0-2 record

165 pounds - Cody Waters
First Round - major dec. by #4 Johnny Galloway (Northern Illinois), 12-3
Consolations - pinned Daric Buttrick (New Hampshire), 3:08
Consolations - dec. by Luke Burkhardt (Ohio State), 4-2
Eliminated with a 1-2 record

174 pounds - Hassen Berri
First Round - dec. by Ardian Ramadani (Kent State), 11-4
Quarterfinals - pinned by Zachariah Doll (Pittsburgh), 1:24
Eliminated with a 0-2 record

174 pounds - #5 seed Tyrel Todd
First Round - dec. Steve Selcher (Pittsburgh), 5-2
Second Round - pinned Eric Chine (Kent State), 5:27
Quarterfinals - dec. by Christian Sinnott (Central Michigan), 7-4
Consolations - dec. Danny Burk (Northern Illinois), 3-1
Consolations - injury def. over Louis Socier (Central Michigan)
Consolations - major dec. #7 Andrew Lowther (Ohio State), 11-1
Third Place - dec. by #2 Zachariah Doll (Pittsburgh), 4-1
Finished fourth with a 5-2 record

197 pounds - Jon Mendis
First Round - Bye
Second Round - dec. by Dean (Muskegon CC), 6-1
Consolations - injury def. over Adam Wilmoth (Mott CC)
Consolations - pinned by Tim Breyer (Eastern Michigan), 3:50
Eliminated with a 1-2 record

197 pounds - Casey White
First Round - dec. by #2 Matt Delguyd (Northwestern), 5-3
Consolations - major dec. McClure (Central Michigan), 9-1
Consolations - dec. Tony Lyssiotis (Eastern Michigan), 7-0
Consolations - tech. fall Dean (Muskegon CC), 20-5
Consolations - dec. by #2 Matt Delguyd (Northwestern), 3-2
Seventh-place - dec. by #8 Ben Rings (Kent State), 6-2
Finish eighth with a 3-3 record

Heavyweight - Chris Anurak
First Round - Bye
Quarterfinals - dec. by Larry Langowski (Northwestern), 6-4
Consolations - dec. by Eric Chapman (Michigan State), 6- OT
Eliminated with 0-2 record

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