Spartans set multiple program records in Rout of Davidson

DAVIDSON, North Carolina – Michigan State’s struggle set several program records, including the most team points and largest margin of victory in school history on Friday, as the Spartans recorded a 52-0 result over the Davidson Wildcats inside the John M. Belk Arena.

MSU climbs to 1-0 after its biggest goal production in program history, topping a 51-0 outing against Cuyahoga Community College on Dec. 9, 1995. The 52-point margin of victory also tops the game against Cuyahoga CC for the highest margin score in the program’s history. Against Division I opponents, Michigan State’s 52-point outing Friday night broke the previous record of 47, totaled against Western Michigan on Jan. 19, 1982. In the loss, the Wildcats open the double season 0-1.

The Spartans bowled six on the night and picked up six more runs by forfeit in the heavyweight division, with second Nick West credited for the Wildcat default. Opening with a 6-0 lead already in hand, the Greens and Whites kicked things off with a dominant performance from the juniors Tristan Lujan at 125. The Selma, Calif., native posted a four-minute, 52-second drop over Devon Diaco who pulled MSU ahead 12-0.

No. 9 Rayvon Foley battled Jackson Sichelstiel in the fight at 133 pounds, recording an 18-3 technical fall at 6:32 to extend Michigan State’s lead to 17. A pair of pins by Jordan Hamdan on Matt McLaughlin at 141 and Peyton Omania against Noah Frack at 149 led to a 29-0 Spartan advantage. The points continued to rain down for the Greens and Whites as the duel progressed, with the No.18 Chase Saldate booking a major 9-1 decision over Mark Koch at 157 pounds. No. 32 Caleb Fish recorded a 2-1 decision over Jaden Hardrick in the 165-pound bout to put MSU ahead, 36-0.

Luke Daly saw the Spartans’ lead expand to 40 team points, as the second from Carbondale, Illinois completed their major 14-1 decision over Brett Sanderlin at 174. No. 20 Layne Malczewski posted the most dominant win of the night, pinning Oliver Tipton in just one minute and 53 seconds at 184 pounds. The final fight of the night featured No. 15 Cameron Caffey against Gavin Henry, and the MSU captain capped the night’s record with a pin at 2:59 that completed the result 52-0.

Eight of the 10 Spartans in the roster have recorded their first official wins of the 2022-23 season on an individual basis. Fresh off a fourth-place finish in the 141-pound weight class at the MSU Open, Hamdan’s record improves to 6-2 overall after his pin Friday night. Fish, a native of Eaton Rapids, Mich., climbs to 5-1 after taking third at the MSU Open at 165 and posting a decision over Davidson.


The Michigan State fight continues its journey through the Carolinas on Saturday, Nov. 12, as the Spartans take on the Presbyterian Blue Hose at 3:30 p.m. from Summerville High School in Charleston, South Carolina.

The head coach Roger Chandler

“It’s just a continuation of what we told our guys before the season: set the tone for your season, look to go out and score points and make a statement. Overall most of our guys did it tonight. They were looking to score points. They were attacking. All the points we scored came offensively, not defensively, which is great. The result of the duel was largely down to bonus points, and in the end, I give our guys a lot of credit for achieving that.”

Michigan State 52, Davidson 0
John M. Belk Arena – Davidson, North Carolina

285 | Nick West (MSU) by forfeit | USM 6-0
125 | Tristan Lujan (MSU) falls on Devon Diaco (DAV) 4:52 | USM 12-0
133 | #9 Rayvon Foley technology. fall on Jackson Sichelstiel (DAV) 18-3, 6:32 | USM 17-0
141 | Jordan Hamdan falling on Matt McLaughlin (DAV) 5:33 | USM 23-0
149 | Peyton Omania falling on Noah Frack (DAV) 2:22 | USM 29-0
157 | #18 Chase Saldate (MSU) major Dec. Mark Koch 9-1 | UMS 33-0
165 | #32 Caleb Fish (MSU) Dec. Jaden Hardrick (DAV) 2-1 | UMS 36-0
174 | Luke Daly (MSU) major Dec. Brett Sanderlin (DAV) 14-1 | MSU 40-0
184 | #20 Layne Malczewski (MSU) falls on Oliver Tipton (DAV) 1:53 | UMS 46-0
197 | #15 Cameron Caffey (MSU) falls on Gavin Henry (DAV) 2:59 | MSU 52-0


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