Greg Johnson's will to succeed, perhaps even more than his sublime ability, is what moved him to become the first Big Ten wrestler to win three national championships and ultimately end up in the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Senior heavyweight Mike McClure defeated Indiana's Adam Chalfant, 3-2, in the fifth-place match Saturday afternoon in the fifth session of the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Center. McClure finishes the season with a 32-9 record and closes his career ranked 17th all-time in Michigan State history with 104 career wins and ninth with 24 falls.
After a career-best fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, senior heavyweight Mike McClure was awarded the seventh seed in this week's NCAA Championships and is set to face Pittsburgh's Patrick Tasser in Thursday's first round. Read about McClure's path to the NCAA Championships - and his good luck charm - in the latest feature on msuspartans.com.
Senior heavyweight Mike McClure and junior 184-pounder John Rizqallah will represent Michigan State at the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships Thursday-Saturday (March 20-22) in Oklahoma, City, Okla. All of the matches at the NCAA Championships will be streamed live on WatchESPN.com.
After more than a month away from Jenison Field House, the Michigan State wrestling team returns home to face No. 2 Minnesota Friday at 7 p.m. The match is being streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network and is available for purchase at msuspartans.com.
After nearly a month layoff from dual-meet competition, the Michigan State wrestling team returns to conference action to face third-ranked Iowa in Iowa City on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET. The match will be streamed live through the Big Ten Digital Network and is available for purchase at msuspartans.com and BTN.com.
The Michigan State wrestling team went 1-2 at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., on Saturday. The Spartans fell to Columbia, 16-15, and Rutgers, 21-18, but rallied to defeat North Carolina, 22-19. MSU is now 5-3 on the season.
The Michigan State wrestling team will play host to Eastern Michigan in the 2013-14 home opener on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in Jenison Field House. The Spartans enter the dual with a 3-1 record after last weekend's competition at the Eastern Michigan Duals. Watch Live (Big Ten Digital Network)
The Michigan State wrestling team opens the 2013-14 season this Saturday, Nov. 9 when it hosts the annual MSU Open at Jenison Field House. The Spartans, who return 18 letterwinners including 17 with starting experience, are looking forward to a promising season as the team features a blend of talented underclassmen and veteran leadership. | MSU Open Information
The Michigan State wrestling team will host the Green-White Wrestle-Offs on Friday, Nov. 1 at I.M. West, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All of the weight classes will be in action as the Spartans tune up for the upcoming regular season. Admission is free.
Michigan State head wrestling coach Tom Minkel has announced the hiring of Sam Wendland as assistant coach. Wendland, who was a two-time NCAA qualifier at Wyoming, joined the Spartan program as a volunteer assistant last season.
Michigan State wrestling will bring in the No. 16 recruiting class in the country in 2013 according to Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine. The class of Javier Gasca (Kingsburg, Calif.), Christian Pagdilao (Corona, Calif.), Josh Pennell (St. Johns, Mich.) and Mitch Rogaliner (Temperance, Mich.) will join the Spartans for the 2013-14 campaign.
The Michigan State Spartan wrestling team, led by head coach Tom Minkel, has been recognized for its achievement in the classroom by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). The Spartans earned All-Academic Team honors by ranking No. 17 in the NCAA with a cumulative team GPA of 3.087. Sophomore Ryan Watts has been named NWCA Individual All-Academic team.
The NCAA Championships kicked off Thursday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Arena with first-round matches. No. 8 seed Michael McClure and senior Dan Osterman each recorded victories for MSU, while Ryan Watts and John Rizqallah each dropped their first matches.
The Michigan State wrestling team heads to the NCAA Championships this weekend (March 21-23) in Des Moines, Iowa, at Wells Fargo Arena. Dan Osterman (149 pounds), Ryan Watts (157), John Rizqallah (184) and Michael McClure (HWT) will represent MSU at the NCAA Championships. McClure is the No. 8 seed at heavyweight.