Feb. 10, 1997

No. 15 MSU Closes Out Home Schedule; Spartans Drop Dual Meet to No. 3 Minnesota

Fri., Feb. 21 at Indiana 7:00 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Sat., Feb. 23 at Wisconsin 1:00 p.m., Madison, Wis.

The 15th-ranked Michigan State University wrestling team will close out their dual meet schedule on the road this weekend, taking on the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday at 7 p.m., before heading to Wisconsin for a 1 p.m. dual meet on Sunday.

Michigan State closed out the home portion of its schedule last weekend, dropping a 23-12 dual meet to the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers. In what is becoming an all-too-familiar pattern for Coach Tom Minkel's team, MSU was only able to get three victories in 10 matches. After No. 3 David Morgan (Jr., Ferndale) received a forfeit at 118 pounds, the Spartans were held scoreless until No. 3 Erich Harvey (Sr., Allegan) earned a 5-2 decision over Brandon Eggum at 177 pounds. In the premier matchup of the evening, Brian Picklo (Sr., Saginaw), ranked No. 4 at 190, defeated No. 3 Tim Hartung 2-1 in a double-overtime tie-breaker. The victory is Picklo's fifth this season over ranked opponents.

With his victory this weekend, Morgan improved his Big Ten record to a perfect 16-0 this season...After his defeat of Hartung, Picklo has now beaten five ranked opponents, including Nos. 1 and 3, both of whom were undefeated. His Big Ten record now stands at 13-1.

Selected Michigan State dual meets will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by PASS Sports this season. The next televised dual will be the Oklahoma dual, at 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.

The latest Amateur Wrestling News rankings are available on the Internet at http://www.intermatwrestle.com. Michigan State is No. 15 in the current (Feb. 12) team poll, while on the individual side Morgan is No. 3 at 118, Harvey No.3 at 177, and Picklo No. 4 at 190. In the Wrestling Institute Newsmagazine rankings, Morgan is No. 2, Harvey No. 4, and Picklo No. 5.