Nov. 24, 1997

MSU Wrestling Signs Two to National Letters of Intent

Prep stars include nation’s top recruit

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Two student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Michigan State next fall and wrestle for the Spartans.

Scott Owen (Carlsbad, N.M.) and Nik Fekete (Cranford, N.J.) are two top national wrestlers who should make impacts with the Spartans. Both are two-time Junior National All-Americans with impressive high school credentials.

“Any time you sign the nation’s best recruit, which Scott Owen is considered, it’s significant for your program,” head coach Tom Minkel said. “I know these two young men will help take us to the next level.”

Owen is a four-time undefeated New Mexico State Champion (eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th grades) for Carlsbad High School. He has posted a 93-0 record over four years with 77 falls and currently wrestles at 171 pounds. The 1995 Cadet (16 and under) National Freestyle Champion, he is also a 4.0 student who is close to earning his pilot’s license.

“Scott is the complete package,” Minkel said. “He has had an outstanding athletic career and an academic career to match. He is an exceptional young man and we are thrilled to have him.”

Fekete, who wrestles at 189 pounds, has compiled a 62-4 record at Cranford High School. He was the 1996 Cadet National Freestyle Champion as well as the Cadet National Greco-Roman Champion and Outstanding Wrestler.

“Nik is one of the nation’s best young big wrestlers,” Minkel said. “He is a very well-rounded person who is strong athletically and academically.”