Jan. 12, 1997
No.1 Hawkeyes Too Much for Spartans; Morgan, Harvey, Picklo Get Wins
MSU was led by David Morgan, Erich Harvey, and Brian Picklo who each had wins against All-Americans but they weren't enough as the team fell to Iowa 26-10. Iowa's experience proved to be the key as MSU had 4 underclassmen in their first five weight classes.
"They're loaded. They're the standard in college wrestling," said MSU coach Tom Minkel about the top-ranked Hawkeyes. "And we're rebuilding in some ways with a pretty young team. But I was happy with our effort. We didn't back down."
MSU now faces #4 Penn State who brings 6 nationally ranked wrestlers into Jenison Field House on Saturday. PSU's toughest wrestler is 17-0 heavyweight Kerry McCoy.
"Penn State has had some of the top recruiting classes the last few years," said Minkel. "And now those kids are starting to mature."
RESULTS 118 Morgan (MSU) d. Whitmer, 19-7 126 Mena (Iowa) d. Nusbaum 14-6 134 Ironside (Iowa) d. Miller, 12-3 142 Gilliss (Iowa) d. Hakim, 5-3 150 McIlravy (Iowa) d. Elderkin, 18-2 158 Williams (Iowa) d. DeGrand, 7-3 167 Uker (Iowa) d. Conte, 12-4 177 Harvey (MSU) d. Ersland, 7-1 190 Picklo (MSU) d. Fullhart, 3-2 HWT Hand (Iowa) d. Sanchez, 12-6