Dec. 30, 1996

Spartans Finish 8th at Midlands; Morgan Captures MSU's Lone Title

The Spartan wrestling team traveled to Evanston, Ill. for the 1996 Midlands Championships Dec. 28-29, and came away with an eighth-place finish with 73.50 points. All-American David Morgan (Sr., Saginaw) captured MSU's lone title at 118 pounds, defeating Jesse Whitmer of Iowa, 1-0.

Erich Harvey (Sr., Allegan) took second place in the 177-pound division, falling in the finals by a 3-2 decision. Brian Picklo (Sr., Saginaw) placed third in the 190-pound weight class to earn Michigan State's third top-three finish of the tournament.

Iowa captured the team championship at the event with 176.00 points, outdistancing second-place Edinboro by 80.50 points.