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David Cheza
David Cheza

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Grand Blanc, Mich.

High School:
Grand Blanc

Weight:
157


03/27/2013

2012-13 Winter Academic All-Big Ten Selections Announced

Forty-eight Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.

03/22/2013

NCAA Championships Update: Session Three

Dan Osterman and Michael McClure were each eliminated on Friday.

03/20/2013

Four Spartans Head to 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships

Junior Michael McClure is the No. 8 seed at heavyweight.

03/07/2013

Spartans Head to Illinois for 2013 Big Ten Championships

Sophomore John Rizqallah is the No. 4 seed at 184 pounds.

03/04/2013

Big Ten Announces 2013 Wrestling Pre-Seeds

Illinois is hosting the Big Ten Championships set for March 9-10.

Cheza applied for a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA and was granted an additional year of eligibility due to multiple injuries.

2012-13 (Senior) 7-2 Overall, 7-2 Duals: Started off the season strong again winning in his first seven duals... Was ranked as high as No. 16 in the nation with his 6-0 start ... Finished the year with two major decisions with wins over Jacob Dorulla from Eastern Michigan 11-2 and Bucknell's Vincent Favia 12-2 ... Suffered a shoulder injury that ended his season ... Was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2011-12 (Senior) 15-12 Overall, 5-7 Duals, 10-5 Open Tournaments: Qualified for his second NCAA Championships and first at 165 pounds ... Started off his season by placing first at the MSU Open at 157 pounds ... Went 8-1 to start the season and had a 8-0 major decision over Seth Creasy of Lock Haven ... Finished 4-1 at the Reno Tournament of Champions and placed third at 165 pounds ... Went 4-2 in the first six duals of the season and beat Kyle Mosier of Purdue and Kyle Eason of West Virginia ... Defeated Ben Jordan of Wisconsin, 8-4, at the Big Ten Championships and placed eighth to qualify for the NCAA Championships ... Went 0-2 at the NCAA Championships, falling to Brandon Wright of Chattanooga and Corey Lear of Bucknell.

2010-11 (Junior) 6-4 Overall, 2-3 Duals, 4-1 Open Tournaments: Started off the season strong placing third in the Michigan State Open, winning four of five matches and defeating No. 19 Bryan Deutsch of Northern Illinois ... Was ranked as high as No. 14 in the nation and defeated No. 3 Justin Lister of Binghamton in the Sprawl and Brawl Nov. 21 ... Was forced to miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury following the Iowa dual on Dec. 4.

2009-10 (Sophomore) 25-15 Overall, 13-4 Duals, 8-6 Open Tournaments: Started every dual at 149 pounds, posting a 13-4 dual meet record ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships by placing sixth at the Big Ten Championships ... Lost to Boise State's Jason Chamberlain in the first round at NCAAs, but bounced back to pin Frank Gayeski of Liberty and defeat No. 10 seed Barrett Abel of UC Davis, 14-9, before getting pinned by fourth-seeded Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin ... After falling in the first round at the Big Ten Championships, beat Matt Coughlin of Indiana, 8-0, and Nicholas Bertucci of Purdue, 8-5, to qualify for the NCAAs ... Finished with a 2-3 record at the Big Ten Championships after losing in the fifth-place match ... Made his way to the finals of the 149-pound open division at the MSU Open, but lost a hard-fought 8-7 decision to Steve Zimmerman of Northern Illinois ... Went 2-1 in dual action at the Sprawl & Brawl with victories over Binghamton's Donnie Vinson and Northern Iowa's Charlie Ettlson ... Won nine consecutive duals from Nov. 22 to Jan. 29 ... Went 4-3 to place eighth at the prestigious Midlands Championships ... Defeated Brandon Loro of West Virginia (Maj. Dec. 11-0), which started a seven-match win streak going through the MSU Duals (3-0) and included dual victories against No. 18 Mario Mason of Minnesota, No. 20 Eric Terrazas of Illinois and Mark Boyer of Michigan ... Also defeated No. 14 Tony D'Alie of Central Michigan, 7-3 ... Beat Matt Coughlin of Indiana in the final dual of the season, 5-0.

2008-09 (RS Freshman) 16-23 Overall, 4-11 Duals, 12-12 Open Tournaments: Went 16-23 on the year at 149 pounds ... Took sixth in the freshman/sophomore division of the MSU Open ... Won five consecutive matches at the Midlands Championships, including back-to-back wins over No. 9 Mitch Mueller of Iowa State (Maj. Dec 8-0) and No. 19 Charlie Ettelson of Northern Iowa (Dec. 4-0), to take sixth place ... Earned his first career dual win over Kevin Christensen of Ohio (1/19) with a 7-1 decision ... Registered a 6-2 decision over Joe Grygelko of Minnesota (1/25) ... Pinned Greg Burke of No. 17 Wisconsin (1/30) in the final match (Fall 6:22) to give MSU a 25-17 win over the Badgers ... Defeated Michigan's Mark Beaudy with a 9-3 decision (2/8) ... Downed Indiana's Nick Walpole (Dec. 3-2) and Eric Terrazas of Illinois (Dec. 5-4) to take seventh at the Big Ten Championships.

2007-08 (Redshirt): Redshirted ... Wrestled in the 149-pound class, going 2-2 on the season ... Picked up both wins at the Cleveland State Open, defeating CSU's Tom Vlcek and John Carroll's Dan Mizener.

Prep: A three-time state place winner...Became a 2007 NHSCA All-American at 140 pounds with a fourth-place finish at the Senior Nationals...Was ranked eighth among all seniors in the nation in his weight class and No. 11 for all classes at 140 pounds.

Personal: Born 12/27/88 in Flint, Mich. ...Son of Dave Cheza ... Majoring in kinesiology and aspires to be a physical therapist.

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