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Franklin Gomez
Franklin Gomez

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Brandon, Fla.

High School:
Brandon

Weight:
133


2008-09 (RS Junior) 27-2 Overall, 14-2 Duals, 13-0 Open Tournaments: Enters the 2009-10 campaign ranked as the No. 1 by InterMat at 133 pounds ... Went 27-2 on the year and won the National Championship and Big Ten Championship at 133 pounds ... Named Michigan State's George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year ... Earned spots on the NWCA All-Academic and Academic All-Big Ten teams ... Defeated Todd Schavrien of Missouri (Maj. Dec. 13-2), Filip Novachkov of Cal Poly (Dec. 8-3) and Hofstra's No. 8 Lou Ruggirello (Dec. 6-4) before downing fourth-seeded Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State (Dec. 6-3) in the national semifinal ... Defeated No. 2 seed Reece Humphrey of Ohio State, 5-4, to claim MSU's first individual national championship since Kelvin Jackson won the 118-pound title in 1995 ... Defeated No. 9 Jake Strayer of Penn State, 9-5, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Championships before downing OSU's Humphrey, 7-4, in overtime to earn his second conference title ... Began the season on a 12-match winning streak that included wins over No. 13 Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion (Dec. 10-3) in the MSU Open Championship and No. 13 Conor Beebe of CMU (Dec. 11-4) ... Won five straight matches heading into the Big Ten Championships, beginning with a 18-6 major decision over Michigan's Zac Stevens (2/8) ... Defeated No. 2 Jimmy Kennedy of Illinois (Dec. 9-7) on Feb. 22 in final dual meet of the season.

2007-08 (Sophomore): Finished the season with a 33-2 record in the 133-pound class ... Recorded one fall, four technical falls and nine major decisions ... Went 4-0 to claim the MSU Open title, defeating No. 3 Andrae Hernandez of Indiana in the finals ... Finished undefeated in dual matches, compiling a 17-0 record and outscoring his opponents 62-0 ... Won all three matches at the ACC-Big Ten Clash, including a 7-1 win over No. 9 Eric Albright of Virginia ... Finished 4-1 at the Midlands Championships to pick up a second-place finish ... Defeated No. 4 Nick Fanthorpe of Iowa State in the Midlands semifinals ... Finished the Big Ten season 8-0, defeating No. 2 Mack Reiter of Minnesota, No. 11 Zach Tanelli of Wisconsin, and No. 12 Andrae Hernandez in the process ... Posted 18-straight victories, spanning from Jan. 4 to the NCAA Quarterfinals on March 21 ... Defeated Hernandez, No. 4 Joey Slaton of Iowa, and No. 3 James Kennedy of Illinois on his way to the Big Ten Championship ... Ranked No. 1 in the country by InterMat after the Big Ten Championships ... Beat Northern Iowa's Josh Baldridge by a 12-3 major decision in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament ... Posted a 6-5 victory over No. 17 Reece Humphrey of Ohio State in the Round of 16 ... Defeated Minnesota's Reiter again, this time a 5-3 decision in the NCAA quarterfinals ... Fell to Iowa's Slaton in the NCAA semifinals, losing a 4-2 decision ... Defeated No. 4 Mike Gray of Cornell to earn a spot in the third-place match, and beat Illinois' Kennedy to clinch third.

Summer 2007: Won the Northeast Regional Championship to qualify for the U.S. Senior World Team Trials in June in Las Vegas, Nev. ...Went 1-2 at 60 kg (132 pounds)... Easily defeated Eric Metzler in his first-round match of the 60 kg Challenge Tournament, 4-0, 3-0...Lost to Shawn Bunch of the Gator Wrestling Club, 1-0, 4-3, in round two...Fell to Josh Keefe of Sunkist Kids, 0-2, 3-2, 3-0.

2006-07 (RS Freshman): Opened the season by going 5-0 to win the Eastern Michigan Open...went 5-0 to win the Michigan State Open, defeating No. 11 Obensen Blanc of Lock Haven, 5-1, in the finals...Won his first collegiate dual match, a 4-1 victory over Tyler Shinn of Oklahoma State in Stillwater...Went 5-1 to take second at the Penn State Open...In his first career home dual match, he registered an 18-0 technical fall victory over Missouri's John Olanowski...Compiled a 6-1 record to claim third-place at the Midlands Championships...Beat Luke Smith of Central Michigan in the third-place match at Midlands, 6-2...Defeated Smith for the second straight match in the CMU dual, this time a 14-2 major-decision victory...Pinned Brad Gentzle of Pitt in the first period (2:44) to open MSU's dual win over the Panthers...Handed No. 8 Gabe Flores of Illinois his first loss of the season with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory on Jan. 26...Recorded a technical fall victory over Ohio State's Will Livingston, 16-1...Tallied a major-decision win over Brandon Tucker in Purdue dual...Beat No. 10 Mark McKnight of Penn State for the first time in three tries with a 7-1 victory in the Feb. 18 dual.

2005-06 (Redshirt): Was named the team's most outstanding freshman...Redshirted, going 23-3 in open competitions with three tournament championships and three more tournament finals appearances...His only losses were twice to All-American teammate Nick Simmons, and once to NCAA Qualifier Mark McKnight of Penn State...Was runner-up at the MSU Open, Nittany Lion Open and EMU Open, while taking championships at the Cleveland State Open, Edinboro Open and Kent State Open...Registered 11 major decisions.

PREP: Completed the "triple crown" of high school wrestling in 2005, winning the high school national championship, the junior freestyle national championship and the junior Greco-Roman national championship...Ranked the top senior wrestler at 119 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News and WrestlingUSA magazine...2005 Florida state champion going 44-0...Also won the Ironman and Beast of the East tournaments in 2005...Took third at junior nationals, junior freestyle nationals and junior Greco-Roman nationals in 2004...A three-time high school All-American...Wrestled with Rocky Cozart in high school.

PERSONAL: Son of Magarita Matos...Born Aug. 5, 1986 in the Dominican Republic...A no-preference major.

GOMEZ'S CAREER RECORD
Season	Overall	Duals	Big Ten	Pins
2005-06*	23-3	0-0	0-0	2
2006-07	31-8	10-4	5-3	2
2007-08 33-2 17-0 8-0 1 Totals 64-10 27-4 13-3 3

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