Three Spartans NCAA Championships Bound
Redshirt sophomore 141-pounder finishes season with 21-10 record.
Redshirt sophomore 141-pounder begins action Thursday against top-seeded Dean Heil of Oklahoma State.
Javier Gasca draws top-seeded Dean Heil of Oklahoma State in the 141-pound bracket.
2016-17 (Junior) 27-10 Overall, 10-5 Duals, 17-5 Tournaments: Recipient of MSU’s Most Outstanding Wrestler and Most Falls Award ... entered season as MSU’s lone returning NCAA Championships qualifier … was second at the Big Ten Championships, the highest individual finish for a Spartan wrestler since Franklin Gomez won the Big Ten title in 2009 ... had a 27-10 overall ledger, posting a 10-5 duals record ... tallied his second-straight 20-win season, now with a career-high season win total after 21 wins last season ... had 12-match regular-season win streak snapped in loss to No. 11 Colton McCrystal of Nebraska on Dec. 3 ... opened season winning 17 of 21 matches ... ended regular-season with three-match win streak and carried it into the Big Ten Championships, winning first three matches for six-match win streak before being halted in B1G title match ... ranked in top 15 throughout the season ... led team in dual points (41), shared the team lead for both dual wins (10) and falls (8), while ranking second in wins (27),and tied for second in tech. falls (5) and tied for third in major decisions (3) ... won back-to-back opens, first the Eastern Michigan Open with a perfect 5-0 record, collecting two falls along the way, then the Michigan State Open also with a perfect 5-0 mark.
2015-16 (Sophomore) 21-10 Overall (5-0 at 133, 16-10 at 141), 9-2 Duals, 12-8 Open Tournaments: Led the team in wins (21), falls (7), dual wins (9) and dual points (37) ... in making first appearance at nationals, lost in the first round to top-seeded Dean Heil of Oklahoma State, 4-1, in the afternoon session. Heil, who won the Big 12 title and went on to win the NCAA title, used a takedown one minute into the match to secure a lead he would not relinquish, Gasca did manage to escape with 1:30 remaining in the first to cut his deficit to 2-1, but Heil added an escape early in the second and added riding time point ... ranked in the top 20 throughout the season ... went 9-2 in duals (7-2 Big Ten) . . . placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships (2-3 record) . . . reached the Big Ten semifinals but lost in final seconds to Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon, 6-5 . . . had a five-match Big Ten dual winning streak from Jan. 10 to Jan. 24 . . . defeated No. 14 Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State, 6-2, on Feb. 13 . . . won the MSU Open at 133 pounds with a 5-0 record, part of winning first seven matches . . . started the season at 133 pounds, but moved up to 141 for the Michigan dual on Dec. 10 and was in that weight class the rest of the season.
2014-15 (Redshirt freshman) 15-8 Overall (12-2 at 133, 3-6 at 141), 6-4 Duals, 8-1 Open Tournaments: Recipient of the team’s Most Exciting Wrestler Award ... Went 6-4 in dual meets (4-1 at 133, 2-3 at 141) ... Collected 24 dual-meet points for the Spartans ... His only losses at 133 pounds were to No. 2 Chris Dardanes of Minnesota and No. 8 Rossi Bruno of Michigan ... Had ranked wins at 133 pounds over Nick Soto of Chattanooga (ranked No. 13) and Earl Hall of Iowa State (ranked No. 4) ... Placed third at the MSU Open with a 4-1 record ... Went 3-0 at the Eastern Michigan Duals, including an 11-3 major decision over No. 13 Nick Soto of Chattanooga ... Defeated Iowa State’s Earl Hall, 5-3, in a dual against the Cyclones on Nov. 23 ... Went 4-0 to win the Northern Iowa Open on Dec. 13 ... Wrestled at 141 for the first time in the Michigan dual on Jan. 11, but battled a knee injury throughout the bout before dropping a narrow 10-8 decision to George Fisher ... Returned to action for the first time in nearly a month in the Nebraska dual at 141 pounds ... Went 2-0 on a road trip to Indiana and Purdue for his first wins in his new weight class, defeating IU’s Sean Brown by technical fall (15-0) and Purdue’s Nick Lawrence by decision (5-2) ... Competed in the Big Ten Championships for the first time and defeated Sean Brown of Indiana by major decision.
2013-14 (Redshirt) 21-7 Overall: Named co-recipient of MSU’s Outstanding Freshman Award ... Placed third at the MSU Open with a win over No. 14 Joe Roth of Central Michigan ... Placed fifth at the EMU Open, opened with a 4:09 fall against Zebulon Hillyon of Michigan ... Placed third at the Wisconsin Open with a fall (4:10) against Waubonsee’s Joey DeCarlo ... Placed second at the Reno Tournament with one major decision over Martin Ramirez of Adams State ... Placed second at the Purple Raider Open, included posting a fall (1:54) over Jake Norton of Gannon.
PREP: Won the 132-pound senior division at the National High School Coaches Association Tournament in April 2013 ... Finished his senior season with a 51-2 record ... Collected a four-year record of 161-19 in high school ... Named the No. 77 overall recruit in the nation according to Amateur Wrestling News and No. 7 at 132 pounds ... Placed third at the California State Championships at 132 pounds as a junior and senior ... Is a 2012 Five Counties Champion, 2012 Doc Buchanan Champion, placed second at the 2012 FLO Nationals, second at the 2012 SW Kickoff Classic, and eighth at 2012 Super 32.
PERSONAL: Psychology major ... son of Javier Gasca, Jr. and Linda Suarez.