MSU downs Wildcats, 19-15, Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House.
Three-time NCAA qualifier John Rizqallah named recipient of Outstanding Wrestler Award.
Sixty-eight Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Joe Johnson is one of seven student-athletes in the Big Ten Conference (winter sports) to have a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average.
2014-15 (Junior) 4-5 Overall, 0-0 Duals, 4-5 Open Tournaments: Defeated Zebulan Beam of Ashland by major decision at the EMU Open . . . Finished in sixth place at the Purple Raider Open with a technical fall victory against DJ Meyers and Al Caserta of Akron (Fall, 2:14) . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar . . . One of seven Big Ten student-athletes to be recognized with a 4.0 GPA . . . Recipient of the team's Grady Peninger Scholastic Achievement Award . . . Recognized as wrestling's Scholar-Athlete Award winner at the SASS Academic Excellence Gala (highest cumulative GPA on the team).
2013-14 (Sophomore) 4-5 Overall, 2-3 Duals, 2-2 Open Tournaments: Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar . . . Was one of 10 Big Ten student-athletes to be recognized with a 4.0 GPA among winter sports . . . Presented with the Scholar-Athlete Award for wrestling at the Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Gala (highest GPA on the team) . . . Winner of the Grady Peninger Scholastic Achievement Award . . . Went 2-2 at the MSU Open by opening the season with a fall (5:45) by Mitchel Porter of Lake Erie College . . . Started in five duals to go 2-3 in the season . . . Season was cut short due to an injury.
2012-13 (Freshman) 10-8 Overall, 10-8 Open Tournaments: Finished the MSU Open with a 2-1 record . . . Competed at the Cleveland State Open with a 2-2 record . . . Finished 2-2 at the Storm Open . . . Competed in the Purple Raider Open with a record of 4-1, including two victories over archrival Michigan, recording a fall on Cody VanderHagen and 4-1 victory over Thomas Brosnahan . . . Finished the season at the Edinboro Open.
2011-12 (Redshirt) 15-12 Overall: Competed at 141 pounds and went 15-12 in open competition . . . Went 2-2 at the EMU Open . . . Finished 3-2 at the MSU Open . . . Had a 2-2 record at the Harris Open . . . Went 2-2 at the CSU Open . . . Placed fifth at the Purple Raider Open and finished 5-2 ... Had a 1-2 record at the Alma Open.
PREP: Finished runner-up at 135 pounds in Division 2 as a senior in 2011 at with a 57-2 record . . . Ranked No. 4 in the final MichiganGrappler.com 2011 Power Rankings (all divisions) at 135 pounds . . . Honorable mention Dream Team selection at 135 pounds by MichiganGrappler.com . . . Ranked the No. 22 senior recruit in the MichiganGrappler.com class of 2011 rankings . . . Placed fourth at 135 pounds in Division 2 as a junior in 2010 with a 57-3 mark.
PERSONAL: Finance major.