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.
Spartans win four matches against the Buckeyes.
2014-15 (Junior) 10-19 Overall, 4-13 Duals, 4-3 Open Tournaments: Named co-recipient of the team's Commitment Award . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second year in a row . . . Started 17 of 18 dual meets at 149 pounds (4-13 record, 1-7 Big Ten) . . . Placed third at the MSU Open (3-1 record) . . . Went 2-1 at the Eastern Michigan Duals . . . Defeated Ohio State's Randy Languis, 7-5 in sudden victory, in the dual against the Buckeyes on Jan. 16 ... Defeated Trey Heckadon of Grand View by technical fall at the UNI Open ... Made his third career appearance at the Big Ten Championships (2-3 record) and won two matches to take eighth place; missed automatically qualifying to the NCAA Championships by just one match (lost to Purdue's Brandon Nelsen, 9-3, in eighth-place match).
2013-14 (Sophomore) 22-13 Overall, 2-7 Duals, 18-4 Open Tournaments: Named recipient of the team's Tom Muir Most Improved Award . . . Posted a 22-13 overall record (2-7 duals, 1-6 Big Ten) . . . Entered the starting lineup for the Iowa dual on Jan. 4 . . . Recorded a 6-3 decision over Gage Pederson of Olivet College on Feb. 14; Pederson was ranked No. 7 in Division III . . . Defeated Eric Roach of Indiana, 6-5, for his first Big Ten dual win . . . Won the Cradle Gear Invitational in Lock Haven, Pa., with a 4-0 record . . . Took first place at the Wisconsin Open with a perfect 4-0 record . . . Placed second at the MSU Open and the Eastern Michigan Open . . . Posted a 2-1 decision over Brandon Nelsen of Purdue to go 1-2 in the Big Ten Championships . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2012-13 (Freshman) 6-23 Overall, 1-16 Duals, 5-5 Open Tournaments: Started in 17 duals as a true freshman at 141 pounds ... Posted a 6-23 overall record ... Took sixth in the freshman/sophomore division at the MSU Open with a 3-3 record ... Pinned Seth Schaner of Eastern Michigan in 6:01 in his first career dual match.
Prep: Placed fourth as a senior in 2012 in the Michigan Division 2 state championships at 140 pounds ... Won the 2011 Michigan Division 2 state title at 130 pounds with a 9-5 victory over previously unbeaten Jeff Jenkins of Tecumseh ... Finished his junior season in 2010-11 with a 51-1 record ... Ranked the No. 10 overall senior in the state of Michigan by MichiganGrappler.com ... Entered his senior season with a 146-12 career high school record ... Went a perfect 10-0 to earn a gold medal at the 2011 AAU Scholastic Disney Duals ... Named to the 2011 MichiganGrappler.com Dream Team (second team) ... As a sophomore, placed fourth in Division 2 at 125 pounds at the 2010 Michigan state championships ... Finished his sophomore season in 2009-10 with a 51-3 record ... As a freshman, took fourth place in Division 2 at 119 pounds ... Compiled a 44-8 record as a freshman in 2008-09 . . . Projected to wrestle at 141 pounds for the Spartans.
PERSONAL: Son of Scott and Tammy Trimble ... Born Oct. 11, 1993... Majoring in packaging.