John Rizqallah
John  Rizqallah

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Allegan, Mich.

High School:
Allegan

Weight:
184

Experience:
3L


04/22/2015

Wrestling Announces Award Winners at Team Banquet

Three-time NCAA qualifier John Rizqallah named recipient of Outstanding Wrestler Award.

03/20/2015

Rizqallah Closes Spartan Career at NCAA Championships

Rizqallah drops a 4-2 decision to fourth-seeded Jack Dechow of Old Dominion in the second consolation round.

03/19/2015

John Rizqallah Back in NCAA Championships For Third Straight Year

Rizqallah will face third-seeded Blake Stauffer of Arizona State in Thursday's first round.

03/19/2015

John Rizqallah: 'Wrestling has given me so much'

Three-year NCAA Championships qualifier ends his collegiate career in St. Louis this week.

03/19/2015

Rizqallah Advances at NCAA Championships

Rizqallah defeats Nick Fiegener of Cal Poly in the first consolation round Thursday night.

Updated Bio for NCAA Championships

QUICK HITS: Fifth-year senior captain was in the starting lineup for a third straight year . . . three-time NCAA qualifier (2013, 2014, 2015) . . . owns a 74-43 career record (33-21 duals) . . . named recipient of the team’s Collin-Mikles Leadership Award in 2014 . . . also named co-recipient of the team’s Most Exciting Wrestler Award in 2014 . . . placed seventh at the 2014 Big Ten Championships and went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships . . . won the Michigan Division 2 state championship at 189 pounds his senior year of high school.

2014-15 NOTES: Finished the regular season ranked No. 23 in the NCAA Division I Coaches Panel Rankings and No. 26 in the NCAA RPI rankings . . . led team with 10 dual wins (10-8, 3-6 Big Ten) . . . is also tied for team lead with 17 wins . . . ranked second on the team with 33 dual-meet points . . . owns a 17-12 overall record . . . placed fourth at the MSU Open . . . went 3-0 at the Eastern Michigan Duals . . . defeated No. 13 Domenic Abounader of Michigan, 4-3, in the dual against the Wolverines on Jan. 11 . . . shut out Eastern Michigan’s Mike Kirby, 3-0, in MSU’s dual win over the Eagles on Jan. 23 . . . went 2-0 on a road trip to Indiana and Purdue with wins over IU’s Matt Irick (4-0) and PU’s Patrick Kissel (6-4) . . . placed 10th at the Big Ten Championships to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships; pinned Mitch Sliga of Northwestern in 3:55 in the ninth-place semifinal match to secure his bid to St. Louis.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY: Is making his third appearance at the NCAA Championships . . . is 2-4 in two previous appearances . . . went 0-2 as a sophomore in 2013 in his first trip to the NCAA Championships . . . seeded 14th, went 2-4 last season as a junior in 2014, including wins over Lock Haven’s Fred Garcia (7-3) and Rider’s Clint Morrison (9-2); lost to semifinalist and third-place finisher Gabriel Dean of Cornell in the second round.

2013-14 (Junior) 22-12 Overall, 11-7 Duals, 7-1 Open Tournaments: Qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year . . . Ranked No. 12 in the RPI and No. 24 by the coaches . . . Tallied a 22-12 overall record (11-7 duals, 2-6 Big Ten) . . . Ranked second on the team with 11 dual wins . . . Named recipient of the team's Collin-Mikles Leadership Award . . . Also named co-recipient of the team's Most Exciting Wrestler Award . . . Entered the national rankings in January after going 4-0 and taking first place at the Cradle Gear Invitational on Dec. 29 in Lock Haven, Pa. . . . Defeated No. 15 Jackson Hein of Wisconsin in the dual against the Badgers on Dec. 8 . . . Nearly upset No. 3 Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa on Jan. 4 in Iowa City, but lost 4-2 after giving up the lead in the third period . . . Placed fourth at the MSU Open . . . Placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships going 2-2, including pulling off a 7-6 tie breaker against No. 13-ranked TJ Dudley of Nebraska . . . Went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships.

2012-13 (Sophomore) 23-12 Overall, 12-4 Duals, 10-4 Open Tournaments: Finished second in the EMU Open with a 3-1 record ... Competed at the MSU Open with a 2-2 record, finishing sixth ... Finished third at the Reno Tournament of Champions ... Defeated No. 11 Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa 6-3, and Michigan's Chris Heald 6-0 ... Went 1-2 in the Big Ten Championships with a victory over Purdue's Kyle Mosier 6-4 ... Appeared in the NCAA Championships for the first time, only one of four Spartans to do so ... Went 0-2 at NCAAs, falling to Mason Bailey of Navy and Ty Vinson of Oregon State.

2011-12 (RS Freshman) 12-7 Overall, 0-2 Duals, 12-5 Open Tournaments: Placed sixth at the EMU Open with a 3-3 record ... Took fifth place at the MSU Open with a 4-1 record ... Also placed fifth at the Nittany Lion Open with a 5-1 record ... Lost both duals on the season to ranked wrestlers, by fall to No. 5 Quentin Wright and a decision to No. 17 Matt Ryan.

2010-11 (Redshirt) 16-6 Overall: Went 16-6 overall and recorded three major decisions ... Placed third in the freshman/sophomore division of the Eastern Michigan Open with a 7-1 record; pinned Scott Stewart of Cumberland in just 30 seconds in the third-place match ... Claimed first place with a 4-0 record at the Purple Raider Open; defeated Londele Cox of Mercyhurst, 6-1, in the first-place match ... Went 4-1 to take second place at the National Collegiate Open.

PREP: Won the Michigan Division 2 state championship at 189 pounds his senior year ... Finished his senior year with an undefeated 65-0 record ... Helped Allegan finish state runner-up in the 2010 Division 2 team championships ... Was state runner-up his junior year at 171 pounds in Division 3 ... Helped Allegan win the Division 2 team state title in 2007.

PERSONAL: Son of Jerry and Angie Rizqallah ... Born Sept. 17, 1991 ... Political science major.