March 7, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State wrestling team stand in seventh place, with 51.5 points after two sessions of wrestling at the Big Ten Championships at Penn State University. Iowa stands in the top spot, accumulating 118.5 points, followed by Penn State (106.5) and Minnesota (98).
Senior Captain David Morgan was the only Spartan to advance to the finals, defeating Purdues Tim Dernlan 6-3. Morgan will face Scott Clough of Wisconsin for the 118-pound title, a crown that would be Morgans third straight.
Freshnman Pat McNamara lost to defending 126-pound champion Eric Jetton of Wisconsin, 6-5, and will take on Jason Betz of Penn State for third place.
At 134 pounds, junior Issac Miller was defeated by Minnesotas Troy Marr in the consolation quarterfinals and will wrestle in the seventh-place match Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Mike Castillo will also wrestle for seventh place, having lost to Northwesterns Malik Elloit in the 142-pound consolation bracket.
In the 158-pound bracket, junior Greg DeGrand defeated Bill Zeman of Illinois 6-1 in the consolation quarterfinals, and will face Minesotas Josh Holiday in the consolation semis on Sunday.
Sophomore Will Hill was pinned in the 167-pound semfinals by Mark Bybee of Northwestern, dropping into the third-place match on Sunday.
190-pounder Nick Muzashvili will wrestle in the consolation semi-finals on Sunday, defeating Joe Terrill of Wisconsin by a 10-3 score.
Freshman Matt Lamb was the final MSU grappler to wrestle Saturday evening, falling 10-3 to David Pierce of Purdue. Lamb will wrestle for seventh place Sunday.