March 22, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Dan Osterman and Michael McClure were each eliminated in session three of the NCAA Championships on Friday evening. Senior Dan Osterman lost his consolation match at 149 pounds to No. 3 seed Donald Vinson of Binghamton, 7-2. McClure won his first match in session three but lost by fall in his next match to Matthew Gibson of Iowa State, ending Michigan State's run in Des Moines.
"Our kids gave us everything they had and really wrestled hard," head coach Tom Minkel said. "We gained a lot of experience in Ryan, Mike and John will be back. This experience will be invaluable in helping move our team to another level."
It was the third straight trip to the NCAAs for Osterman, he finished his career with 92 overall victories wrestling for Michigan State. He also had his best finish at the Big Ten Championships this season, placing fifth.
"Danny gives you everything he has," Minkel said. "He ran into a difficult draw and faced the No. 3 seed in the consolation bracket. He couldn't have had a tougher draw and yet he was competitive in all of his matches. He has given us everything he had in his four years here."
McClure came into the championships as the No. 8 seed and ended his junior season with 34 victories overall.
"The sky is the limit for him," Minkel said of McClure. "He went from relative obscurity to one of the top heavyweights in the country all year. He had a marvelous season. The bottom line is he got a lot of great experience and wrestled a lot of good matches. There is no question he will again be one of the best in the country again next season.
Three of the four qualifiers from this season will return for the Spartans next year.
"Ryan may not have had the chance if not for the injury to David Cheza," Minkel said. "He went from not being in the lineup, to being our starter and having a great season. But not only that, going to the NCAAs and that is great experience for him. John also had a great season and gained a tremendous amount of experience at the championships. Both of them will be back and they know the hard work and dedication it takes to get back here."