March 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior heavyweight Mike McClure defeated Indiana's Adam Chalfant, 3-2, in the fifth-place match Saturday afternoon in the fifth session of the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Center. McClure finishes the season with a 32-9 record and closes his career ranked 17th all-time in Michigan State history with 104 career wins and ninth with 24 falls.
McClure, who fell to the third-seeded Chalfant twice earlier this season, won when it mattered most in his final career match as a Spartan.
After a scoreless first period, Chalfant escaped to start the second, but McClure returned the favor to begin the third. In a match that appeared headed to overtime after few shots were attempted by either wrestler, McClure caught Chalfant out of position for a takedown with 40 seconds left. Although Chalfant escaped to cut the lead to 3-2, McClure held him off for the duration to clinch fifth place on the podium at tonight's All-America ceremony.
Earlier in session five, McClure, a No. 7 seed, lost a 1-0 decision to fifth-seeded Bobby Telford of Iowa in the consolation semifinals.
"We're enormously proud of Mike," said MSU head coach Tom Minkel. "He wrestled great all weekend. The depth at heavyweight this year is just incredible. For Mike not only to place fifth, but to do it in that weight class, I think is really a credit to his persistence and his ability to handle the ups and downs and find a way to get it done. To win in that fashion in his last match as a Spartan, against a quality opponent in Adam Chalfant, just capped a marvelous career."
McClure, who had already sealed All-America status with his two wins last night, is MSU's first All-American at heavyweight since Don Whipp in 1993. The Holland, Mich., native went 5-2 overall at the NCAA Championships.
"It's always a bittersweet feeling," Minkel said in seeing McClure's collegiate wrestling career conclude on Saturday. "You know how hard he's worked to get here, how much of his time he dedicated to wrestling, Michigan State, and representing our institution with class.
"In one way, you hate for it to end, because you know you won't see him every day, like I've been able to do for the last five years. But at the same time, it's the same feeling you have when your kids grow up, go to college and move on - you're always part of their lives, and you know you played a role in their development, not only as an athlete, but as a person. I know he'll make our program and Michigan State proud as he moves on with his life."