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Mike McClure Wins Heavyweight Division at Northern Iowa Open

Mike McClure took first place at the Northern Iowa Open on Saturday.

Dec. 14, 2013

Complete Results

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Six Spartans placed in the Northern Iowa Open on Saturday, including ninth-ranked Mike McClure, who won the heavyweight division with a 3-0 record. It marked McClure's fourth individual tournament victory of his career.

The fifth-year senior, who improved his record to 14-2 on the season, received a first-round bye before pinning Jon Scanlon of Iowa State in 2:05 in the second round. In the semifinals, McClure dominated UNI's Cody Krumweide with a 15-0 technical fall victory. McClure recorded a 12-1 major decision over Northern Iowa's Blaize Cabel in the championship match to claim first place.

Sophomore Brian Gibbs lost his first-round match but bounced back to five win straight to earn third-place honors at 141 pounds. Gibbs topped Peter Stewart of Iowa Western College in the third-place match, 7-6.

At 165 pounds, senior Bobby Nash won his first two matches by a combined score of 14-0, but he lost in the semifinals to Jordan Gagliano of Missouri by major decision, 11-2. Nash also lost his first bout in the consolation bracket; however, he bounced back with a pin in the fifth-place match, recording a fall against Casey Bartee of SIU-Edwardsville in 3:46.

Roger Wildmo placed fifth at 157 pounds with a 3-2 record, while Brenan Lyon (125) and Nick Kaczanowski (174) took sixth place in their respective weight classes.

The Michigan State wrestling team returns to action Dec. 29 for the Brute Invitational in Lock Haven, Pa.



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