Add to Calendar
Skip to main content Skip to footer
BUY TICKETS

Spartans Square Off With Badgers Friday In Regular-Season Finale

Feb. 16, 2017

Dual #16:
Michigan State (5-10, 1-7 B1G) at No. 18 Wisconsin (5-5, 3-5 B1G)
 Date | Time Friday, Feb. 17  |  8 p.m. ET
 Location Madison, Wis.  |  UW Field House
 Tickets $5 (adults)/$2 (youth/senior) | Wisconsin Wrestling Ticket Information
 Notes Michigan State  |  Wisconsin
 Statistics Michigan State  |  Wisconsin
 TV/Internet Coverage Live streamed on BTN Plus
 Social Media @wrestlingmsu width=  |  Facebook width= |   Instagram  width=


Michigan State wrestling (5-10, 1-7 B1G) wraps up regular-season action by squaring off with No. 18 Wisconsin (5-5, 3-5 B1G) on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET at the UW Field House.

Friday's battle between the Spartans and Badgers will be streamed on BTN Plus. In addition to being streamed on BTN Plus, Friday's match will have updates on Twitter at @wrestlingmsu.

Friday's match also completes three weeks of just a single match for the Spartans after having three-straight weekends of Friday-Sunday matches.

Michigan State enters Friday's regular-season finale with a 5-10 overall and 1-7 B1G ledger. In their last action, the Spartans edged in-state foe Eastern Michigan, 17-16, on Sunday, rallying from a 10-6 deficit by winning three of the last five bouts. Freshman Drew Hughes capped the win with a 5-0 win at 165 pounds in the 10th and final bout of the afternoon. MSU also got wins from sophomore Austin Eicher at 133 pounds, junior Javier Gasca at 141, sophomore Shwan Shadaia at 184 and sophomore Jacob Cooper at heavyweight. The non-conference victory for MSU over EMU came after dropping a 24-15 decision to No. 10 Michigan on Feb. 5 on MSU's Senior Day, honoring its three seniors, Mitch Rogaliner, Drew Barnes and Nick Trimble.

No. 18 Wisconsin is 5-5 overall and 3-5 in B1G action. All five of the Badgers' losses have come at the hands of top-15 teams, while four of the five were to top-10 teams and three were to top-five. In their last action, the Badgers topped Purdue, 22-12, on the road, then returned home to edge No. 14 Michigan, 19-18, holding off a late Wolverine rally. Friday's match against the Spartans' is the middle of a three-match stretch for Wisconsin against Michigan teams, as they faced Michigan last Sunday, Michigan State on Friday and then Central Michigan on Sunday.

LOTS OF NUMBERED OPPONENTS
Friday's match at No. 18 Wisconsin will be Michigan State's ninth ranked opponent in a dual this season, including five in the last seven outings against an opponent with a number ranking in front of it. The Spartans opened that stretch with No. 16 Central Michigan on Jan. 20, then at No. 12 Illinois on Jan. 27 and home vs. No. 11 Rutgers on Jan. 29, then No. 10 Michigan on Feb. 5. Overall, MSU has wrestled eight other ranked foes this season, starting with No. 7 Nebraska and No. 25 Princeton on Dec. 3, then facing No. 18 Minnesota on Dec. 9, then opened the 2017 portion of the schedule against No. 3 Iowa on Jan. 8.

FIVE SPARTANS IN NCAA COACHES' RPI
Michigan State had five wrestlers in the NCAA Coaches' RPI, released on Feb. 10. Freshman Drew Hughes was the highest ranked of the five, coming in at No. 14 at 165 pounds. Redshirt freshman Logan Griffin was No. 17 at 125 pounds, while redshirt junior Javier Gasca was No. 19 at 141 pounds. Redshirt junior Austin Eicher was No. 25 at 133 pounds and senior Nick Trimble was No. 30 at 149.

In the NCAA Coaches' Rankings, MSU had three wrestlers: Eicher No. 28 at 133, Gasca No. 23 at 141 and Hughes No. 25 at 165 pounds.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

The rankings released last Friday by the NCAA were the second of four coaches' panel rankings for the 2016-17 wrestling season and the first release of the RPI. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year's event is March 16-18 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

HOMEGROWN
Ten of the 12 wrestlers in Michigan State's probable starting lineup are homegrown from the state of Michigan ... Four of the Badgers' 12 wrestlers in their probable lineup are from Wisconsin ... Neither Michigan State nor Wisconsin have any wrestlers on their rosters from the other's home state.

SPARTANS TO WATCH
• Redshirt junior 141-pounder Javier Gasca is MSU's lone returning NCAA Championships qualifier ... is 23-7 this season, posting his second-straight 20-win season, now with a career-high season win total after 21 wins last season ... had a 15-match regular-season win streak snapped in loss to No. 11 Colton McCrystal of Nebraska on Dec. 3 ... Gasca has won 11 of last 16 as part of winning 31 of last 39 regular-season matches dating back to last season ... ranked No. 20 by TheOpenMat.com and No. 21 by Trackwrestling in only top 20 rankings ... leads team in wins (23), while ranking second in both dual wins (9) and dual points (35) along with third in technical falls (4) and tied for third in both falls (6) and major decisions (3) ... won back-to-back opens, first winning the Eastern Michigan Open with a perfect 5-0 record, collecting two falls along the way, then winning the Michigan State Open also with a perfect 5-0 mark ... now owns a career record of 58-24 ... placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships ... finished last season with a 21-10 record ... led Michigan State in wins (21), falls (7), dual wins (9) and dual points (37) last season ... last season began the year at 133 pounds and won the MSU Open on Nov. 15, 2015 ... moved up to 141 pounds for the Michigan dual on Dec. 10, 2015 and stayed there ever since.

• Freshman Drew Hughes has a 22-5 mark, winning 17 of last 21 matches ... won by shutout in 11 of his last 13 victories as part of 12 total shutouts, including winning on 1-0 rideouts in his two-straight wins ... ranked as high as No. 16 (TheOpenMat.com) as part of being in the top 25 in three different rankings ... second on the team in overall wins (22) along with topping team in dual wins (10), dual points (40) and technical falls (6) to go with second in falls (7) ... named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 20 for his performance in winning the 165-pound division of the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18 ... became the first MSU wrestler to earn the league's weekly plaudit since Michael McClure earned the accolade nearly six years to the day, on Dec. 18, 2012 ... capped off his steamroll to the finals with a 2-0 extra time upset of No. 12 Branson Ashworth of Wyoming, 2-0, which capped his shutout streak for the day, winning his four matches by an average of 13-0, including the first three all on technical falls ... in addition to winning the Reno Tournament of Champions, also won the Michigan State Open at 165, with two falls along the way ... had five-match win streak halted with 2-1 loss to Nebraska's Dustin Williams on Dec. 3 ... finished second at the EMU Open, losing an 8-4 decision to Logan Massa of Michigan in the final ... Got to the final with three falls on the day all under 1:45, finishing the day with a 4-1 mark.

• At 157 pounds, redshirt freshman Austin Thompson is 21-13, ranking third on the team in wins ... has won 11 of last 19 bouts and has posted three falls and four major decisions during that span ... also leads team in major decisions (6) and is fourth in dual wins (7), while also ranking fourth in dual points (25) and tied for fifth in technical falls (2) ... had a five-match win streak earlier this season.

• Redshirt senior 149-pounder Nick Trimble is 13-12 overall and 6-9 in duals so far, having stretch of facing ranked wrestlers in four of five bouts and has faced a ranked opponent in five of his last 10 bouts ... finished second at the Reno Tournament of Champions ... tied for third on team in major decisions (3) while ranking fifth in dual wins (6) and tied for fifth in dual points (20) ... has started all 15 duals this season, after started 17 of 18 dual meets in 2014-15, collecting 10 total wins, and now started 32 of last 33 eligible duals with 19 total wins ... posted wild win over UM's Malik Amine, who opened leads of 6-0 and 7-2 before Trimble stormed back to tie it at 8-8 and then tallied a late four-point near fall and the riding time point for a wild, 13-8 victory to cap his exciting and emotional Senior Day on Feb. 5 ... returned to lineup at 149 pounds this season after redshirting the 2015-16 season.

• Redshirt sophomore 133-pounder Austin Eicher transferred to MSU from Northern Illinois ... ranked No. 17 by Flo Wrestling in only top 25 ranking ... tied for third on team in major decisions (3), third on team in dual points (31) and third in dual wins (8) ... finished third at MSU Open ... won the Mid-American Conference Championship at 133 pounds last season as a redshirt freshman ... wrestled at the NCAA Championships ... finished the season with a 19-13 record ... defeated No. 25 Corey Keener of Central Michigan by 3-1 decision in sudden victory to become NIU's first MAC gold medalist since 2011.

• Redshirt freshman Logan Griffin has a 17-8 overall record at 125 pounds ... Has a 17-8 overall record and 5-4 in duals ... has started seven of last 10 duals ... has won three of last four as part of winning 10 of last 13 bouts after having four-match win streak halted with loss to No. 1 Thomas Gilman of Iowa on Jan. 8 ... second on team with four major decisions, as well as ranking tied for third in falls (6).

SPARTANS IN THE RANKINGS
• Junior Austin Eicher - 133 pounds
No. 17 by Flo Wrestling

• Junior Javier Gasca - 141 pounds
No. 20 by TheOpenMat.com
No. 21 by Trackwrestling

• Freshman Drew Hughes - 165 pounds
No. 16 by TheOpenMat.com
No. 20 by Amateur Wrestling News
No. 23 by Trackwrestling

THREE SPARTANS IN FIRST NCAA COACHES' RANKINGS
Michigan State had three wrestlers in the first NCAA Coaches' Rankings, released on Jan. 20. Redshirt junior Javier Gasca was No. 21 at 141 pounds, while freshman Drew Hughes was No. 22 at 165 pounds and redshirt junior Austin Eicher was No. 33 at 133 pounds. The rankings were the first of four this season.

The final coaches' panel rankings will be one part of the selection process in deciding the field for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which will take place March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

MSU'S HUGHES EARNS BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK PLAUDITS
Michigan State wrestler Drew Hughes was named the Big Ten Conference Wrestler of the Week for his performance on Dec. 20 in winning the 165-pound division of the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18.

Hughes, a freshman from Lowell, Indiana (Lowell HS), becomes the first Michigan State wrestler to earn the league's weekly plaudit since Michael McClure earned the accolade nearly six years to the day, on Dec. 18, 2012.

The Spartan freshman capped off his steamroll to the finals with a 2-0 extra time upset of No. 12 Branson Ashworth of Wyoming, 2-0. That win capped Hughes' shutout streak for the day, winning his four matches by an average of 13-0, including the first three all on technical falls. Hughes opened with a bye in the round of 32, then won by an 18-0 technical fall over Lucius Van Rensburg of Southwest Oregon. The Spartan won his next two bouts by identical 16-0 technical falls, first over Luke Wilson of Cal Poly in the quarters, then over Hestin Lamons of Oklahoma State in the semifinals to set up his finals match-up with Ashworth, who entered the bout with a 22-2 record on the season. After a scoreless seven minutes of regulation, Hughes scored his winning two points on a takedown with just five seconds remaining the first extra period.

QUICK LOOK AT OPPONENT
NO. 18 WISCONSIN (5-5, 3-5 B1G) - The 18th-ranked Badgers are 5-5 overall and 3-5 in B1G action ... All five of the Badgers' losses have come at the hands of top-15 teams, while four of the five were to top-10 teams and three were to top-five ... In their last action, the Badgers topped Purdue, 22-12, on the road, then returned home to edge No. 14 Michigan, 19-18, holding off a late Wolverine rally ... Friday's match against the Spartans' is the middle of a three-match stretch for Wisconsin against Michigan teams, as they faced Michigan last Sunday, Michigan State on Friday and then Central Michigan on Sunday ... The Badgers are led by senior Connor Medbery, who is the No. 2 ranked heavyweight, bringing an unbeaten, 20-0 record into Friday's match ... Senior Isaac Jordan is No. 3 at 165 pounds with a 19-2 record ... Wisconsin has two other wrestlers with 20 or more wins in junior 149-pounder Andrew Crone at 23-9 and junior Ricky Robertson at 197 pounds with a palindromic 21-12 record ... Ten of Wisconsin's 12 wrestlers in the probable lineup are ranked in the NCAA Coaches' Rankings, while eight are in the NCAA RPI Rankings ... Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis is in his 22nd official season at the leash of the Badgers' program as part of his 23rd season as part of the program as he was interim head coach during the 1993-94 season ... Davis has amassed a 221-159-11 ledger as the Badgers' head coach.

Wisconsin Projected Lineup (Year, Overall Record)
125: --/24/-- Johnny Jimenez (Jr., 12-8)
133: --/24/22 Eli Stickley (R-Fr., 18-15)
141: --/21/12 Cole Martin (R-Fr., 16-11)
149: --/22/11 Andrew Crone (R-Jr., 23-9)
157: --/27/-- TJ Ruschell (R-Sr., 13-5)
165: 3/3/2 Isaac Jordan (R-Sr., 19-2)
174: --/25/16 Ryan Christensen (R-So., 16-14) -OR- Seth Liegel (R-Jr., 0-0) -OR- Jared Scharenbrock (R-So., 8-8)
184: --/22/16 Hunter Ritter (R-Fr., 16-11)
197: --/13/9 Ricky Robertson (R-Jr., 21-12)
HWT: 2/2/1 Connor Medbery (R-Sr., 20-0)
Rankings = Intermat / NCAA Coaches / NCAA RPI

SERIES HISTORY
Spartans vs. Badgers - Michigan State is 17-27-2 all-time against Wisconsin ... Friday's meeting is the first match-up since Jan. 25, 2015, won by Wisconsin, 34-6 ... It is also the second-straight meeting between a ranked Badger squad, as Wisconsin was No. 17 in 2015 and are No. 18 this season ... The Badgers were the Spartans' Big Ten opener opponent in 2013 and 2014 before being their B1G and regular-season finale foe this season.

CHANDLER IN FIRST YEAR AS HEAD COACH
Michigan State head coach Roger Chandler is in his 20th season on the Spartan wrestling staff, but his first as head coach, taking over the reins of the MSU program from longtime head coach Tom Minkel, who directed the program since 1991, and retired following his 25th season at Michigan State in 2015-16.
Chandler is the ninth coach in the history of the program, which dates back to 1886 and has generated 25 NCAA Champions, 68 Big Ten Champions, eight Big Ten Championships and one NCAA Championship.
While on the Spartan coaching staff, Chandler has helped produce 10 different All-Americans and six Big Ten Champions for a total of 22 All-America selections and nine Big Ten individual titles during his time at Michigan State. He also coached three-time All-American Franklin Gomez, who won a national title in 2009 at 133 pounds. In addition, he handles a variety of administrative duties for the program. Chandler, who began his coaching career as an assistant at MSU in 1997, was promoted to associate head coach in 2011.

SPARTAN ASSISTANT COACHES
• Former Spartan All-American Chris Williams is in the first year of his second stint on the MSU staff as an assistant coach. Williams had served as the head wrestling coach at Adrian College since November 2014, where he restarted the program and led the Bulldogs in their first season of competition in 31 years in 2015-16. He previously was an assistant coach at Michigan State, along with Chandler, for eight seasons (2005-13).
• Former Central Michigan All-American and U.S. Senior Nationals Champion Wynn Michalak is in his first season as Spartans' assistant wrestling coach. One of the most successful wrestlers in Central Michigan history, Michalak was a four-time Mid-American Conference Champion (2005-08), three-time MAC Wrestler of the Year (2006-08), and a three-time NCAA All-American (2005, 2006, 2008), including a runner-up finish at 197 pounds in 2008. He won the 2015 U.S. Senior Nationals title at 97 kg/213 pounds on Dec. 19, 2015, in Las Vegas, and competed in the past two U.S. Olympic wrestling trials.

COACH CHANDLER SOUNDBITES
ON WHAT HE'S LOOKING FOR IN FINAL REGULAR-SEASON MATCH ...
"The thing that we've been telling our team this week was that they need to approach this match as if it's a postseason match, just to kind of get themselves in the mindset. This is what we strive and train for all year long, is for postseason competition, and we want to be as mentally and physically prepared as possible. This is the time of year that we're just trying to get everybody as healthy as possible, so they can be at peak performance. As it relates to the match against Wisconsin, we want our guys to go out there and treat it like it's the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. We want them to wrestle hard, as if it's their last match of the year."

ON WHAT SEEING EVERYTHING THE TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING ON ALL SEASON COMING INTO SHAPE ...
"From a technical standpoint, we ask our guys to get better every time they step on the mat, and we've seen that progression throughout the season. They've been more physical, they've attacked more, every time they've stepped onto the mat this year. My vision for this program is a team that's going to attack and look to score points; but at the same time, they've gotta be fundamental enough to give themselves opportunity to win matches. From a fundamental standpoint, we have to wrestle from good position, and that means matching the level of our opponent in our stance, so that we're in position to attack and score points."

ON FACING ANOTHER RANKED OPPONENT ...
"Most of our schedule this year has been against ranked opponents. So I don't think there is anymore emphasis on this duel than there is any other dual, because our guys have seen the best in the country up and down. We just have to go out there with the mindset that we're going to compete for seven minutes, and I've been saying that all year long."

ON WHAT IS SAYS ABOUT THE BIG TEN'S STRENGTH AS A CONFERENCE TO HAVE SO MANY AND SO HIGH RANKED TEAMS ...
"This is a premiere conference in the country, and this is what every kid out of high school strives to do. They strive to compete at the highest levels in our sport, and this is their opportunity to compete in the major leagues of wrestling."

ON MATCH-UP WITH WISCONSIN ...
"There's no doubt that Wisconsin is a very balanced team from top to bottom, and they have guys that are going to compete hard in all 10 weight classes. Their head coach, Barry Davis, always puts a great product on the mat, and you know you're going to have physical wrestling for every guy that steps out there."

MSU HAS 11 LETTERWINNERS, 18 NEWCOMERS IN 2016-17
Michigan State returns 11 returning letterwinners from last season. MSU has 18 newcomers, including 17 freshmen and one transfer, sophomore Austin Eicher, who won the Mid-American Conference Championship at 133 pounds last season at Northern Illinois.

NCAA TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANT GASCA RETURNS
Headlining the Spartans' 11 returners is junior Javier Gasca, who is MSU's lone returning NCAA Tournament qualifier from a year ago. Making his first appearance at nationals, Gasca lost in the first round to top-seeded Dean Heil of Oklahoma State, 4-1, in the afternoon session. Heil (29-1), who won the Big 12 title, used a takedown one minute into the match to secure a lead he would not relinquish. In the wrestleback bracket during the evening session, Gasca dropped a 7-3 decision to Princeton's Jordan Laster (23-13). Gasca, who placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships, closed the season with a 21-10 record. Gasca led Michigan State in wins (21), falls (7), dual wins (9) and dual points (37) last season.

LAST TIME OUT: Michigan State Edges In-State Foe Eagles, 17-16
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Michigan State wrestling clinched its fifth victory of the season, knocking off in-state foe Eastern Michigan on Senior Day at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti on Sunday, Feb. 12. In a thrilling, back-and-forth tilt, freshman Drew Hughes earned the Spartans' victory, 17-16, with a 5-0 decision.

"We preach all year about competing, and we did today at all of the weight classes," said head coach Roger Chandler. "I have been saying all week that this match would come down to bonus points, and give it to our guys, they wrestled for all seven minutes."

MSU has defeated the Eagles in four of the previous five meetings, and is 18-3 all-time against EMU. Four of the past seven contests have been decided by less than four points.

The 165-lb. bout concluded the match after the day started at 174 pounds. Entering the final matchup of the day, the Eagles (6-7, 2-5 MAC) had won the previous two bouts to take a 16-14 edge over Michigan State (5-10, 1-7 B1G). No. 25 Hughes, coming in winner of three of the past four, faced off against EMU's Devan Marry. After two scoreless periods, Hughes turned Marry to the mat for a four-point nearfall. With riding time in his favor, Hughes clinched the decision, 5-0.

"We told all of the guys in the locker room that we needed everyone to wrestle hard, but for Drew as a true freshman to have that kind of pressure on him, we rely a lot on him. He didn't freak out, kept competing and got the turn late," said Chandler.

No. 20 Javier Gasca gave the Spartans' their largest lead of the day at 14-10 with a 20-2 technical fall victory over No. 31 Kyle Springer at 141 pounds. Springer jumped ahead early with a takedown before Gasca wheeled off 20 unanswered points. Leading just 3-2 at the end of the first, the redshirt junior from Kingsburg, California, had three takedowns in the second that he converted into back points on each takedown.

"Javier always just keeps wrestling," Chandler said. "He got down early but then just took over and kept competing. He stepped up and really won the dual for us."

At 133-pounds, redshirt junior Austin Eicher pulled Michigan State to within one after trailing 10-6, claiming a 6-3 decision over Armando Torres. In the first, Torres connected on a shot to take Eicher to the mat and jump out to a 2-0 lead. Eicher regained his composure though, tallying an escape and takedown in the second. The final period was all Eicher, recording a second takedown and earning the riding time bonus.

Sophomore Jacob Cooper pulled off the biggest upset of the day for the Spartans, defeating No. 19 Gage Hutchison in sudden victory, 5-3. Cooper wasted no time taking a lead, connecting on a takedown for two points. Hutchison knotted the bout after a stalling call and an escape in the first. A second stalling call gave Hutchison a slight lead at the end of the second period. Cooper tied the bout to force overtime, then notched a takedown late in the first sudden victory. After an EMU challenge, the call was confirmed.

"I am proud of Jacob. We knew and have been telling him that he can compete with the best in the country," said Chandler. "For Jacob, it has been a mental hold back, but today he believed and got the win. I really hope that this will catapult him moving forward for the rest of the season and into the Big Ten Tournament."

Redshirt sophomore Shwan Shadaia notched Michigan State's first victory of the day, claiming a 3-1 decision at 184 pounds against Kayne MacCallum. Following a scoreless opening period, MacCallum scored first with an escape after starting on bottom. In the final frame, Shadaia started on bottom and escaped to tie the tilt before connecting on a late shot for a 3-1 victory.

"These guys have competed all year and to come out on the positive side of one of these big duals is huge," Chandler said. "It will be the same message next week - keep wrestling for seven minutes and the results will take care of themselves."

Sunday, Feb. 12 • Eastern Michigan Dual • Ypsilanti, Mich.
Michigan State 17, Eastern Michigan 16
125: No. 18 Noah Gonser (EMU) dec. Mitch Rogaliner (MSU), 4-2; EMU leads, 10-6
133: No. 28 Austin Eicher (MSU) dec. Armando Torres (EMU), 6-3; EMU leads, 10-9
141: No. 23 Javier Gasca (MSU) tech. fall No. 31 Kyle Springer (EMU), 20-2; MSU leads, 14-10
149: No. 28 Nick Barber (EMU) dec Nick Trimble (MSU), 3-1; MSU leads, 14-13
157: Zac Carson (EMU) dec. Austin Thompson (MSU), 8-5; EMU leads, 16-14
165: No. 25 Drew Hughes (MSU) dec. Devan Marry (EMU), 5-0; MSU wins, 17-16
174: Jacob Davis (EMU) dec. Drew Barnes (MSU), 7-4; EMU leads, 3-0
184: Shwan Shadaia (MSU) dec. Kayne MacCallum (EMU), 3-1; Tied, 3-3
197: Derek Hillman (EMU) maj. dec. Wesley Maskill (MSU), 11-0; EMU leads, 7-3
HWT: Jacob Cooper (MSU) dec. No. 19 Gage Hutchison (EMU), SV-1 5-3; EMU leads, 7-6

NEXT UP
Michigan State prepares for the Big Ten Championships, Friday and Saturday, March 4-5 in Bloomington, Ind., on the campus of the University of Indiana at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

NCAA NATIONAL CHAMP AND TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN GOMEZ IN THE HOUSE
Former NCAA National Champion and two-time Olympian Franklin Gomez was the MSU honorary captain for the Spartans' match against Michigan on Feb. 5. Gomez wrestled for Puerto Rico in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil and the 2012 London Olympics. He wrestled at Michigan State from 2005-10 and was the 133-pound National Champion in 2009, a two-time Big Ten Champion (2008, 2009), and a three-time All-American (2008, 2009, 2010). Other notable international finishes for Gomez include winning the 65 kg. freestyle weight class at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 60 kg. freestyle division at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games, and placing second in freestyle at 60 kg. at the 2011 World Wrestling championships. Gomez also earned the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario.

2017 SPARTAN SENIORS
The three-member 2017 Spartan Wrestling Senior Class is made of up Drew Barnes, Mitch Rogaliner and Nick Trimble.

Drew Barnes is a 174-pounder from Dexter, Michigan. He is the son of Darla and Lance Barnes. Barnes has been a Spartan for three seasons, including redshirting his first season after transferring to MSU from Alma College. He made his debut in the MSU lineup this season and has wrestled in five duals so far and has posted seven total victories this season. In the classroom, Drew earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last season, and will be graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in communications, and will be entering a career in sales and communications.

Mitch Rogaliner is a 125-pounder from Temperance, Michigan. He is the son of Deb and Doug Rogaliner. A three-year letterwinner, Rogaliner will be foregoing his final season to go to medical school. He is in his third season in the starting lineup and has wrestled in five duals so far this season and has 41 career wins, including winning seven of his last nine bouts. Rogaliner was named the team's co-recipient of the Tom Muir Most Improved Award in 2014-15 and also named co-recipient of MSU's Outstanding Freshman Award in 2014 and 2015. In the classroom, Rogaliner was an Academic All-Big Ten selection, and he will be graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology major, with a cognitive in Pre-Med, and two additional minors, and will be pursing a career as a pediatrician.

Nick Trimble is 149-pounder from Sparta, Michigan, and is the son of Tammy and Scott Trimble. He is a three-year letterwinner and is in fourth season in the starting lineup, returning to action after redshirting last season. He has 51 career wins and 13 duals wins. Trimble won the Edinboro Open last season and was second at the prestigious Reno Tournament of Champions this year. Trimble has started every dual this season, now having starting 32 of his last 33 eligible duals. He is the only current Spartan to compete in three Big Ten Championships. Trimble was named co-recipient of the team's Commitment Award as a junior and received the team's Tom Muir Most Improved Award as a sophomore. In the classroom, Trimble is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and is graduating in May with a degree in packaging, and recently accepted an internship with Coty, Inc., and will be moving to Raleigh, North Carolina this summer.




 

 

Partners & Sponsors