July 30, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich.- Michigan State wrestling senior David Cheza has been granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA and will be back in the starting lineup this upcoming season. Cheza lost one season to injury and also was redshirted his first year on campus.
During his junior year Cheza injured his shoulder following a dual match at Iowa on Dec. 4, 2010, and was forced to miss the remainder of the season. Along with his red-shirt year, he was left with only three years of competition.
Head coach Tom Minkel stressed how important it would be to have him back at the end of last season and that the staff was optimistic through the application process for another year of eligibility.
"Having him back will be huge for the team," Minkel said at the end of last season. "From a leadership standpoint and from his credentials, his ability to compete and do well, we just hope it all works out."
Cheza went 15-12 last season and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time in his career, his first at 165 pounds. He also qualified during his sophomore year at 149 pounds and made the jump up to 165 pounds to suit team needs last season. He was recognized with the "Perseverance Award" at the team banquet.
Cheza is expected to compete at either 157 or 165 pounds this upcoming year.