EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State will host the 2018 Big Ten Conference Wrestling Championships at the Breslin Student Events Center on Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4.
"It's exciting anytime you can host an event of this caliber. Many say it's tougher than the NCAA Championships in many ways. It's great to promote and feature our sport on our own campus," MSU head coach Roger Chandler said. "I think the most exciting thing is that our guys get to be home, compete at home and compete in front of their own fans. In many ways, that gives them extra incentive as they move forward through the year."
This is the first time since 2007 that Michigan State has hosted the B1G Championships.
"It's been a long time since we've hosted, and I think it's great to feature our program at home on campus as we take our program in a new direction. We're excited about the gains we made last year and we look forward to building off that," Chandler said.
Michigan State hosts its regular-season matches at Jenison Field House, but will host the B1G Championships at the Breslin Center.
The Jack Breslin Student Events Center, one of the premier facilities in the country, opened in November of 1989.
The facility is named in honor of "Mr. MSU," Jack Breslin, who prior to his death in August of 1988, was a senior consultant to former MSU President Dr. John DiBaggio. Breslin was the captain and most valuable player of the 1945 football team. He also earned varsity letters in baseball and basketball and was the 1946 senior class president. He worked for the university for more than 30 years, serving since 1969 as vice president for administration and public affairs before retiring in 1986. The B1G Championships will give MSU the opportunity to show off the Breslin Center's new renovations, showcasing expanded concourses, new concession stands and a new ticket office.
Michigan State loses only three seniors from Chandler's first season at the helm of the MSU program. The Spartans' 10th-place finish at the Big Ten Championships was their highest since also placing 10th at the 2012 Championships. MSU's 38.5 points nearly matches its point total of the last three years combined of 44.5 after 10.5 points in 2016, 12.5 points in 2015 and 21.5 points in 2014. The 38.5 points is also the Spartans' highest point total since 41.5 in 2012, showing the signs of the program's progress in the first year under Chandler.