EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State wrestling’s 2017 Alumni Weekend will honor the 1967 National Champions in a weekend-long celebration on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30.
Events open with the Varsity S Club Social Friday afternoon at Noon, followed by a team and alumni social Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. at Reno’s East. Saturday’s festivities start with the Varsity S Club Tailgate & Recognition at Old College Field three hours before the MSU football game vs. Iowa, at which the 1967 national championship team will be honored.
“They’re the standard for Michigan State wrestling. Anytime we can bring back and recognize any Spartan team or program that has achieved what we all strive to achieve, I think it’s a great day in Spartan history,” current MSU head coach Roger Chandler said.
The 1967 Spartans, led by head coach Grady Peninger, were the first Big Ten team to win a national title in wrestling. Michigan State won the National Championship with 74 total points, 11 ahead of the second-place, Michigan.
Four Spartans: Don Behm at 130 pounds, Dale Anderson at 137, George Radman at 167 and Mike Bradley at 177, advanced to the final round of the NCAA Tournament, with Anderson and Radman both claiming NCAA titles.
“It’s something that we can all point to for the current guys within the program to be around greatness, listen to their stories. Every one of our student-athletes right now has visions and dreams of becoming NCAA Champions and All-Americans. When they’re around these guys and they come in and speak to them, it will be an opportunity for them to listen to their stories and how they got there,” Chandler said.