Nov. 13, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior heavyweight Michael McClure was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week as announced by the conference office on Tuesday, Nov. 13. This marks McClure's first wrestler of the week honor and is the first Spartan to be recognized since David Cheza on Jan. 26, 2010.
McClure, ranked No. 13 in the country, went 5-0 over the weekend, taking first place at the MSU Open and is 9-0 on the season. He also finished first at the EMU Open earlier this year.
In his first match of the MSU Open, McClure pinned unattached grappler Jory Hamilton in 0:57 and followed that up with 6-1 decisions over Olivet's Jake Ceslick and Lindsey Wilson's Theodore Furnish in the second round and third round respectively.
In the semifinals, he took down 19th-ranked Ernest James of Edinboro before topping No. 8 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio, 3-1 in overtime, to win the open.
The Spartans and McClure travel to take on Eastern Michigan on Friday, Nov. 16 to begin their dual season.