Michigan State Wrestling Signs Three to National Letters of Intent
Nov. 19, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State wrestling team and head coach Tom Minkel announced Monday that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the program for the 2013-14 season. Joining the Spartans will be Javier Gasca (Kingsburg, Calif./Kingsburg), Josh Pennell (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns), and Mitch Rogaliner (Temperance, Mich./Temperance Bedford).
"This is a really excellent group of young men and really fills some of our needs," Minkel said. "As we look to the future, we are really looking for young men who are outstanding wrestlers and also good students. In every case here, every one of these individuals fits that mold."
Below is a look at the accomplishments of each wrestler:
Javier Gasca - 133 pounds - Kingsburg, Calif./Kingsburg
Minkel on Gasca: "Javier is really one of the more gifted athletes that I've seen in the senior class this year. He is just enormously talented and you can tell he has exceptional athletic skills. He has really done a lot of his development on his own. He is clearly a young man that has unlimited potential; we think he will be a big time kid for us."
Josh Pennell - 141 pounds - St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns
Minkel on Pennell:"Josh has wrestled at St. Johns and done very well. He's part of the dominant high school program in the state of Michigan and actually one of the better high school programs in the country. He has really been a factor in that team's success. He is a 4.0 student with great test scores and is just an outstanding young man. We are excited to have him and he will join the St. Johns kids that we have here in Travis Curley and Jordan Wohlfert. He has a great work ethic, a great student, great kid and he lives nearby so it's a good fit."
Mitch Rogaliner - 125 pounds - Temperance, Mich./Temperance Bedford
Minkel on Rogaliner: "Mitch is a pretty phenomenal young man; he is a two-time state champion and has been a little bit under the radar. He has wrestled at 103 and 112 and we weren't really sure that he would be big enough to be a 125 pounder but he has lifted hard, worked hard and has grown. He is going to be a solid 125 and he might move into 133 at one point down the road. Another thing Mitch brings is that he is a really outstanding student and comes from a really strong academic background. He is the whole package and we are really excited to have him."
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