Spartan Wrestling Preps for Reno Tournament of Champions
Dec. 14, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State wrestling will travel to Reno, Nev., this weekend to compete in the 18th annual Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 16. It is the second straight season that the Spartans have opted to compete in Reno, giving them the opportunity to face competition outside of the Big Ten.
"There are a few good things that come out of the Reno Tournament, number one is we will see some teams that we don't normally see," head coach Tom Minkel said. "In the Midwest we tend to run into the same guys over and over. It will be a nice change and the tournament gives more guys a chance to compete and see where they are."
The event will feature wrestlers from the NAIA, NJCAA, Division II and Division I ranks. Eight Division I schools currently ranked in the Top 50 according to Intermat will compete in the tournament, as well as 21 individually ranked wrestlers.
Individual medals, as well as team trophies, will be presented following the end of the tournament. The top-six wrestlers in each weight class will place and an outstanding wrestler award will also be presented.
In the past MSU has competed in the Midlands Championships over the break but opted for the Reno Tournament because of the opportunity to face unfamiliar opponents and allows the team to spend more time with family.
"It's great to be able to be home with your family over the holidays and for our guys in particular," Minkel said. "When we go to Midlands they have to come back the night of the 26th and then make weight a couple days later. It's better for our team in a number of ways, allowing them to be home with their families a little longer over Christmas I think is very important."
MSU is back in action following the holiday break on Friday, Jan. 4 and will take on Purdue at Jenison Field House at 7 p.m. The Spartans also host both Bucknell and Lindsey Wilson on Sunday, Jan. 6.
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