MSU heavyweight Mike McClure teaches how to execute a double leg takedown. He walks through each step and shows what to look for from an opposing wrestler.
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This bittersweet adjective is one that MSU seniors have been using a lot lately when referring to the winter of their collegiate experience. The last semester, last class, last chance.
For Michigan State’s heavyweight, Mike McClure, his last season for MSU went out on a highlight. McClure finished the NCAA Championship with a fifth place finish and secured All-American honors over the weekend. McClure is the first Spartan All-American heavyweight since Don Whipp in 1993.
In the fourth podcast of Pinned Down, host Nick Carver recaps the Big Ten Wrestling Championships.
While the Spartans finished twelfth out of twelve teams in the field, two Spartan wrestlers placed at the tournament and earned NCAA Championship berths.
Over the weekend, the Spartan wrestling team competed at the Big Ten Championship in Madison, Wis. And while the team placed last with 21.5 points, there were bright spots for the men of Sparta.
Senior Bobby Nash, 165 pounds, placed ninth after his 7-3 victory over Purdue’s Pat Robinson. Junior John Rizqallah, 184 pounds, placed seventh thanks to a 4-2 decision over Indiana’s Luke Sheridan. Rizqallah also earned his second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships after his victory.
In any sport the regular season can be seen as a precursor for what is to come. This weekend at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. the Michigan State wrestling team looks to come out and show the Big Ten Championship exactly what they are made of.
The road will not be easy, much like the rest of the Spartans’ season, for the grapplers of Sparta.
A score like this one is a welcome sight to many Spartan wrestling fans after a tumultuous and arduous season.
Michigan State’s wrestling squad will wrap up the home season Friday against Olivet College at noon.
The Spartans (6-10 overall, 1-7 Big Ten) finished their Big Ten season on a high note with a victory in at Indiana (8-8-1, 0-3) last Sunday thanks to a huge win from Garth Yenter at 133 pounds.
Michigan State’s wrestling team got their first Big Ten victory in the last conference match of the year against the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday.
This is was a huge win for the Spartans and head coach Tom Minkel who have strived for their first Big Ten victory all year. Both squads were searching for the elusive Big Ten win going into the dual.
Michigan State’s wrestling team looks to close out the Big Ten dual season on a high note this weekend.
The Spartans (5-9, 0-6) will go up against No. 13 Ohio State (8-4, 3-4) on Friday and Indiana (8-8-1, 0-3) on Sunday. The Friday dual is being hosted by OSU at Massillon Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio at 7 p.m. On Sunday, MSU heads to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Hoosiers at 2 p.m.
It was a difficult Friday night in East Lansing. The Michigan State Spartan wrestling team went up against the top-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions and hoped for a different result than last week with No. 15 Illinois at home.
They got a different result, just not the one they were looking for.
Michigan State’s wrestling team (5-8 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) play host to the No. 1 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (11-0, 5-0) on Friday.
The Spartans are coming off a home loss to No. 15 Illinois on Sunday and are looking to gain their first victory in the Big Ten.
Michigan State’s wrestling team came into this weekend with two matches versus two top squads.
On Friday, the Spartans ventured into the hostile territory of Ann Arbor, Mich. and faced off against the No. 12 Wolverines of the University of Michigan. The Spartans ended up losing the match by a score of 26-6, however they got two notable victories at 197 and 285 pounds.
It was a jam-packed weekend for the Michigan State wrestling team. In episode No. 2 of Pinned Down, host Nick Carver talks with Spartan heavyweight Mike McClure about his recent victory over former No. 1 ranked Adam Coon of Michigan
Carver also recaps the weekend matchups with the the No. 15 Wolverines on the road Friday and the No. 12 Fighting Illini at home on Sunday. Later, he previews the upcoming meet versus Penn State on Friday at Jenison Field House in East Lansing.
The Spartan wrestling team kicks off a busy weekend with matches against No. 12 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by a home dual Sunday against No. 15 Illinois.
The Spartans (5-6, 0-3) are coming off a home loss to then No. 2 Minnesota last Friday. Michigan (7-2, 3-0) upset the Gophers in Ann Arbor, 19-14, last Sunday.
The Michigan State wrestling team came into Jenison Field House after almost a month-long rest looking to put a 41-0 shutout by Iowa behind them. The Spartans came into the meet versus the No.2 Minnesota Golden Gophers, hoping for a different result this time. Unfortunately, the Gophers had a different idea.
Michigan State’s wrestling team, fresh off a victory at the Cradle Gear Invitational in Lock Haven, Pa. on December 29, went into Carver-Hawkeye Arena with some lofty expectations on Saturday. Unfortunately, the third-ranked Hawkeyes had other plans for the men of Sparta as Michigan State fell 41-0.
Michigan State’s wrestling squad got a late Christmas present by winning the Cradle Gear Invitational by a 19-point margin. They surpsassed second-place Bloomsburg University, who had a scoring total of 86 points.