McClure named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week
Junior Mike McClure grapples Theodore Furnish of Lindsey Wilson College on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Jenison Fieldhouse. The two were competing in the Michigan State Open wrestling tournament. James Ristau/The State News
After winning the heavyweight division at the Michigan State Open last Sunday, junior Michael McClure Big Ten Wrestler of the Week for the first time in his career.
He becomes the first Spartan to win the award since David Cheza won it in 2010.
Now ranked No. 13 in the country, McClure pinned his first round opponent, Jory Hamilton in less than a minute.
In rounds two and three, he wrestled to the same score of 6-1 against Olivet’s Jake Ceslick and Lindsey Wilson’s Theodore Furnish.
In the semifinals, McClure defeated Edinboro’s No. 19 Ernest James 4-2, then took down No. 8 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio to win the title.
The next time the Spartans hit the mat will be at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Eastern Michigan.