MSU wrestling concludes season with team banquet
The MSU wrestling team held its 2016-17 team banquet as the Spartans concluded their season.
Junior Javier Gasca earned MSU’s Outstanding Wrestler Award at the annual banquet, which was held at the Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe in East Lansing.
“It was good evening to recognize all the commitment, effort and sacrifice that each of these young men gave to Spartan wrestling this season,” MSU head coach Robert Chandler said in a press release from MSU Athletic Communications. “They have a lot to be proud of as each one of them have elevated this program as we to strive for national respectability. Everyone from the student-athletes, coaches and support staff understands what we are trying to accomplish. This was a year where we took a considerable step forward and there is much to be optimistic about in these young men.”
Seniors Drew Barnes, Mitch Rogaliner and Nick Trimble were all recognized for their commitment and dedication to the Spartan wrestling program in addition to the team awards.
NCAA Championships qualifiers Gasca, sophomore Austin Eicher and freshman Drew Hughes represented MSU at the 2017 NCAA Wrestling National Championships in St. Louis last month and were also honored Thursday.
Gasca, who is a two-time NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds, finished his junior campaign with an overall record of 27-9 and was first in the team in dual points with 41, tied for first in dual wins and was second on the team in wins.
Trimble was MSU’s Collins-Mikles Leadership Award recipient.
Trimble ended the season with 14 wins, finishing his Spartan career with 52 victories. The Spartan senior finished second at the Reno Tournament of Champions and fifth at the MSU Open.
Former walk-on transfer from Alma College Barnes received the Tom Muir Most Improved Award.
Barnes earned a regular spot in the Spartans’ starting lineup this season and recorded nine wins at 174 pounds. He was also tied for sixth on the team with five falls.
With a 3.61 cumulative grade-point average, Rogaliner was the recipient of MSU’s Grady Peninger Scholastic Achievement Award.
Rogaliner will be foregoing his senior season to go to medical school with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.
With all three of the Spartans’ NCAA qualifiers — Hughes, Gasca and Eicher — slated to return to next season and the signs of progress in Chandler’s first year as head coach, the MSU wrestling team has generated plenty of confidence heading into next season.
Here is the complete list of the award winners honored Thursday:
Collins-Mikles Leadership Award
Tom Muir Most Improved Award
Grady Peninger Scholastic Achievement Award
Outstanding Freshman Award
Outstanding Redshirt Award
Most Falls Award
Javier Gasca and Alex Hrisopoulos, both logged eight falls this season