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Austin Eicher Feature: From Michigan Bad Boy To Spartan

By Jazzy Teen, MSU Athletic Communications Student Assistant, 12/07/16, 8:30PM EST

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Redshirt sophomore transfer’s journey brings him back home to Michigan

Once approval was granted by both schools, Eicher began working out with his new team in the later part of summer.

“I’ve meshed with the team pretty well and like everyone on the team a lot. It took a few weeks to get closer to the guys of course, but for the most part I knew most of my teammates from competing in high school,” said Eicher.

“The greatest transition as far as wrestling goes is that some of our practices are a little more intense in the stuff that we do – like lifting and such, but other than that everything has been pretty smooth.”

Adjusting to both a new team and faster-paced academics, Eicher has high hopes for his first season in the Big Ten.

“My ultimate goal is to be an NCAA champ and All-American. I made it to the NCAA Tournament last year, and I came up short going two and out at that tournament, but obviously this year is different being in a conference like the Big Ten,” said Eicher.

In addition to the change in competition, Eicher has enjoyed being closer to home.

“It’s pretty crazy that my family is so close now. They’ll be able to be at everything this year,” Eicher said.

Eicher is competing in the 133lb weight class during his first Spartan season. He is 10-5 so far this season, ranking second on the team with 10 dual points as well as leading the team with three major decisions. In is first action as a Spartan competing in Jenison Field House, Eicher finished third at the MSU Open on Nov. 20.

Eicher has helped the Spartans to 2-3 overall and 0-1 B1G record as MSU returns to the friendly confines of Jenison Field House for its first home dual meet of the season on Friday, Dec. 9, welcoming Minnesota to town for a Big Ten match. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on BTN Plus.

Once approval was granted by both schools, Eicher began working out with his new team in the later part of summer.

“I’ve meshed with the team pretty well and like everyone on the team a lot. It took a few weeks to get closer to the guys of course, but for the most part I knew most of my teammates from competing in high school,” said Eicher.

“The greatest transition as far as wrestling goes is that some of our practices are a little more intense in the stuff that we do – like lifting and such, but other than that everything has been pretty smooth.”

Adjusting to both a new team and faster-paced academics, Eicher has high hopes for his first season in the Big Ten.

“My ultimate goal is to be an NCAA champ and All-American. I made it to the NCAA Tournament last year, and I came up short going two and out at that tournament, but obviously this year is different being in a conference like the Big Ten,” said Eicher.

In addition to the change in competition, Eicher has enjoyed being closer to home.

“It’s pretty crazy that my family is so close now. They’ll be able to be at everything this year,” Eicher said.

Eicher is competing in the 133lb weight class during his first Spartan season. He is 10-5 so far this season, ranking second on the team with 10 dual points as well as leading the team with three major decisions. In is first action as a Spartan competing in Jenison Field House, Eicher finished third at the MSU Open on Nov. 20.

Eicher has helped the Spartans to 2-3 overall and 0-1 B1G record as MSU returns to the friendly confines of Jenison Field House for its first home dual meet of the season on Friday, Dec. 9, welcoming Minnesota to town for a Big Ten match. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on BTN Plus.