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    2023 Round of 12 Finisher Saldate Enters the Portal

    More news on the portal front today as another high-profile wrestler from the Big Ten entered his name into the transfer portal. Chase Saldate, a four-time qualifier at 157 lbs for Michigan State, will exercise his options regarding his final year of eligibility. 

    The 2022-23 season was Saldate’s best as he finished fifth in the Big Ten and advanced to the NCAA Round of 12 after earning the 11th seed. 

    After four years at MSU, Saldate sports an 82-33 record. He recently went 25-8 at the 2024 NCAA Championships, losing a pair of 4-3 matches to Big Ten rivals. In the regular season, Saldate was seventh at the Midlands and a finalist at the Black Knight Invite. Saldate nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year when he pushed the eventual undefeated NCAA champion, Levi Haines, into tiebreakers. 

    Coming out of high school, Saldate was ranked #14 overall in the Class of 2020 after making a pair of California state finals - winning his senior season. Before his senior year, Saldate won a belt at the Super 32 and during the regular season, he was a champion at the Reno Tournament of Champions and the Doc Buchanan. 

    As always, we’ll monitor Saldate’s situation as he hunts for a new potential suitor.

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