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WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK: Kilgore by MAC; Price by NAIA; Gadson by Big 12; Hillhouse by RMAC; Gingrich by Big Ten; Dong by ACC; Schiedel by CAA: Pokorny by NSIC



Kilgore named MAC Wrestler of the Week

Kent State’s 2011 national champion Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) added another award to his ever-growing pile Wednesday, when he was named Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season. Kilgore went 5-0 at the Virginia Duals with four pins and a forfeit.

None of Kilgore's opponents even made it to the third period this past weekend, including Arizona State’s Jake Meredith, who is No. 5 in this week’s Amateur Wrestling News Poll. Kilgore helped the Golden Flashes to dual wins over Arizona State, VMI and No. 25 Old Dominion. The Flashes' career-victory leader extended his NCAA winning streak to 46 matches and ran his season pin total to 11.

Now 27-0, Kilgore has 20 bonus-point victories this season. He has defeated three different opponents that are ranked in the Top 5 and has the highest pound-for-pound rating of any wrestler in the nation according to Takedown Wrestling.

In addition to his 162 career victories, Kilgore is closing in on the Golden Flashes’ career pins record. His 43 falls are just three shy of Kent State’s career leader Jim Swetter. The 2011 MAC Wrestler of the Year also carries a 56-match winning streak in dual meets.

Baker's Price claims NAIA national weekly honor

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Jarid Price of Baker (Kan.) has been named the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Price was selected based on his performances from Jan. 7 - 13.

Price, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., went 3-0 on the weekend, helping the Wildcats to a 1-2 record at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Springfield, Ill., on Jan. 12 - 13. The 184 pound senior opened the event with a pin of top-ranked Brian Block of Morningside (Iowa) to lead the 12th-ranked Baker squad to a 24-12 upset victory over the No. 7 Mustangs. Unranked Price continued his dominant performance with a 9-2 decision over No. 3 Thomas Buckman of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), before wrapping up the weekend with a pin of No. 12 Tuck VanMatre of Southern Oregon.

On the season, Price boasts a 12-8 overall record, including a 6-3 mark against NAIA opponents.

The next Wrestler of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 23. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.

Nominees: Garret Lambrecht, Morningside (Iowa); Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon; Eric Thompson, Grand View (Iowa); Kyle Soderblom, William Penn (Iowa); Anthonie Linares, Cumberlands (Ky.); Jake Ekster, Missouri Valley; Michael Nord, Jamestown (N.D.); Myles Mazurkiewicz, Great Falls (Mont.); Joe Cozart, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Cody Linton, Cumberland (Tenn.).

2012-13 Wrestlers of the Week
Week 1 (Jan. 9): Tyler Kacmarynski, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 2 (Jan. 16): Jarid Price, Baker (Kan.)

Iowa State's Gadson named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

AMES, Iowa - Redshirt sophomore Kyven Gadson has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season after going 2-0 over the weekend, helping Iowa State (4-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) pick-up two dual wins out east.

Gadson, who is slotted at No. 9 at 197 pounds in the latest InterMat poll, picked up his 12th and 13th victories of the season this past weekend. On Friday night in Piscataway, N.J., Gadson won a 15-6 major decision over Rutgers' Dan Seidenberg helping Iowa State to a 19-15 dual win over the Scarlet Knights.

On Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, Gadson was pitted against top ten foe, No. 7 Micah Burak of Penn. Gadson continued his winning ways picking up a 3-1 decision with an early takedown in the first overtime period. Burak is a returning All-American, as he finished 7th at the NCAA Championships last March. Gadson's win helped the Cyclones defeat the No. 20 Quakers 25-9. The victory over Burak is Gadson's third win over a ranked opponent this season.

The Waterloo, Iowa native's 13 wins on the year rank second on the team, trailing only No. 19 Michael Moreno who leads the team with 17 victories. Gadson sports the lone undefeated dual record for the Cyclones, as he is 6-0 in dual competition with three of those six wins coming by way of major decision.

Hillhouse earns second RMAC Wrestler of the Week award

For the second time this season, 125-pounder, Jesse Hillhouse (Sr., Casper, Wyo.), has been named the RMAC Wrestler of the Week. Hillhouse went 6-0 during the past week while recording a fall in each of the matches he wrestled in; he was also awarded two victories by forfeit.

The impressive week began with a forfeit against Adams State before traveling to Chadron State, where Hillhouse picked up his first of four falls during the week. The run continued through to the weekend at the Tracy Borah Duals, where Hillhouse went a perfect 4-0, capturing three wins on falls and another due to forfeit.

Hillhouse continues an impressive season that has seen him rise to the top of the rankings for Division II wrestlers at 125-pounds. He currently holds a 17-3 overall record that includes seven falls. In seven dual match opportunities Hillhouse holds a perfect record, with five falls.

Of his three losses this season, all of which have come against Division I competition.

Penn State’s Gingrich Collects Weekly Big Ten Wrestling Award
Unranked sophomore posts win over top-five opponent


Wrestler of the Week
Jon Gingrich, Penn State
Hwt – So. – Wingate, Pa. – Bald Eagle Area

· Earned a 5-3 decision over Michigan State’s fourth-ranked Michael McClure in Penn State’s win against the Spartans
· Holds a 12-4 record on the season with two wins over top-10 opponents
· Earns the first weekly award of his career
· Last Penn State Wrestler of the Week: Ed Ruth (Jan. 8, 2013)

2012-13 Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 6 Tony Dallago, Jr., ILL
Nov. 13 Michael McClure, Jr., MSU
Nov. 20 Matt McDonough, Sr., IOWA
Nov. 27 Daryl Thomas, Sr., ILL
Dec. 4 Logan Stieber, So., OSU
Dec. 11 Derek St. John, Jr., IOWA
Dec. 18 Michael McClure, Jr., MSU
Jan. 2 Robert Kokesh, So., NEB and Jason Welch, Sr., NU
Jan. 8 Ed Ruth, Jr., PSU
Jan. 15 Jon Gingrich, So., PSU

Virginia Tech's Jesse Dong named ACC Wrestler of the Week

* Senior breaks school dual wins record, leads Hokies to Virginia Duals title

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech 157-pound senior Jesse Dong has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after setting a school record for dual meet victories and leading the Hokies to their first Virginia Duals championship.

Dong broke the school record and joined the 100-victory club with a pin of Binghamton’s Jack McKeever, a 3-0 win over Kent State’s T.J. Keklak, a 7-0 shutout of Michael DePalma of 16th-ranked Edinboro and a 9-5 decision over Blaise Butler of 19th-ranked Virginia.

The Westerville, Ohio, wrestler’s efforts helped the 10th-ranked and second-seeded Hokies post four dual victories in the tournament and become the first Virginia school in the 33-year history of the Virginia Duals to win the National College Division of the event. Dong was also named the Virginia Tech Hardee's Star Of The Week for the second week in a row.

Binghamton’s Schiedel CAA Wrestler of the Week

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Nate Schiedel of Binghamton University is the Colonial Athletic Association Wrestler of the Week, for all competition January 8-14.

Schiedel, a senior 197 from Caledonia, NY (Caledonia Mumford), pinned both of his opponents at the Virginia Duals, from Virginia Tech and North Dakota State, sandwiched around a forfeit victory for a 3-0 weekend in Hampton.

Schiedel improved to 11-0 in duals, 18-2 overall and 109-30 for his career and is ranked sixth by InterMat, seventh by W.I.N. and eighth by Amateur Wrestling News.

St. Cloud State' s Andy Pokorny Named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

St. Cloud State University redshirt senior Andy Pokorny (Bennington, Neb./Bennington H.S.) has been selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 14. The nation's number two ranked wrestler at 133-pounds, Pokorny gained the honor thanks to his efforts at the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen DIvision II National Duals on Jan. 12-13 in Springfield, Ill.

Pokorny played a huge role in the Huskies' first place finish at the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen Division II National Duals. Pokorny was 2-0 in tournament action at 133-pounds for the Huskies.

In the team bracket quarterfinals, Pokorny scored an 8-5 victory over two-time defending NCAA champion and number one ranked Trevor Franklin of No. 5 Upper Iowa. The victory helped lead the Huskies to a 29-12 win over the Peacocks, who were picked as the number one team in the 2012-13 NSIC Preseason Coaches' Poll.

To cap his trip at the NWCA Duals, Pokorny scored a critical 14-3 major decision victory over Marty Carlson of Notre Dame College of Ohio. The extra points proved to be important as the Huskies went on to defeat #7 Notre Dame in the championship match by a score of 17-15.

In the most recent NCAA Division II national rankings, Pokorny was ranked #2 at 133-pounds behind UIU's Franklin. Pokorny currently owns an 11-1 record this season for the Huskies.

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