Cleveland, Ohio-- (Jan. 18) Ohio University junior John Wervey has been honored as the Pepsi Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week for the week of Jan. 18.
A 165 lb. wrestler from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Wervey went 2-0 on the week. His first win was a 3-1 decision over Buffalo's Gary Cooper, the league's #1 ranked wrestler at 165 lb. with a 19-4 record. Wervey also captured a 2-1 decision over Yanni Diamond of the 10th-ranked Edinboro team in a 19-18 Bobcat loss. Wervey improved his record to 9-6.
Other Nominees For This Week's Award:
Buffalo's Jake Partlow (157, Sr., Kennonsburg, Ohio) went 2-1 over the weekend, including an overtime win against Clarion to set up the Bulls' 18-17 victory. He also won 10-4 over Ohio's Tom Seryak and lost to Edinboro's Ben Boyer, the nation's 13th ranked wrestler, to improve to 15-7.
Central Michigan's Ryan Cunningham (174, Sr., Middleton, Mich.) ranked fifth in the nation, beat the nation's seventh ranked wrestler, All-American Mike Feeney from Eastern Michigan, 4-1, and also pinned Michigan's Charles Martell in 5:34. Cunningham increased his record to 13-3.
Kent's Anthony Ralph (157, So., Walton Hills, Ohio) beat Cleveland State's Brandon Gibes, 4-1, to tie the match at 15-15 (the final score) after Kent had lost three of the previous four individual matches. Ralph upped his season record to 9-2.
Northern Illinois' Tom LeCuyer (141, Sr., Plano, Ill.) went 2-0 with an 18-2
technical fall versus Nick Scacco of Northwestern and a 5-4 decision against
Grant Hoerr of Wisconsin. Both LeCuyer and Hoerr were ranked honorable
mention last week by InterMat. LeCuyer improved to 13-6 overall (7-6 at 141
lb. and 6-1 at 149 lb.).
1999-2000 MAC Wrestlers of the Week
Dec. 7 - Ryan Cunningham, Central Michigan
Dec. 14 - Brian Baughman, Kent
Dec. 21 - Chris Vike, Central Michigan
Jan. 5 - Jon Lovrich, Northern Illinois
Jan. 11 - Tom LeCuyer, Northern Illinois
Jan. 18 - John Wervey, Ohio