CLEVELAND -- Northern Illinois' Dave Potter and Eastern Michigan's Mike Feeney have been honored as the Pepsi Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week for the week of Feb 7.
A 184 lb. junior from St. Charles, Ill., Potter increased his record to 17-6 with a non-conference upset win against No. 13 ranked (InterMat) Kyle Hansen of Northern Iowa with a 4-2 decision. Potter scored a reversal with 1:51 left in the third period to take a 2-1 lead. He then scored the winning takedown with one second left remaining on the clock to break a 2-2 tie.
Feeney, a 174 lb. junior from Dublin, Ohio, , won his exhibition match at the 2000 NWCA All-Star Classic in East Lansing. Feeney, ranked ninth in the nation, defeated No. 16 William Hill of Michigan State 7-4 in the prestigious event, which pairs highly ranked wrestlers from around the country. Feeney led 5-1 after one period and improved to 26-5 on the season.
Other Nominees For This Week's Award:
Buffalo's Gary Cooper (165 lb., So., Adams, N.Y.) increased his record to 31-9 with a pin of Bucknell's Jason Von Volkenburg in 3:21. Cooper is tied for eighth place all-time for single season wins at UB.
Central Michigan's Jeremy Hardman (149 lb., Sr., Constantine, Mich.) improved to 18-10 with a 9-4 decision over Ohio's Aaron Cooper, the MAC's No. 2 ranked wrestler. Hardman has won five consecutive matches. and is 2-0 in the MAC.
Kent's Jim Swetter (Hwt., So., Brunswick, Ohio) scored two pins in matches against Aaron Conklin of West Liberty (5:57) and Dennis Maguire of Franklin and Marshall (1:44) to up his record to 19-5.
Ohio's Tim Courtad (Hwt, Sr., Aurora, Ohio) went 2-0 with wins over Cleveland State's Russ Davie (1-0) and Central Michigan's Jack Leffler (13-2). Courtad is ranked 13th in the country and is 19-1 overall and 4-0 in the MAC. He has won 13 straight matches since Dec. 11.
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
Jan. 25 - Josh States, Buffalo
Feb. 1 - Nick Magistrelli, Kent
Feb. 8 - Dave Potter, Northern Illinois and Mike Feeney, Eastern Michigan
MAC Wrestling Standings
School W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Central Michigan 3 0 0 1.000 6 4 1 .591
Kent State 3 0 0 1.000 11 1 1 .885
Ohio 3 1 0 .750 12 4 1 .735
Buffalo 2 2 0 .500 9 3 0 .750
Northern Illinois 1 4 0 .200 2 10 0 .167
Eastern Michigan 0 5 0 .000 1 10 0 .091