MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
MAC Wrestler of the Week
Cooper Moore, Northern Iowa, Freshman, Jackson, Minn.
Northern Iowa redshirt freshman Cooper Moore beat out nationally ranked Steven Monk of North Dakota State to win the 165-pound championship at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open in Moorhead, Minn. Monk is currently ranked fifth by Amateur Wrestling News and third by Intermat. Monk was the fifth seed at the NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships last season, finishing one round shy of being an All-American.
Moore earned his title in his first competition of the season. He competed unattached at open tournaments, posting an 18-3 record, with five pins, one tech fall and five major decisions. As a prep athlete, he was a two-time state champion in Minnesota and notched 141 pins. Moore starts the season undefeated, with a 4-0 record, with one pin and one major decision.
Corey Keener, Central Michigan—Freshman, Schuylkill, Pa., (Blue Mountain High School)
Central Michigan redshirt freshman Corey Keener continued his hot start to the 2013 season with three victories last week, including an upset of No. 12 Jade Rauser of Utah Valley. The unranked Keener started his week with a dominant 8-4 decision over Rauser before a pair of wins at the Eastern Michigan duals. Keener used three takedowns and did not allow a takedown versus Rauser for the 8-4 decision. He defeated Kevin Devoy of Drexel by a 5-3 decision and capped his weekend with a 13-4 major decision over No. 11 Oregon State’s Pat Rollins. Keener is now 7-1 in his debut season with the Chippewas.
Vincent Pizzuto, Eastern Michigan—Sophomore, North Jackson, Ohio (Jackson Milton High School)
Eastern Michigan sophomore Vincent Pizzuto had a perfect 3-0 weekend at the Eastern Michigan Duals as he helped the Eagles to a 4-0 record, defeating Tiffin (45-4), Gardner-Webb (35-3), Drexel (27-6) and Clarion (26-15). Pizzuto earned a technical fall over Gardner-Webb’s Victor Blasucci, 18-2 and an 8-6 decision over Drexel’s David Pierce before earning a major decision over No. 16 Sam Sherlock of Clarion. The North Jackson, Ohio native used a strong third period against Drexel as he secured an escape, a reversal and a near fall to take the 8-6 win for the Green and White.
Mike DePalma, Kent State—Sophomore, Jeannette, Pa.
Kent State sophomore Mike DePalma went 3-0 with two pins at the Eastern Michigan Duals, helping the Golden Flashes go 3-0 as a team. In Kent State’s 17-16 win over No. 20 Michigan, he upset No. 5 Eric Grajales 9-5. In the Flashes’ 42-4 win over Gardner-Webb, DePalma pinned Tyler Ziegler in 59 seconds.
Andrew Morse, Northern Illinois—Sophomore, Alto, Mich. (Lowell High School)
Northern Illinois sophomore Andrew Morse posted a 3-1 record at last weekend's Eastern Michigan Duals to improve to 12-4 on the year. The Alto, Mich., native began the day by scoring a 7-2 decision against Michigan's Jake Salazar. After losing a major decision to No. 5 R.J. Pena of Oregon State, Morse rebounded with an 8-2 win over Clarion's Austin Matthews and a victory via forfeit against Findlay.