MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
For Immediate Release-Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
MAC Wrestler of the Week
Scott Mattingly, Central Michigan-Freshman, Uniontown, Ohio (Lake High School)
Central Michigan freshman Scott Mattingly picked up one of the biggest wins of his young career on Sunday to help the Chippewas secure a share of the Mid-American Conference championship. Mattingly rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Kent State's Chase Skonieczny, 3-2, providing three critical team points in Central Michigan's 20-14 win over Kent State. Mattingly tied the score with a reversal in the second period, then started the third period on top and rode Skonieczny for the entire two minutes to earn the decisive riding time point. Mattingly's victory helped Central Michigan secure a share of its 12th conference title in the past 13 seasons.
Mark Lewandowski, Buffalo-Sophomore, Depew, N.Y. (Lancaster High School)
In the most critical match of Buffalo's 22-9 win over Northern Illinois Sunday, Buffalo sophomore Mark Lewandowski won a sudden victory overtime match with Bryan Deutsch, a two-time national qualifier who came in to the match ranked 21st in the country at 157 pounds by WrestlingReport.com. After trailing 2-1 following the first period, Lewandowski got busy in period two, earning two near fall points, a penalty point and an escape to pull the score to 5-5 going into the third period. Lewandowski escaped but Deutsch had riding time at the end of the period, forcing a sudden victory overtime period. Midway through the first bonus period, Lewandowski scored a takedown to earn the upset. He is now 28-11 for the season and wrapped up the MAC season with a perfect 5-0 record.
Nick Hendrick, Eastern Michigan-Senior, Columbiaville, Mich. (Powers Catholic High School)
Eastern Michigan senior Nick Hendrick went 1-1 on the week with a win over Ohio's Steve Wilson and a loss to Central Michigan's Eric Cubberly. After Wilson tied the score at 4-4, Hendrick responded with a late third period takedown and added one more point with riding time for good measure on the way to a 7-4 victory and gave the Eagles a 9-7 team lead at the time as well. The one match he lost was a narrow 4-2 decision to Eric Cubberly of Central Michigan.
Brad Dieckhaus, Northern Illinois-Junior, St. Charles, Mo. (Francis Howell Central High School)
Northern Illinois junior Brad Dieckhaus improved to 13-8 on the season after defeating Buffalo's Jimmy Hamel, 3-1. The victory was Dieckahaus' fourth straight and his sixth victory in his last eight bouts. He finished the regular season 4-1 in Mid-American Conference competition.
Ryan Garringer, Ohio-Freshman, Downers Grove, Ill. (Hindale South High School)
Ohio freshman Ryan Garringer had a stunning pin of Eastern Michigan's Khodar Holbollah in just 32 seconds Saturday to help the Bobcats (10-6, 4-1 MAC) to a 28-9 victory over the Eagles, clinching a share of the Mid-American Conference regular season title. The victory gave Ohio a 16-9 lead in the dual and kick-started three more Ohio victories to salt away the win.