MAC Wrestler of the Week
Feb. 5, 2008
Jermail Porter ? Kent State
285 lbs. ? Junior ? Akron, Ohio/Firestone
Jermail defeated the nation's 13th-ranked wrestler Zach Sheaffer from Pittsburgh, 4-2 on Thursday as the Golden Flashes knocked off the 20th-ranked Panthers, 22-13. Porter is now 26-8 overall on the season, and a sparkling 14-1 in dual meet competition (1-0 MAC).
Nathaniel Holt ? Central Michigan
149 lbs. - Rs-Freshman - Provo, Utah/Provo HS
Holt earned a victory in his Mid-American Conference debut, pinning Pat Lloyd at 149 pounds in the Chippewas' 32-3 win at Buffalo on Saturday. He improved to 15-7 on the season. Six of his wins have come via fall.
David Wade ? Eastern Michigan
Heavyweight ? Rs. Sophomore - Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek High School
Wade posted a 3-0 record at the Ithaca College Quad, including a pin and two decisions. In all three matches Wade held his opponent scoreless. He registered a first-period pin against Daniel Bittner (Binghamton), a 2-0 decision over Kenny Bluksa (Mercyhurst) and a 5-0 decision over Joe Goetz (Ithaca). For the year, Wade is 14-13.
Pat Castillo ? Northern Illinois
133 lbs. - Rs-Senior, Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township
In his final home bout of a five-year career at NIU, Castillo dominated Northern Iowa's Josh Baldridge, 21-9. The win is Castillo's nation-leading 13th major decision, and the senior has now won his last eight matches by major decision, technical fall or fall. Castillo has a 20-5 overall record and a 3-0 MAC slate.
Clay Tucker - Ohio
157 lbs. ? Sophomore/Martins Ferry, Ohio
Tucker won his fifth straight dual meet when he defeated Virginia Tech’s Andre Johnson 1-0 on Friday night in Blacksburg, Va. Tucker began the season at 149 but has excelled recently at 157 bringing his overall record to 11-14 and 8-8 in dual competition. It was the second time this season that Tucker defeated Johnson with their first meeting at the Cliff Keen Invitational.
Previous Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 5: Sean Clair - Eastern Michigan, 133 lbs.
Nov. 12: Dan Mitcheff ? Kent State, 133 lbs
Nov. 20: Dana Gingerich, Buffalo, 149 lbs.
Nov. 27: Luke Smith, Central Michigan, 125 lbs.
Dec. 4: Duke Burk, Northern Illinois, 174 lbs.
Dec. 11: Andrew Novak, Eastern Michigan, 125 lbs.
Dec. 18: Sean Clair, Eastern Michigan, 133 lbs.
Dec. 27: Brandon Sinnott, Central Michigan, 174 lbs.
Jan. 2 ? Christian Sinnott, Central Michigan, 184 lbs.
Jan. 8: Bubba Gritter, Central Michigan, Hwt.
Jan. 15: Kurt Gross, Kent State, 165 lbs.
Jan: 22: Trevor Stewart, Central Michigan, 165 lbs.
Jan. 29: Sean Clair, Eastern Michigan, 133 lbs.