MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
For Immediate Release-Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
MAC Wrestler of the Week
Nick Purdue, Ohio-Junior, Genoa, Ohio (Genoa High School)
Ohio junior Nick Purdue had an exceptional week, recording a pair of victories by pin over his opponents from 12th-ranked Central Michigan and Clarion. On Friday, Purdue pinned fifth-ranked Ben Bennett of Central Michigan in four minutes, 38 seconds to help power the Bobcats to a 21-17 win over the Chippewas in Athens. The victory snapped a 12-year losing streak to Central Michigan and handed the Chips just their third MAC dual loss in the last 66 competitions. On Sunday, he made short work of Clarion's Scott Joseph, winning in four minutes, 55 seconds to guide the Bobcats to a 29-18 triumph. For his efforts, Purdue, who was previously unranked, is now 16th in the latest Intermat rankings.
Chris Conti, Buffalo-Sophomore, Fredonia, N.Y. (Fredonia High School)
Buffalo sophomore Chris Conti got the team rolling Sunday against Kent State with an upset win in the leadoff 141-pound match, controlling Chase Skonieczny throughout and using a late reversal to seal a 5-2 win to lead off the match. The win was Conti's fourth dual meet win of the season despite being an injury replacement.
David Wade, Eastern Michigan-Senior, Beavercreek, Ohio (Beavercreek High School)
Eastern Michigan senior heavyweight David Wade extended his current win streak to eight consecutive matches and he has won nine of his last 11 matches overall after defeating Dakota Greenhaw of Northern Illinois last Friday, Feb. 4, with a pin in 4:10. Wade moves to 14-6 on the season, 8-1 in duals and 1-0 in the Mid-American Conference. He is currently ranked 18th in the nation according to Intermat and WrestlingReport.com.
Ross Tice, Kent State-Junior, Brookfield, Ohio (Brookfield High School)
Kent State junior Ross Tice started a rally that helped the Golden Flashes post a conference road win. In Sunday's dual at Buffalo, the Bulls captured the first three matches of the day before Tice got a Kent State rally started in a 19-13 victory. Tice's 4-2 win over John-Martin Cannon at 165 was the first of six straight victories for the Golden Flashes (12-5, 2-0 MAC), which included overtime triumphs at 184 and heavyweight. Martin-Cannon was ranked No. 1 in the MAC Coaches Poll.
Tristen DeShazer, Northern Illinois-Senior, Wichita, Kan. (West High School)
Northern Illinois senior Tristen DeShazer posted his third-straight victory by pin fall and his eighth of the season, pinning Eastern Michigan's Mike LeHolm in 2:47 at 141 helping lead the Huskies to a 21-18 victory over the Eagles Friday night. It was Northern Illinois' first conference victory of the season and DeShazer's 32nd pin fall win of his career. The Huskie senior, who is riding a three-match winning streak, improved to 13-8 on the season and 3-1 in conference action.