Northern Illinois' Duke Burk win MAC Wrestler of the Week Award

Updated 12/5/2007

MAC Wrestler of the Week

Dec. 4, 2007


Duke Burk ? Northern Illinois

174 lbs.

RS-Freshman (Sophomore) - Peoria, Ill., Notre Dame

Burk, ranked No. 13 in the nation by USA Today/InterMat, won 3-1 vs. No. 8 ranked Nick Hayes in a 22-19 win over No. 5 Northwestern.  His win gave NIU a six-point lead with one match remaining, securing at least a tie against the highly ranked Wildcats.


Other nominations:

Wynn Michalak ? Central Michigan

197 lbs.

Senior ? Caro, Mich. (Caro HS)

Michalak, ranked 5th nationally by USA Today/InterMat at 197, defeated No. 15 Joe Williams of Michigan State, 5-2. Michalak improved to 3-0 on the season with the win. Michalak led throughout the match and scored a takedown with 30 seconds left in the third period to provide the final margin.


2007-08 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.