MAC Announces Wrestlers of the Week

Updated 1/14/2009

MAC Wrestler of the Week (two honorees)


Trevor Stewart ? Central Michigan

Senior - 165 lbs.

Canton, Mich. (Detroit Catholic Central HS)

Stewart went a perfect 4-0 to help lead CMU to the Virginia Duals title last weekend. Stewart, ranked 10th nationally entering the tournament, posted an 11-4 decision over Liberty's Brad Clark, a 4-2 decision over Old Dominion's Chris Brown, a 5-3 decision over Oklahoma State's No. 12-ranked Brandon Mason, and a 9-2 decision over Lehigh's No. 16-ranked Mike Galante. Stewart is now 9-1 in duals this season and has won a team-leading 16 matches overall. His 9-1 duals mark also is the best on the team.


Dustin Kilgore ? Kent State
Redshirt freshman ? 184 lbs.
Berea, Ohio (Berea HS)

Kilgore improved his team-best record to 21-3 on the year with a perfect 4-0 record at the Virginia Duals this past weekend. After a decision in Friday's first match against David Thompson of Bucknell 6-3, Kilgore defeated eighth-ranked David Craig of Lehigh 8-4 in the nightcap. Saturday, he blasted ninth-ranked Rocco Caponi of Virginia 23-9. The win over Caponi avenged Kilgore's only loss in open tournaments last season (27-1 last season). In his final two matches, Kilgore received a major decision over Penn's Colin Hitschler and won by technical fall over Derek Coffey of Old Dominion 17-1. For the season, Kilgore leads the team with seven falls and also has four tech falls and three major decisions.


Additional Nominees

Sean Clair- Eastern Michigan

R-Junior - Turtlecreek, Pa. (Plum HS)

Clair won a 13-1 major decision against Cleveland State's Lawrence Cavello Sunday, Jan. 11, at Bowen Field House in Ypsilanti, Mich. Clair opened up an early 2-0 lead with a takedown. A near-fall to conclude the first period gave Clair three points and a 5-0 lead. After a scoreless second period, Clair extended his lead to 7-0 with a reversal early in the third. Cavello would end any shutout hopes with a single point, but Clair shored up a major decision with a takedown and near fall. The Eagles lead 10-4 after three matches.Clair has won 6-of-8 matches in a recent stretch to improve his season record to 13-7.


Clay Tucker ? Ohio

Junior - Martins Ferry, Ohio (Martins Ferry HS)

157 lbs.

In the Virginia Duals, junior Clay Tucker posted a 2-1 record to improve to 15-10 on the season at 157 pounds. Tucker fell to Sean Bilodeau of eighth-ranked Lehigh in the opening round by a score of 5-4. He then defeated Tyler Riccio of Bucknell by major decision, 9-1, and Vince Salminen of North Dakota State by technical fall, 18-3. He is now 7-3 in duals meets for the season.


Previous Wrestlers of the Week

Nov. 13: Steve Brown ? Central Michigan, 149 lbs.

Nov. 20: Danny Mitcheff ? Kent State , 133 lbs.

Nov. 27: Drew Lashaway ? Kent State, 141 lbs.

Dec. 3: Jacob Ison ? Ohio, 174 lbs.

Dec. 10: J.J. Johnson, Eastern Michigan, 149 lbs

Dec, 17: Scotti Sentes, Central Michigan, 125 lbs.

Dec. 24: Jimmy Hamel, Buffalo ? 197 lbs.; and Nick Purdue, Ohio ? 174 lbs.

Jan. 2: Mike Miller, Central Michigan ? 174 lbs; and Dustin Kilgore, Kent State ? 184 lbs.

Jan. 9: Drew Lashaway, Kent State ? 149 lbs.


Upcoming Schedule

January 15 (Friday)

Ohio at Northern Illinois, 7 pm


January 16 (Friday)

Buffalo at New York State Collegiate Championships (at Oswego, N.Y.), Noon


January 17 (Saturday)

Buffalo at New York State Collegiate Championships (at Oswego, N.Y.), Noon

Central Michigan at Bloomsburg, 2 pm

Eastern Michigan at Cornell, 1 pm

Kent State at Cleveland State, 7 pm


January 18 (Sunday)

Central Michigan at Pittsburgh, 2 pm

Kent State Open, all day

Michigan State at Ohio, 1 pm