MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
MAC Wrestler of the Week
Phil Wellington, Ohio—Sophomore, Euclid, Ohio (Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School)
Ohio sophomore Phil Wellington highlighted the tournament for the Bobcats at the Michigan State Open as he went 4-0 en route to earning a winning performance at 197 pounds. Wellington opened the bracket by pinning T.J. Hohenadel (Indiana). He then went on to post a major decision over Kelvin Jordan from Indiana Tech and then downed Northern Illinois' Shawn Scott. In the final bout, he downed Braden Atwood from Purdue by a count of 6-3.
Nick Flannery, Buffalo—Senior, Framingham, Mass.
Buffalo senior Nick Flannery recorded a second place finish at the Oklahoma Gold Classic on Saturday afternoon in the 141 pound weight class. He started the afternoon off with three straight victories over wrestlers from Army Oklahoma and Bloomsburg, including a 9-0 major decision over Dalton Dennis from Oklahoma. Flannery's lone loss on the afternoon came in the finals to the #13 ranked wrestler in the country, Nick Lester, from Oklahoma by the score of 12-6.
Phillip Joseph, Eastern Michigan—Senior, Lapeer, Mich. (Lapeer East High School)
Eastern Michigan senior Phillip Joseph led the Eagles with a third-place finish in the 184 lb. weight class at the Michigan State Open, last Saturday, Nov. 9. The Lapeer East, Mich. native had a bye in the first round before clinching two victories by decision. The redshirt-senior notched a 7-2 decision in the quarterfinals over Central Michigan’s Craig Kelliher. Joseph was unable to secure a victory in the semifinals, but came out with the third-place finish and a 2-1 record in his first tournament of the 2013-14 season.
Andrew Morse, Northern Illinois—Sophomore, Alto, Mich. (Lowell High School)
Northern Illinois sophomore Andrew Morse went 4-1 at the Michigan State Open last weekend in East Lansing, Mich., en route to a second-place finish at 157 pounds. The Alto, Mich., native began the day with a tight 2-0 win over Ohio's Andrew Romanchik. After getting a win by injury default against Ohio State's Randall Languis, Morse handily won his quarterfinals match with a 13-4 major decision over Johnny Greisheimer of Edinboro. The Huskie sophomore earned a 9-2 win against Michigan State's Ryan Watts to advance to the finals, where he would fall to two-time NCAA Championships qualifier Taylor Walsh of Indiana.
Chris Mecate, Old Dominion—Sophomore, Highland, Calif.
Old Dominion sophomore Chris Mecate scored a pair of victories over the weekend with a 8-0 major decision over nationally ranked opponent No. 10 Jesse Thielke and a 6-3 decision win over Rider's Paul Kirchner.