MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
MAC Wrestler of the Week
Khodor Hoballah, Eastern Michigan—Senior, Dearborn, Mich. (Dearborn High School)
Eastern Michigan senior Khodor Hoballah had the deciding win as he was able to come up with a 7-2 decision to give Eastern Michigan a 21-19 victory in its first MAC dual over Old Dominion. The first period was back-and-forth as Hoballah used an escape to take the 1-0 advantage before Matt Tourdot had a takedown to take the 2-1 lead. Hoballah answered back with an escape to knot the match at 2-2. The scored remained at 2-2 through the entire second period as Tourdot chose to be neutral heading into the final two minutes of action. Hoballah secured five points in the final period with one takedown to earn the 7-2 decision and give the Eagles their second-straight win.
Tyler Small, Kent State—Junior, Littlestown, Pa.
Kent State junior Tyler Small pinned Buffalo’s Nick Flannery with 15 seconds left in the second period, helping Kent State to a 38-3 conference victory over the Bulls. Small trailed Flannery 3-2 midway through the second period before scoring a reversal that put Flannery on his back. Flannery entered the day 8-4 with a pair of top three finishes at tournaments this season. Small improved to 8-4 on the season with three bonus-point victories.
Barlow McGhee, Missouri—Freshman, Rock Island, Ill. (Rock Island High School)
Missouri freshman Barlow McGhee continues to impress at 125-pounds for the Tigers. McGhee slid past Ohio's KeVon Powell with a 2-1 decision last Friday in Mizzou's 23-10 win over the Bobcats. Down 1-0 with less than a minute to go, McGhee wrapped up a double leg on Powell to take the lead. McGhee is now 11-3 in his young collegiate career after his win over Powell, who ranks 3rd in the MAC at 125 pounds.
Jared Torrence, Northern Illinois—Senior, Norwalk, Ohio (Norwalk High School)
Northern Illinois senior Jared Torrence got a big boost to his NCAA resume last Thursday at Cleveland State when he earned a 5-3 victory against 2013 national qualifier Riley Shaw. After trailing 2-1 early in the third period, the redshirt senior scored a takedown to take the lead, then held on for the two-point win, allowing the Huskies to score a 25-6 dual win. Torrence is now 10-7 on the year.
Dylan Peters, Northern Iowa—Redshirt Freshman, Denver, Iowa
Northern Iowa redshirt freshman Dylan Peters started the season earning nine consecutive pins at the 125 weight class. His streak ended in the second day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last weekend when he fell in a 4-2 decision to No. 2 Nahshon Garrett of Cornell. Peters was able to rebound and knock off No. 6 Tyler Cox of Wyoming to take fifth at the prestigious tournament. Peters’ only two losses this season have come by decision to wrestlers ranked in the top 10.
Alexander Richardson, Old Dominion—Sophomore, Jersey City, N.J.
Old Dominion sophomore Alexander Richardson competed against Eastern Michigan's Matt VanCuren in both team's MAC opener this past Friday. Richardson ended up picking up an impressive pin victory in just 1 minute 29 seconds, which gave Old Dominion a 12-9 team lead. Richardson has won four matches this year by pin and is 8-3 on the year. After finishing last season as an NCAA Qualifier, Richardson begins this season 5-1 in duals.