MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
MAC Wrestler of the Week
Drake Houdashelt, Missouri—Junior, O’Fallon, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt West High School)
Missouri junior Drake Houdashelt rolled through his bracket en route to his third open title of the year at the Northern Iowa Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Houdashelt won all five bouts on the day in bonus point land (2 TFs, 1 pin, 2 MDs), outscoring his counterparts 88-19 on the afternoon. Houdashelt responded well after his first loss of the season to Tywan Claxton of Ohio earlier this month. He ranks No. 3 in the nation at 149 pounds, a weight class that has been a game of musical chairs in the top-5 so far this year. He heads to the Southern Scuffle in early January boasting a 16-1 record, with 14 of those wins coming with bonus points.
Anthony Abro, Eastern Michigan—Sophomore, Canton, Mich. (Canton High School)
Eastern Michigan sophomore Anthony earned a second-place finish for the Eagles at the Cleveland State Open at the 184 lb. weight class. Abro earned a bye in the first round and went on to win three-straight bouts using two decisions and one major decision to get to the finals. The redshirt-sophomore was unable to hold off Matt Sliga from Northwestern as he fell in a 7-4 decision in the finals at 184 lbs.
Dylan Peters, Northern Iowa—Redshirt Freshman, Denver, Iowa
Northern Iowa redshirt freshman Dylan Peters earned his fastest and 10th fall of the season en route to a Northern Iowa Open championship. He also earned a major decision that day. He took fourth last year at the same tournament. Peters started the season earning nine consecutive pins. His streak ended in the second day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this 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.