Feb. 4, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. – After upending Iowa’s heavyweight Bobby Telford on Friday at Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern heavyweight Mike McMullan has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced today.
The win also propelled McMullan to the No. 1 ranking at heavyweight by Intermat.
Before a season-high 1,832 fans at Welsh-Ryan Arena Friday, McMullan (8-1), ranked No. 3 at the time, recorded a 3-1 overtime win over Telford, the No. 1 ranked heavyweight last week, who fell to 16-2 on the season.
McMullan led Telford 1-0 going into the third period. With 1:15 left in the match, Telford tied it up with a quick escape to bring the match into the third over time of the night. McMullan took over in overtime with a quick take down, winning 3-1 after eight and a half minutes of tough wrestling.
It was McMullan’s second win over the season over a no. 1 ranked opponent after he defeated Tony Nelson of Minnesota on Jan. 10. That win earned McMullan Co-Wrestler of the Week honors, and this is his first and the team’s first outright B1G weekly honor of the season.
No. 10 Northwestern travels to Champaign to face the in-state rival Fighting Illini at Huff Hall Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT. In a matchup of two teams ranked in the top 15, Illinois comes in ranked at No. 13 by Intermat. Sunday marks NU’s seventh consecutive dual against a ranked opponent, all members of the Big Ten Conference.
2013-14 Northwestern Wrestler of the Week Winners
Jan. 14: Mike McMullan (Co-Wrestler)
Feb. 4: Mike McMullan
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