2022-23 Men's Wrestler of the Week

2022-23 Men's Wrestler of the Week

Players of the week are evaluated on their performance during the week prior to the announcement. Each player is selected out of a pool of conference and Continental Athletic Conference (Independents) award winners.

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Week 9 (February 15, 2023)

Wrestler of the Week: Eric Vermillion, Indiana Tech


Eric went 3-0 and finished first at 184. Selected as wrestler of the year in the WHAC. 

Nominees: Eric Vermillion, Indiana Tech; Carl Hansen, MSU-Northern (Mont.); Timothy Barr, Life (Ga.); John Diener, Morningside (Iowa); Joshua King, Central Baptist (Ark.); Michael Trimmell, Friends (Kan.)


Week 8 (February 8, 2023)

Wrestler of the Week: Devon Schoenberger, Missouri Valley


Finished with a 5-0 record, which included a technical fall win in the dual against Benedictine, and a first place finish at the MVC Open, at 125lbs.

Nominees: Griff Qualls, Avila (Kan.); Devon Schoenberger, Missouri Valley; Jakob Jerabek, Morningside (Iowa); Eric Vermillion, Indiana Tech; Alex Hernandez, Southern Oregon; Tyree Johnson, Life (Ga.); Darron Harvey, Central Baptist (Ark.); Isaiah Reinert, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Week 7 (February 1, 2023)

Wrestler of the Week: Riley Smucker, Life (Ga.)


Smucker went 5-0 on the week. In dual action against Reinhardt, he provided the decision victory over a two time All-American that put Life back ahead. At the Blue Raider Open, Smucker breezed his way through the 174 lbs bracket, claiming the top spot by beating all his opponents in the bonus.

Nominees: Ezavian Ortega, Friends (Kan.); Greg Hagan, Grand View (Iowa); Darron Harvey, Central Baptist (Ark.); Hayden Wempen, Morningside (Iowa); Matthew Gimson, Indiana Tech; Keller Rock, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Keegan Luton, Oklahoma City; Riley Smucker, Life (Ga.); Marckis Branford, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)


Week 6 (January 25, 2023)

Wrestler of the Week: Gabe Jacobs, Southeastern (Fla.)


In just his second tournament with the Fire, sophomore Gabe Jacobs won the 285-pound title, becoming the first individual champion in program history at the event. Sixth-ranked Jacobs picked up three first-period falls to reach the quarterfinals where he was an 11-5 winner over 20th-ranked Ethan Deroche of Providence. Jacobs then pinned seventh-ranked Joshua Isaac in 1:48 to advance to the final. Riding time was the difference for Jacobs defeating Grand View's Tommy Mommer, who finished fifth at nationals last season, in the final by the score of 2-1. Jacobs finished second in the field for most pins in the least time with four in a total of 7:01, missing out on the top spot by 1:05. His 29 team points scored was also second in the field.

Nominees: Dillon Witt, Missouri Baptist; Elliott Rodgers, Marian (Ind.); Byron Pierce, Midway (Ky.); Cade Manion, Oklahoma City; Malachi Karibo, Baker (Kan.); MaQuoia Bernabe, Cumberlands (Ky.); Hunter Sparks, Eastern Oregon; Jesse Daniel Perez, Ottawa (Kan.); Gabe Jacobs, Southeastern (Fla.)


Week 5 (January 18, 2023)

Wrestler of the Week: Brent Hudgins, Midway (Ky.)


Brent Hudgins posted a perfect 4-0 record last week to claim the individual championship at 157 and help lead Midway to their first tournament victory in program history at the CBC Invitational. His three wins included three pins and one tech fall.

Nominees: Colton King, Central Methodist (Mo.); Joel Avila, Providence (Mont.); Taylor Vaaquez, Morningside (Iowa); Dillon Witt, Missouri Baptist; Logan Johnson, Avila (Mo.); Brent Hudgins, Midway (Ky.); Sal Silva, Southeastern (Fla.); Jeff Dunasky Jr., Marian (Ind.)



Week 4 (January 11, 2023)

Wrestler of the Week: Baagii Boldma, Doane (Neb.)


Boldmaa wrestled three matches for No. 4 Doane at the NWCA Multi-Division National Duals, helping lead the Tigers to a 3rd Place finish. On the first day of action, Doane defeated No. 19 Oklahoma City and No. 5 Indiana Tech. Boldmaa earned a pair of Top 10 battles, defeated 4th-ranked Caden Manion of OCU and 6th-ranked Kyle Kantola of Indiana Tech. Boldmaa's third match of the weekend came in the Third Place match against No. 3 Southeastern. He defeated 3rd-ranked Parker Dobrocky to collect his 150th career win between Northwest Kansas Tech and Doane.

Nominees: Jesse Daniel Perez, Ottawa (Kan.); Esco Walker, Grand View (Iowa); Parker Dobrocky, Southeastern (Fla.); Ty Ferguson, Lyon (Ark.); Jovan Garcia, Menlo (Calif.); Jace Luchau, Cumberlands (Ky.); Keegan Luton, Oklahoma City; Blake Mulkey, Marian (Ind.)


Week 3 (January 4, 2023)

Wrestler of the Week: Daulton Mayer, Thomas More (Ky.)


Went 3-2 at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships with two wins by decision and a win by fall in 53-seconds. 



Week 2 (November 23, 2022)

Wrestler of the Week: Steven Villalobos, Life (Ga.)


Villalobos went undefeated in a competitive bracket that hosted wrestlers ranked 9th, 11th, 16th, and 20th in the NAIA as well as multiple NCAA D1 opponents claim the 157 lbs. bracket title. In the quarterfinals he defeated the 9th ranked wrestler, getting revenge on Young who put him out in last year's national tournament.

Nominees: Alex Hernandez, Southern Oregon; Steven Villalobos, Life (Ga.); Chandlar Akins, Cumberlands (Ky.); Hunter Bennett, Doane (Neb.); David Corretjer, Central Baptist (Ark.); Brandon Kidd Jr., Ottawa (Kan.); Jack Kitchingham, Oklahoma City; Joe Lupton, Graceland (Iowa); Hunter Yackee, Lourdes (Ohio)


Week 1 (November 16, 2022)

Wrestler of the Week: Garavous Kouekabakilaho, Grand View (Iowa)


Won the GV Open beating the #9, #5, and #4 The bracket also had the 18, 16, 12, 8, & 3 ranked wrestlers.

Nominees: Garavous Kouekabakilaho, Grand View (Iowa); Austin Harris, Life (Ga.); Keegan Luton, Oklahoma City; James Dosado, Cumberlands (Ky.); Parker Dobrocky, Southeastern (Fla.); Michael Densmore, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Chinges Tsermaa, Doane (Neb.); Braden Anderson, Ottawa (Kan.); Dillon Witt, Missouri Baptist