Medbery earns second Big Ten Wrestler honor in a row

By TomM November 15, 2016 15:26

Medbery earns second Big Ten Wrestler honor in a row

He’s going back-to-back

Medbery earns second consecutive Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor

MADISON, Wis. – Most wrestlers won’t defeat three top-five opponents in an entire season. Wisconsin wrestling senior Connor Medbery did it within one week, earning him Big Ten Conference Wrestler of the week honors for the second week in a row.

The conference announced Medbery won the award in two consecutive weeks on Tuesday, making him the first Badger to win the award in back-to-back weeks. It is also just the second time in program history that Wisconsin has had weekly Big Ten honors two weeks in a row. The first time was in 2008 when Zach Tanelli and Kyle Massey garnered the accolade.

Coming off of a win at the prestigious NWCA All-Star Classic, Medbery carried his momentum into the Journeymen Classic to take first place in the heavyweight bracket.

The second-ranked wrestler picked up a technical fall at 2:16 in his first match before taking down Minnesota’s fifth-ranked Michael Kroells with a dominant 10-0 major decision. In the finals, Medbery faced yet another top-10 opponent in fourth-ranked Tanner Hall of Arizona State, but Medbery came away with the tournament crown by taking down Hall, 3-2.

He was awarded the prestigious Hammer Award at the Journeymen Classic for his dominant performance.

With the wins over No. 4 and No. 5 at the Journeymen Classic and the win over the then-No. 2 Ty Walz (Virginia Tech), Medbery has now defeated three top-five opponents in a span of one week.

Having already accumulated two Big Ten weekly honors in a single season, UW ties for second in program records for the most weekly praises in a season.

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Big Ten Conference Official Release

Wisconsin Earns Wrestler of the Week Honor
Date: Tue 11/15/16 02:19 PM
Contact: Bryson Jones, Big Ten Conference
Nov. 15, 2016

Wisconsin Earns Wrestler of the Week Honor
Badgers’ Connor Medbery claims Wrestler of the Week plaudit after picking up a pair of top-five wins

Wrestler of the Week
Connor Medbery, Wisconsin
Heavyweight – Sr. – Loveland, Colo. – Loveland

The second-ranked wrestler claimed three victories, two top-five wins and the heavyweight title at the Journeymen Classic
Picked up a 16-0 technical fall against Oklahoma’s Rex Schotts
Defeated fifth-ranked Michael Krolls of Minnesota 10-0 in the semifinals
Closed out the meet with a 3-2 win over fourth-ranked Tanner Hall of Arizona State
The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns the second Wrestler of the Week Award of his career and second in as many weeks
Last Wisconsin Wrestler of the Week: Connor Medbery (Nov. 8, 2016)

2016-17 Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 8 Connor Medbery, Sr., WIS
Nov. 15 Connor Medbery, Sr., WIS

By TomM November 15, 2016 15:26