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Jan 04 Wrestlers of the Week Big 12 Northern Sun EWL Big Ten ACC announce weekly winners

By Media Reports | Jan. 04, 2011, 2:34 p.m. (ET)
Burroughs named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week
By Jessica Schwager
Big 12 Conference

Jordan Burroughs, NU, Sr., 165 pounds, Sicklerville, N.J.
No.2 Burroughs won the 165-pound title of the Midlands Championships, improving his season record to 18-0. The senior defeated his first four opponents of the tournament by bonus points, including two technical fall victories over Luke Miller (Ohio Northern) and Robert Nash (Michigan State) to open the tournament. In the finals, Burroughs broke returning national champion and No. 1 Andrew Howe's (Wisconsin) 48-match winning streak to capture the title with a 10-7 decision. Burroughs was awarded the Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler for his efforts on the mat. He was also the highest individual point scorer of the tournament. For the season, Burroughs has collected seven technical fall victories and six victories by pin.

St. Cloud State's Shamus O'Grady named NSIC Wrestler of the Week
By Nick Kornder
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Shamus O'Grady (174 lbs, So., Coon Rapids, Minn. / Coon Rapids HS)
St. Cloud State
Shamus O'Grady helped guide the #2 ranked Huskies to a perfect 4-0 record at the Grand Canyon Duals on Jan. 1 in Phoenix, Ariz. O'Grady was 4-0 on the day, which included two pins, one win by a technical fall and one win by a forfeit. O'Grady now owns a 15-2 record this winter. O'Grady pinned Trent Zempel of Chadron State at 4:55; he then won by tech fall over Zak Slotten of Mesa State 20-3; he followed that up with a pin over Drew Comito of #8 Nebraska-Kearney at 1:49 and then won by forfeit in the dual against Kutztown.

Edinboro's Honeycutt named EWL Wrestler of the Week
By Bob Shreve
Edinboro Sports Information

Edinboro's Chris Honeycutt (North Ridgeville, OH/St. Edward) has been named the Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week following his outstanding performance at the Southern Scuffle.
Honeycutt repeated as the 184 lb. champion, winning all six of his matches, with two coming against ranked opponents. The junior entered the tournament ranked second by both InterMat and Amateur Wrestling News and boosted his record to 11-0. Honeycutt missed the first month of the season while rehabbing following offseason shoulder surgery.

A year ago Honeycutt competed unattached while redshirting. He won the 184 lbs. title with an upset of top-seeded Dustin Kilgore of Kent State. This time around he had to defeat third-ranked Steve Bosak of Cornell in the finals. He handed Bosak (18-1) his first loss of the season with a 7-2 decision.

Following a scoreless first period Honeycutt started the second period in the down position. He would take a 2-0 lead with a reversal, with Bosak escaping with just over a minute remaining. Honeycutt added a takedown with thirty seconds remaining and ended the second period with a 4-1 lead. Bosak cut the lead to 4-2 with an escape with a minute left, but Honeycutt registered his second takedown off a Bosak shot with approximately 20 seconds to go to clinch the win. With a point for riding time Honeycutt prevailed 7-2.

Honeycutt opened the Southern Scuffle with a 7-5 decision over Antonio Giogio of North Carolina. In the second round he pinned Campbell's John Merickel at 2:02. That was followed by a 13-2 major decision over John Dickson of Virginia Tech,

In the quarterfinals he bested Keith Witt of Kent State 6-0, and a 6-4 decision over 15th-ranked Luke Rebertus of Navy set up the finals bout with Bosak.

Edinboro is back in action on Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8, competing in the Virginia Duals.

Henrich named ACC Wrestler of the Week
By Steve Phillips
Atlantic Coast Conference

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia 174-pound senior Chris Henrich has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career following a second-place showing at last week's Southern Scuffle.

Henrich was the lone finalist among ACC competitors at the Scuffle, taking runner-up honors to Penn State's Ed Ruth, who knocked off both No. 2 ranked Henrich and No. 1 ranked Mack Lewnes of Cornell en route to being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Henrich cruised in his other four matches, winning three by major decision or tech fall and one in a medical forfeit. He also picked up a fall in UVa's Dec. 18 dual at Campbell, needing less than one period to pin Peter Comis. Henrich now has 115 career wins and needs just one victory to match the school record, set by Mike Krafchick (1991-95).

Henrich, a native of Lansdale, Pa., was also named ACC Co-Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 30, sharing the honor with Maryland's Mike Letts.

Ruth named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week
By Pat Donghia
Penn State Sports Information

Penn State wrestler Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week for the week ending January 2, 2011. The honor is the first for Ruth, a freshman 174-pounder for the Nittany Lions, and is the first for Penn State this year.

Ruth won the honor after winning five bouts, including decisions over then No. 1 Mack Lewnes of Cornell and No. 2 Chris Henrich of Virginia, en route to the 174-pound title at the Southern Scuffle last week. Ruth's performance led the Nittany Lions to a tie for first place in the 34-team field and earned him the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler award. Ruth, ranked 10th in the country at 174, opened the tournament by pinning Army's Robert Doyle in 2:11, followed by an 11-3 major decision over Michigan's Justin Zeerip.

He earned his second pin of the event against Lock Haven's Michael Khoury, scoring the fall in 1:07. Ruth then defeated Lewnes by an 11-5 decision in the semifinals before earning a 7-2 decision over Henrich to take home the title. Ruth now holds a 17-1 record this season with seven pins, three tech falls and two majors. He is now ranked No. 2 in the nation at 174.