Nebraska's Kokesh, Northwestern's Welch Share Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Honors

Jan. 2, 2013

Co-Wrestler of the Week
Robert Kokesh, Nebraska
174 – So. – Wagner, S.D. – Wagner

  • Won the 174-pound title at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships
  • Pinned Clarion’s Ryan Darch (5:55) in the first round, followed by a 13-1 major decision over Oregon State’s Austin Morehead in Round 2 and a fall against Penn’s Harrison Cook (2:52) in Round 3
  • Posted a 15-0 tech fall over CSU Bakersfield’s Bryce Hammond in the quarterfinals before recording a 10-2 major decision over ninth-ranked Lee Munster of Northwestern in the semifinals and an 8-4 decision against 19th-ranked Nate Brown of Lehigh to claim the title
  • Currently ranked fifth nationally at 174 pounds
  • Earns his first weekly award of the season and the second of his career
  • Last Nebraska Wrestler of the Week: Robert Kokesh (Dec. 13, 2011)

Jason Welch, Northwestern
157 – Sr. – Walnut Creek, Calif. – Las Lomas

  • Captured his second consecutive 157-pound title at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships
  • Recorded a 14-10 decision over Oklahoma’s Justin Deangelis in Round 1 before posting a 4-0 decision over Stanford’s Kyle Meyer in Round 2 and an 8-0 major decision against 17th-ranked Jake O’Hara of Columbia in the quarterfinals.
  • Scored a 9-3 decision against Wisconsin’s Isaac Jordan in the semifinals before taking a 4-0 decision over fourth-ranked Joey Napoli of Lehigh to win his second straight Midlands Championships title
  • Currently ranked second nationally at 157 pounds
  • Earns the first weekly award of his career
  • Last Northwestern Wrestler of the Week: Aaron Jones (Feb. 8, 2011)

2012-13 Wrestlers of the Week

Nov. 6
Tony Dallago, Jr., ILL



Nov. 13
Michael McClure, Jr., MSU

Nov. 20
Matt McDonough, Sr., IOWA

Nov. 27
Daryl Thomas, Sr., ILL

Dec. 4
Logan Stieber, So., OSU

Dec. 11
Derek St. John, Jr., IOWA

Dec. 18
Michael McClure, Jr., MSU

Jan. 2
Robert Kokesh, So., NEB
Jason Welch, Sr., NU