Nov. 11, 2008
Co-Wrestlers of the Week
Kurt Kinser, Indiana
So., Bloomington, Ind. / Bloomington South
Kinser defeats highly-touted foes to win open division title
Indiana's Kurt Kinser began the 2008-09 campaign by winning five consecutive battles en route to the 157 pound open championship at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich., Sunday. No. 9, Kinser opened the tournament with a 40-second pin over Pittsburgh's Alexander Munoz, followed by a 14-2 major decision in the second round against Lester France of Eastern Michigan. In a double overtime victory, the redshirt sophomore then defeated No. 8 Matt Moley of Bloomsburg in a 3-2 decision in the semifinal round. With the title well within reach, Kinser wasted little time as he pinned Northwetern's Jason Welch in just 56 seconds to secure top honors in his division.
Last Indiana WOW: Trevor Perry (11/28/07)
Jake Herbert, Northwestern
Sr., Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny
NU's 2007 NCAA Champion returns to claim top honors at the Michigan State Open
Northwestern's Jake Herbert garners his fifth career weekly accolade after opening his senior campaign with an unblemished 4-0 record at the Michigan State Open, claiming the 184-pound division. The 2007 national champion returned to the mats for the Wildcats after a year spent training for the Beijing Olympics, leading NU to one of its three open division finals on the day. Ranked No. 1 in the nation, Herbert posted pins in each of his first three contests to secure a spot in the finals where he defeated freshman Zac Thomusseit of Pittsburgh with a 14-1 major decision.
Herbert's decisive victory improves his career record to 119-4 (.967) to lead Northwestern in the all-time records book. Next week the veteran will look to lead his team to another tournament title as Northwestern heads to West Lafayette, Ind., where it will compete in the Purdue Duals.
Last Northwestern WOW: Jake Herbert (1/17/07)