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Utah Valley’s Justin Morrill Named WWC Wrestler of the Week

OREM, Utah — Utah Valley University senior 141-pounder Justin Morrill (Logan, Utah/Mountain Crest HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week after an outstanding performance on the mat last week as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon.

UVU’s dual at the No. 9 Boise State Broncos last week began at 141 pounds and Morrill got the Wolverines off to a good start as he defeated No. 15 Levi Jones 5-4 in 2OT. The match was tied at four-all at the end of regulation. In the first sudden victory overtime, Morrill had a chance for a late takedown but he ran out of time before he could secure it as the bout went to a second overtime. Morrill managed to score however in the tie breaker period when he broke Jones’ hold and picked up an escape point to win the contest.

The win for Morrill was his third over a ranked opponent on the season and also kept his undefeated streak alive in the 2011 calendar year. The Wolverine senior is 18-7 on the season and a perfect 6-0 in duals.

The conference honor is Morrill’s first of his career.

The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its fifth year of competition, is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

Other Nominees:

Northern Colorado: Sam Bauer, 125 pounds, Fr., (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS)

Northern Iowa: Ryan Loder, 184 pounds, RFr., (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS)

South Dakota State: Aaron Pickrel, 125 pounds, So., (Watertown, S.D./Watertown HS)

Wyoming: Patrick Martinez, 174 pounds, RFr., (Hemet, Calif./Temecula Valley HS)

2010-11 WWC Wrestlers of the Week

Nov. 16 – Cole Dallaserra (Wyoming)/Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)

Nov. 24 – Cole Dallaserra (Wyoming/Flint Ray (Utah Valley)

Dec. 1 – Vince Salminen (North Dakota State)

Dec. 7 – Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)

Dec. 14 – Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)

Dec. 21 – Shane Onufer (Wyoming)

Jan. 5 – Ben Kjar (Utah Valley)

Jan. 11 – Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)

Jan. 18 – Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)

Jan. 25 – Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)

Feb. 1 – David Bonin (Northern Iowa)/Michael Martinez (Wyoming)

Feb. 8 – Justin Morrill (Utah Valley)

2010-11 Western Wrestling Conference Dual Standings

School Conf. Overall

Wyoming 4-0 10-4

Northern Iowa 2-0 8-9

Air Force 2-1 10-3

Utah Valley 1-1 3-3

Northern Colorado 1-2 1-9

North Dakota State 1-3 7-4

South Dakota State 0-4 1-11-1

Courtesy of James Warnick, Director of Media Relations, Western Wrestling Conference

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