MAC Wrestler of the Week
J’Den Cos, Missouri—Sophomore, Columbia, Mo.
Missouri sophomore J’Den Cox went a perfect 3-0 at last Saturday’s Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. Cox’s highlight win came against No. 12 (HWT) Ross Larson of No. 19 Oklahoma. The ranked win was even more significant as Cox moved up a weight class for the matchup from his usual 197-pound level. The 3-1 decision win over Larson improved Cox’s 2014-15 record to a perfect 10-0 and helped the Tigers to a big 27-9 dual victory over the Sooners.
Shawn Scott, Northern Illinois—Sophomore, Holly, Mich. (Holly High School)
Northern Illinois sophomore Shawn Scott played a big part in the Huskies 3-0 weekend at the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals, posting three victories and two bonus point wins. The redshirt sophomore opened the day with a 5-0 triumph against West Virginia’s Jake A. Smith, which sparked a Huskie comeback en route to an 18-17 win over the Mountaineers. Scott followed that up with a first period pin of Binghamton’s Caleb Wallace, then capped the day with a 21-10 major decision against Sasha Oliinyk of Sacred Heart. The Holly, Michigan, native is second on the team with a 12-4 record with five bonus point victories.
Leighton Gaul, Northern Iowa—Redshirt Freshman, New Hampton, Iowa
Northern Iowa redshirt freshman Leighton Gaul moved up a weight class to 133 pounds to join the Panther dual lineup for the first time. He got the Panthers started early in the dual with a first-period fall. He pinned Iowa Central Community College’s Tyler Miler in 1 minute, 43 seconds. Gaul is now 3-2 overall, earning a major decision win and a fall. He is 1-0 in duals. He has not wrestled a MAC dual yet. Gaul is coming off a redshirt year where he was second at the Loras Open.
Tristan Warner, Old Dominion—Senior, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Cumberland Valley HS)
Old Dominion senior Tristan Warner went 2-0 last weekend, racking up eight team points at the Journeymen/ASISCS Northeast Duals. He started out the day taking down NCAA qualifier, No. 19 Dakota Friesth of Wyoming (13-2 Maj Dec) and finished by defeating Patrick Robinson from Purdue via a 17-3 major decision. The Monarchs fell to Wyoming, 24-10, but defeated No. 22 Purdue by a narrow 16-15 margin. Tristan is now 8-0 on the year, with all of his dual wins coming by major decision.