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This week’s college wrestler of the week Sam Turner of Wyoming earns the honor after winning a title at the Reno Tournament of Champions 141 lb bracket. Sam entered the tournament as the fourth seed at 141 lbs and advanced to the semifinals after a five-point win in the second round, then a medical forfeit. In the semi’s Turner met two-time All-American Kaid Brock, a wrestler that had beaten him earlier in the season 14-10. This time around, the turning point of the match was a first-period takedown, then rideout by the Wyoming Cowboy. A third-period escape broke a tie at four points and proved to be the difference in the win for Turner, who spent the final minute and 40 seconds of the match eluding the dangerous Brock. There was less suspense in the finals as Turner used two takedowns, an escape, and a riding time point to down two-time NCAA qualifier Austin Eicher (Michigan State) 6-0. Last year at this event, while wrestling at 149 lbs, Sam went 2-2 and did not place. The freshman Turner did bounce back and ended his season wrestling at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. This year, down at 141 lbs, Sam has amassed a 14-8 record, which is slightly misleading as seven of those eight losses have come to wrestlers currently in the top 20 nationally.