KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ethan Bunce of Marian (Ind.) has been named the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week, announced Wednesday by the national office. He was chosen based on his performances from January 15 – 21.
National Wrestler of the Week
Ethan Bunce, Marian (Ind.)
285 pounds, So., Indianapolis, Ind.
• Bunce helped the Knights to a 13th place finish out of 35 schools at the Missouri Valley Invitational last weekend.
• The sophomore, who is unranked at 285 pounds, went 6-2 at the event en route to a 5th place finish, including four wins over grapplers ranked in the top 10 nationally.
• Bunce’s weekend was highlighted by pinning then-No. 3 Javier Gonzalez of Menlo (Calif.) twice. He also had notable victories over then-No. 7 Cooper Thomas of Grand View (Iowa) (fall) and then-No. 6 Bryson McGowan of Oklahoma City (11-2).
For the complete NAIA Wrestler of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Joshua Chiles, Williams Baptist (Ark.); Zach Kearney, Central Baptist (Ark.); Koby Milner, Reinhardt (Ga.); Tyler Evers, St. Andrews (N.C.); Drake Randall, Eastern Oregon; Isaac Bartel , Montana State-Northern; Mikel Perales, Menlo (Calif.); Chris Vaughan, Hastings (Neb.); Lucas Lovvorn, Baker (Kan.); Drew Sams, Graceland (Iowa); Jacob Seto, Missouri Valley; Haidon Allen, Saint Mary (Kan.); Jaedin Sklapsky, Campbellsville (Ky.); Brett Bradford, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Jon Floyd, Cumberland (Tenn.); Eric Deluse, Cumberlands (Ky.); Taylor Lehman, Waldorf (Iowa); Riley Williams, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Brian Buser, Oklahoma City; Kyle Kirkham, Southeastern (Fla.); Mitch Roadruck, Indiana Tech; Tyler Roberts, Lourdes (Ohio).
2017-18 NAIA National Wrestler of the Week Winners
Week 1 (Nov. 22): Olson Delisca, Southeastern (Fla.)
Week 2 (Dec. 6): Randy Keesler, Providence (Mont.)
Week 3 (Jan. 10): Artie Bess, Grand View (Iowa)
Week 4 (Jan. 17): Cameron Jones, Cumberlands (Ky.)
Week 5 (Jan. 24): Ethan Bunce, Marian (Ind.)