KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Artie Bess of Grand View (Iowa) 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 1 – 7.
National Wrestler of the Week
Artie Bess, Grand View (Iowa)
184 pounds, Sr., Deerfield, Ill.
• Bess helped Grand View (Iowa) to a seventh-straight NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals title by posting a 3-0 record at 184 pounds.
• His performance was highlighted by victories over then-No. 3 Hunter Smith of Life (Ga.) (4-3) and then-No. 2 Josh Chiles of Williams Baptist (Ark.) (5-3). The victory over Chiles came in the championship round.
• Bess’ other win at the event was a 9-0 major decision over Kohl Dodd of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
For the complete NAIA Wrestler of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Nicholas Drendel, Williams Baptist (Ark.); Deqaylon Gray, Central Baptist (Ark.); Aaron Vaughan, St. Andrews (N.C.); Michael Carew, Reinhardt (Ga.); Devin Poppen, Southern Oregon; Cody LeCount, Marian (Ind.); Adrian Lyons-Lopez, Providence (Mont.); Kyle Fowler, Morningside (Iowa); Jeremiah Gerl, Hastings (Neb.); David Berg, Midland (Neb.); Nathan Ryan, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Donavan Fouchey, Missouri Valley; Drew Sams, Graceland (Iowa); Trey Edwards, Bethany (Kan.); Hayden Lee, Cumberlands (Ky.); Nosomy Pozo, Life (Ga.); Justin Brown, Campbellsville (Ky.); Brett Bradford, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Shota Sisco, Cumberland (Tenn.); Taylor Lehman, Waldorf (Iowa); Paul Gonzales, WVU Tech; Matt Landgraff, Oklahoma City; Matthew Cates, Southeastern (Fla.); Mitch Roadruck, Indiana Tech
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)