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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kody Kersten of Midland (Neb.) has been tabbed the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Kersten was selected based on his performances from Jan. 9 – 15. This award is the second-straight for the native of Logan, Iowa.
Wrestling at 184 pounds, Kersten went 5-0 in two events last week for the 11th-ranked Warriors. In Midland’s dual victory over Hastings (Neb.) on Jan. 13, Kersten won by pin. Ranked as the NAIA’s No. 7 wrestler, Kersten pinned three opponents en route to four victories at the Midland Open on Jan. 14. Kersten's last match of the week was a 34-second pin over Cory Brester of NCAA Division I University of Nebraska.
Of the four pins, three occurred less than one minute into the match. Kersten improved to 16-6 on the season and 10-0 against NAIA competition.
The next Wrestler of the Week announcement will be made on Jan. 25.
Nominees: Zeke Hunt, Cumberland (Tenn.); Larone Madison, Cumberlands (Ky.); Uxunn Ramirez, Missouri Baptist; Kory Kistner, Morningside (Iowa); Marlon Branson, Jamestown (N.D.); DeCoreus Leavell, Campbellsville (Ky.); Kyle Gerlach, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).
2012 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Kody Kersten, Midland (Neb.)
Week 2: Kody Kersten, Midland (Neb.)