By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Thompson of Grand View (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Thompson was selected based on his performances from Jan. 23 - 29.
Thompson, a 6-foot, 285 lbs., sophomore from Shell Rock, Iowa, went 6-0 last week in the heavyweight class at two separate events. His highlight came with a 5-2 decision over NCAA Division I Iowa's Bobby Telford in the championship match of the Grand View Open on Jan. 28. He also was victorious against Brian Rodas of NCAA Division II Southwest Minnesota State.
On Jan. 24, Thompson defeated Missouri Valley's Carl Lawrence by fall at the Missouri Valley Duals.
He currently sits No. 1 in the heavyweight division in the national rankings. In all five regular season polls, Thompson has earned either a No. 1 or 2 individual national ranking.
The next Wrestler of the Week announcement will be made on Feb. 8.
Nominees: Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon; Brandon Gebhardt, Baker (Kan.); Jahsua Marsh, Midland (Neb.); Kidd Gomez, Oklahoma City; Wally Figaro, Shorter (Ga.); Charlie Pingleton, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Tommy Pretty, Campbellsville (Ky.); Bryden Lazaro, Dickinson State (N.D.).
2012 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Kody Kersten, Midland (Neb.)
Week 2: Kody Kersten, Midland (Neb.)
Week 3: Josiah Simburger, Northwestern (Iowa)
Week 4: Eric Thompson, Grand View (Iowa)