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NAIA Wrestler of the Week No. 1

January 09, 2013
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
Photo by Gene Knudsen

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Tyler Kacmarynski of Morningside (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Kacmarynski is the first honoree of the 2012-13 season and was selected based on his performance from Dec. 31 - Jan. 6.

Following a three-week break, Kacmarynski, a native a Spencer, Iowa, returned to the mat with a stellar performance in Morningside's seventh dual of the season against top-ranked Grand View (Iowa) on Jan. 5. The junior heavyweight, who at the time was ranked fifth in the class, upended defending national champion and then-No. 2 Eric Thompson, 9-3. With the win, Kacmarynski improved to 17-2 on the season and 7-1 against NAIA competition.

The next Wrestler of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 16. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.

Nominees: Zack Barkett, Cumberlands (Ky.); Joao Vicente, William Penn (Iowa); Teagan Franco, Oklahoma City; Ethan Miller, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).

2012-13 Wrestlers of the Week
Week 1 (Jan. 9):
Tyler Kacmarynski, Morningside (Iowa)