KANSAS CITY, Mo - Cameron Neiss of Montana State-Northern has been named the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week, announced Wednesday by the national office. Neiss was selected based on his performances from Feb. 11 - 17 and is the final honoree of 2013.
Neiss, a native of Ronan, Mont., was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament after going 3-0 en route to an individual crown and an automatic berth to the 2013 NAIA Wrestling National Championships at the NAIA West Qualifying Group Tournament on Feb. 16. The junior, who was seeded fourth at 133 pounds, opened the event with an 18-2 technical fall over Mason Saldana of Embry-Riddle (Ariz.). Neiss continued his run with a 10-8 victory over then-No. 1 Prescott Garner of Southern Oregon in the semifinals before knocking off second-ranked Angel Garcia of Menlo (Calif.), 4-2, in the finals.
Neiss has won 13-straight matches en route to a 30-8 record on the season.
For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Brock Gutches, Southern Oregon; John Sievert, Morningside (Iowa); Michael Vassar, Great Falls (Mont.); Josh Manu, Missouri Valley; Mitchell Eichenauer, Oklahoma City; Jahsua Marsh, Midland (Neb.); Zeke Hunt, Cumberland (Tenn.); Ian Stephens, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
2013 Wrestlers of the Week
Week 1 (Jan. 9): Tyler Kacmarynski, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 2 (Jan. 16): Jarid Price, Baker (Kan.)
Week 3 (Jan. 23): Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon
Week 4 (Jan. 30): Eric Thompson, Grand View (Iowa)
Week 5 (Feb. 6): Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon
Week 6 (Feb. 13): Prescott Garner, Southern Oregon
Week 7 (Feb. 20): Cameron Neiss, Montana State-Northern