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KANSAS CITY, Mo - Mitchell Lofstedt of Southern Oregon has been named the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week, announced Wednesday by the national office. Lofstedt was selected based on his performances from Jan. 14 - 20.
Lofstedt, a native of Roseburg, Ore., went 6-0 on the weekend, helping Southern Oregon to wins against Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and New Mexico Highlands at the Mile High Duals on Jan. 18, while also claiming the individual crown at 125 pounds at the Mile High Open on Jan. 19. Both events were held in Prescott, Ariz. During the dual event, Lofstedt went 3-0, including pin of seventh-ranked Sean Silva of Embry-Riddle and a 14-4 major decision over NCAA Division II second-ranked Kyle McCrite of Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Lofstedt continued his dominant performance in the open competition by pinning all three of his opponents in a combined time of 5:42. He finished the weekend with five pins in six matches.
On the season, Lofstedt boasts a 39-2 overall record, including a 21-0 mark against NAIA opponents. Additionally, 26 of his 39 victories have come by pinfall.
The next Wrestler of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 30. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Lonnie Brown, Midland (Neb.); Brandon Starkey, Concordia (Neb.); Vince Pezzuto, Cumberlands (Ky.); Jonathan Tiernan, Great Falls (Mont.); Brandon Gebhardt, Baker (Kan.); Joao Vicente, William Penn (Iowa); Daniel Mueller, Missouri Valley; Kidd Gomez, Oklahoma City; Kyle Gerlach, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Dillon Kifer, Jamestown (N.D.); Darryl Grayson, Indiana Tech; Zeke Hunt, Cumberland (Tenn.).
2012-13 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