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Wrestler of the Week No. 7

February 22, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Brad Lower of Grand View (Iowa) has been named the final NAIA National Wrestler of the Week for 2012, the national office announced Wednesday. Lower was selected based on his performances from Feb. 13 – 19. The weekly honor marks the third such award for a member of the Vikings this season.

Lower, a 5-foot-9 junior, recorded pins in all three of his matches at the Central Group Qualifier in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 18 on the way to an individual title. The Burlington, Iowa, native, ranked No. 2 in the 165-pound weight class, cruised to victory over Bethany’s (Kan.) Kyle Allen in his first match (0:54) and then past sixth-ranked Rashad Moss of Waldorf (Iowa) (2:50) in his second battle. Then, in a showdown with No. 1 Kevin Hardy of Oklahoma City, Lower again triumphed (1:39) by way of a fall.

Lower’s dominance at the Central Group Qualifier earned him the event’s Outstanding Wrestler award and powered Grand View to a team title.

Nominees: Larone Madison, Cumberlands (Ky.); Pat Nord, Jamestown (N.D.); Brian Block, Morningside (Iowa); Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon; Conor Young, Campbellsville (Ky.); Reece Lefever, Indiana Tech.

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)
Week 5: Eric Thompson, Grand View (Iowa)
Week 6: Kory Kistner, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 7: Brad Lower, Grand View (Iowa)