Kendric Maple was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for the fourth time this season.
Jan. 23, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – For the fourth time this season, and seventh time of his career, Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, announced Wednesday by the league office in Irving, Texas.
Earlier this season, Maple was named the Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 7, Dec. 11 and selected as the Wrestler of the Month for November, to begin his 2012-13 campaign.
The honor comes after Maple topped his fourth- and fifth-straight ranked opponents of the season in a span of two days with victories over No. 14 Joey Lazor of Northern Iowa and No. 13 Nathan Pennesi of West Virginia. Maple began his weekend with a 6-3 decision over Lazor, and followed with a 10-2 major decision over Pennesi as Oklahoma defeated West Virginia in its final home match of the 2012-13 season.
Sunday’s win against Pennessi was a milestone for Maple, as he grabbed his 90th career win in the Crimson and Cream.
On the year, Maple has taken to the mat against eight ranked opponents, none of which have been ranked lower than 14. He holds an 8-0 record against such foes.
With his performance in OU’s back-to-back duals this past weekend, Maple remains undefeated in 2012-13 with a 19-0 overall record and 9-0 mark in dual competition, including a 3-0 record in Big 12 competition.
Oklahoma continues its season when it travels to Lehigh, Pa., on Friday night to face a No. 14 Lehigh squad, then heads south to Blacksburg, Va., to take to the mat against No. 9 Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon.