For the first time this season, Big 12 Co-Wrestlers of the Week were named as Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley) and Branson Ashworth (Wyoming) garnered the weekly honors.
Orndorff went perfect on the weekend (2-0) in Big 12 dual action against No. 20 Cale Davidson of Wyoming and Tyrell Gordon of Northern Iowa. In the two matches, Orndorff recorded a total of six takedowns with three in each dual. With the victories, Orndorff holds a 13-9 record on the season and a 9-5 clip in dual action. This award marks his second all-time and second for Utah Valley this season.
The Wyoming senior went 2-0 on the weekend, helping the Cowboys to a pair of Big 12 wins. Against Utah Valley, Ashworth dominated No. 9 Demetrius Romero in a 6-1 match on the road, followed by a 16-0 technical fall over South Dakota State’s Kelby Hawkins. Ashworth has won 15 bouts in a row heading into his final dual of the season. Overall, this week’s award marks his second on the season, as well as second all-time, and places Wyoming at a tie for the most weekly award winners this season with four.
Big 12 Wrestling Weekly Awards
|Date||Wrestler of the Week|
|Nov. 12||Dom Demas, Oklahoma, R-Fr. (141 pounds)|
|Nov. 19||Cole Verner, Wyoming, R-Jr. (125 pounds)|
|Nov. 26||Branson Ashworth, Wyoming, Sr. (165 pounds)|
|Dec. 4||Demetrius Romero, Utah Valley, Jr. (165 pounds)|
|Dec. 10||Dom Demas, Oklahoma, R-Fr. (141 pounds)|
|Dec. 17||Taylor Lujan, Northern Iowa, R-Jr. (174 pounds)|
|Dec. 26||Sam Turner, Wyoming, R-So. (141 pounds)|
|Dec. 31||Drew Foster, Northern Iowa, Sr. (184 pounds)|
|Jan. 7||Kaden Gfeller, Oklahoma State, R-Fr. (149 pounds)*|
|Jan. 14||Josh Hokit, Fresno State, Jr. (197 pounds)|
|Jan. 21||Josh Alber, Northern Iowa, Sr. (141 pounds)|
|Jan. 28||Ian Parker, Iowa State, R-So. (141 pounds)*|
|Feb. 4||Taylor Lujan, Northern Iowa, R-Jr. (174 pounds)|
|Feb. 11||Tanner Orndorff, Utah Valley, Jr. (197 pounds)|
|Branson Ashworth, Wyoming, Sr. (165 pounds)|
*-Indicates unanimous selection.