After an upset win over the third-ranked wrestler in his weight division, Chris Spangler (Iowa State) has received the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honor for matches from Dec. 12-18. It is the first career honor for Spangler.
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Chris Spangler, Iowa State, Jr., 174 pounds
Spangler posted a 7-4 upset over third-ranked Dorian Henderson in the Cyclones’ Big 12 dual against Missouri on Sunday.
Down in the first period, Spangler fought off an early deficit with a takedown, two back points and a reversal late in the match to claim the win. Spangler’s reversal kept the match from overtime as he led 5-4 with 40 seconds remaining, but Henderson had locked up riding time.
In the 174 pounds weight division, Spangler is now 3-0 against Big 12 opponents. It was his second upset of the season, after he downed No. 6 Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa on Dec. 4.
On the year, Spangler leads Iowa State in dual takedowns with 13, and he is third on the team in escapes with eight. Spangler is 5-1 overall.
2011-12 BIG 12 WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK/MONTH
November: Kendric Maple, Oklahoma, So., 141
Dec. 12: Alan Waters, Missouri, So., 125
Dec. 19: Chris Spangler, Iowa State, Jr., 174