Oklahoma’s Maple Collects Third Big 12 Wrestler Award
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 01/30/2012
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Sophomore Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) has been selected as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for matches from Jan. 23-29. During the week, he helped the Sooners upend No. 23 Virginia Tech on Friday, Jan. 27, and rally to defeat 14th-ranked Lehigh on Sunday, Jan. 29, by downing two ranked opponents.

It is the third career honor for Maple, who also won the award on Jan. 2 and was named the Wrestler of the Month for November. He becomes only the second wrestler in Big 12 history to take home three honors in one season, joining Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) who accomplished the feat in 2010-11.

WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Kendric Maple, Oklahoma, So., 141 pounds, Wichita, Kan.
Maple (22-1 overall, 13-1 dual), ranked No. 3 among 141-pounders, opened action with the first of his two major decision victories over the weekend against Virginia Tech's 19th-ranked Zach Neibert. En route to earning OU's only bonus against the Hokies, he acquired three takedowns, five nearfall points, an escape and 3:25 of riding time to earn the 13-1 win and help secure a 19-12 team victory over Virginia Tech.

Against Lehigh, the Sooners fell behind 16-0 after dropping the first five bouts of the day. Maple earned OU its third-straight bonus-point victory after he fought for a 14-5 major over the Mountain Hawks' No. 15-ranked Steve Dutton. Maple's five takedowns, two escapes and 4:29 of riding time put the Sooners within two of Lehigh at 16-14. OU eventually completed the comeback for a 22-16 win.

Over the course of the season, Maple has amassed a team-best 61 dual points, 11 major decisions, four technical falls and four falls. Additionally, his 54 takedowns and 21 nearfalls in dual action are tops among the squad.

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
Jan. 2: Kendric Maple, Oklahoma, So., 141
Jan. 9: Brent Haynes, Missouri, Jr., 197
Jan. 17: Alan Waters, Missouri, So., 125
Jan. 23: Alan Gelogaev, Oklahoma State, Jr. Heavyweight
Jan. 30: Kendric Maple, Oklahoma, So., 141

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