Oklahoma's Kendric Maple has earned the Big 12 Wrestler of the Month award for his 4-0 start to the 2012-13 wrestling season. It is the fourth career honor for Maple.
WRESTLER OF THE MONTH
Kendric Maple, Oklahoma, RS-Jr., 141 pounds, Wichita, Kan.
Maple remained undefeated on the year with a 4-0 record in dual competition when he topped Binghamton's Dan Riggi with a 22-5 tech fall in 3:32. Maple built a 17-4 lead in the first period and scored his final five points with a takedown, near fall and 2:19 riding time advantage to earn a 22-4 tech fall.
The junior started 2012 dual competition at the Journeymen/Asics Northeastern Duals with a 3-0 slate. He began the Dual with a 7-3 decision over No. 8 141-pounder Luke Vath of Hofstra. Next, he topped Cornell's Mike Nevinger with a 13-1 major decision and ended the competition with a 1:33 pin over Matt Lavingly.
He led Oklahoma to its 14th-straight Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational title after he took home the 141-title after pinning Buffalo's Andrew Schutt in 1:17. He began by downing American's Matt Dorf with a 0:13 pin - the fastest at the invitational - then topped Army's Tyler Rauenzahn with a 17-2 major decision. With his 3-0 mark on the weekend and fastest pin of the invitational, Maple was named Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Maple began 2012 at the NWCA All-Star Classic where he topped pre-season No. 5 141-pounder B.J. Futrell from Illinois, who finished fourth at last year's NCAA in the 133-pounders, in a 6-3 decision. For his efforts, he was awarded the Tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
2012-13 BIG 12 WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK/MONTH
November: Kendric Maple, OU, RS-Jr., 141