University of Minnesota junior Roger Kish has been named Co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced today. A 184-pounder from LaPeer, Mich., Kish defeated two opponents ranked in the top seven in the nation and recorded a pin and a major decision in his other two matches on his way to a 4-0 record last weekend at the Northeast Duals.
Kish defeated No. 5 Joe Rovelli of Hofstra, 4-1, and No. 7 Christian Sinnott of Central Michigan, 3-2. Kish then recorded the second-fastest pin of his career with a fall against Anthony Fuschino of American in just 1:42. He wrapped up his day with an 18-7 major decision over Lior Zamir of Penn.
Ranked No. 2 in the nation at 184 pounds, Kish is a perfect 8-0 on the year with four pins and two major decisions to his credit.
Kish shares Wrestler of the Week honors with Angel Escobedo of Indiana. Escobedo pinned four of his five opponents and registered a major decision in his other match on his way to a 5-0 record at the Hoosier Duals.
This is the second Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor for Kish during his career. He was also named Co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 25, 2006 along with Jake Herbert of Northwestern.
This is the second straight week a Golden Gopher has earned Wrestler of the Week honors after Gabriel Dretsch won the award last week. Kish was also involved the last time Minnesota wrestlers took home weekly accolades in consecutive weeks. With his award last season, Kish followed Cole Konrad, who earned the honor the previous week.