Alex Marinelli Named Co-B1G Wrestler of the Week

By Chris Brewer, Iowa Athletic Communications

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa sophomore Alex Marinelli has been named Big Ten Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Marinelli, ranked No. 2 nationally at 165, defeated No. 3 Evan Wick of Wisconsin, 6-4, on Sunday, helping Iowa clinch a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

Marinelli scored a reversal in the final minute to force overtime, and recorded the deciding takedown in 35 seconds into sudden victory. He improved to 19-0 overall with four wins against opponents ranked sixth or better.

The Big Ten Conference weekly honor is the third of Marinelli’s carerer. It is the third time this season an Iowa wrestler has been recognized. Austin DeSanto earned the honor on Jan. 22, and Kaleb Young earned the honor Nov. 27.

Marinelli shares the weekly award with Ohio State’s Kollin Moore.

The third-ranked Hawkeyes return to the mat Sunday at No. 2 Oklahoma State. The dual begins at 2 p.m. (CT) in at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.