Jan. 5, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa sophomore Brandon Sorensen has been named co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. He shares the award with Penn State’s Bo Nickal.
Sorensen, ranked No. 2 in the country, won the 149-pound bracket at the 2015 Midlands Championship on Dec. 30. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native went 6-0 with a pair of wins over ranked opponents, defeating seventh-ranked Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) in the semis and third-ranked Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern) in the finals. He also had a pin and technical fall in the opening rounds.
The weekly conference honor is the third of Sorensen’s career. He was recognized two times in January 2015. The Big Ten award is the second for Iowa this season. Sammy Brooks earned the honor Nov. 17.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Sorensen is 17-2 all-time at the Midlands Championships. He placed third in 2013 and 2014 before winning the title last week. If the Hawkeyes return to the tournament in 2016, he could become the ninth wrestler in program history to join the prestigious 20-in-4 club, which requires a wrestler to win at least 20 matches in their first four years of competition. Dan Gable was the first Midlands 20-in-4 member. The last Hawkeye to join the club was Cliff Moore in 2005.