IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa sophomore Alex Marinelli has been named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week.
The award is the second in as many days for Marinelli. He was named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week by the league office 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 35 seconds into sudden victory. He improved to 19-0 overall with four wins against opponents ranked sixth or better.
Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling from youth programs through the senior level. Twitter fan votes also play a part in decision.
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.