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IOWA CITY, Iowa –– University of Iowa junior Pat Lugo has been named Big Ten Conference Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Lugo climbed to No. 9 in the rankings this week after upsetting No. 6 Kaden Gfeller of Oklahoma State, 7-4, on Sunday.
Lugo, ranked 12th entering the dual, scored takedowns in both the first and second periods to earn his first win of the season against a top six opponent. He improved to 4-4 against ranked opponents and extended his winning streak to seven.
The Big Ten Conference weekly honor is the first of Lugo’s career and the fourth for Iowa this season. Austin DeSanto, Kaleb Young, and Alex Marinelli were previously recognized.
The third-ranked Hawkeyes return to action March 9-10 at the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis. The conference will release its pre-seeds on Monday, March 4.