Welker Named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa women’s wrestler Kylie Welker has been named USA Wrestling’s athlete of the week, it was announced Tuesday by the organization.

Welker, who is the top-ranked wrestler at the 170-weight class, picked up three wins this past weekend to help the Hawkeyes capture the 2024 NWCA National Duals title.

The Franksville, Wisconsin native had a forfeit win on Saturday against Adrian College. On Sunday she defeated second-ranked Tiffani Baublitz via technical fall in the semifinals. In the finals, against North Central College Welker picked up an, 11-3, win via decision to give the Hawkeyes the late lead.

The Hawkeyes went 4-0 at National Duals defeating Adrian College, Presbyterian, King and top-seeded North Central.

Iowa returns to action on Sunday Jan. 21 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes are set to host Life University and Missouri Valley College in the Iowa Duals beginning at 2 p.m. CT. The duals will be streamed on B1G+ (subscription required).