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Pac-12 announces Wrestler of the Week

Jan 30, 2019

Sean Nickell, CSU Bakersfield (R-Sr., 133 - Bakersfield, Calif.)
• Picked up three wins last week:
Defeated #14 Matthew Schmitt (West Virginia), Dec. 2-1
Defeated Isaiah Delgado (Utah Valley), Maj. Dec. 11-0
Defeated Anthony Le (Stanford), TF, 5:41, 17-0

• Allowed just one point in three matches this week, outscoring his opponents 30-1.
• The two-time national qualifier earned his first victory over a ranked opponent this season, then helped lead the Roadrunners to their first win over a ranked opponent since they beat Oregon State on February 7, 2016 with a 20-13 win over No. 22 Stanford.
• Ranked No. 20 in the country entering last week’s competition, he is now on a five-match winning streak since placing fourth at the Southern Scuffle. He’s now moved up to No. 17.

Also nominated: Josh Shields, 165, Arizona State (posted wins over No. 4 Chance Marsteller (2-1) of No. 24 Lockhaven and Gordon Wolf (7-6) of No. 21 Lehigh); Paul Fox, 157, Stanford (posted a pair of major decisions over Cal Baptist’s Jaron Pagaduan (13-2) and Cal State Bakersfield’s Wyat Gerl (14-4)).

This Week in Wrestling:
Thur., Jan. 31 – Oregon State at Fresno State, 7 p.m. PT (Flowrestling Live Stream)
Sat., Feb. 2 – Arizona State at Stanford, 1 p.m. PT (Stanford Live Stream)
Sat., Feb. 2 – Oregon State at Cal Poly, 1 p.m. PT

The Rankings:
InterMat: No. 12 Arizona State; No. 19 Oregon State
USA Today/NWCA: No. 25 Stanford
Flowrestling: No. 13 Arizona State; No. 17 Oregon State
Trackwrestling: No. 9 Arizona State; No. 21 Oregon State

Individual Rankings (interMat):
125 – No. 3 Ronnie Bresser, Oregon State; No. 8 Ryan Millhof, Arizona State; No. 20 Gabe Townsell, Stanford
133 – No. 17 Sean Nickell, CSU Bakersfield
149 – No. 15 Requir van der Merwe, Stanford
157 – No. 17 Christian Pagdilao, Arizona State; No. 18 Dominick Mandarino, Stanford
165 – No. 4 Josh Shields, Arizona State
174 – No. 2 Zahid Valencia, Arizona State
197 – No. 9 Nathan Traxler, Stanford
HWT – No. 5 Amar Dhesi, Oregon State

Pac-12 Championships: Sat., Mar. 9 - hosted by Arizona State (P12N)

NCAA Championships: March 21-23, PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa.


Date Wrestler
Jan. 9 Nathan Traxler, STAN
Jan. 16  Ronnie Bresser, OSU
Jan. 23  Josh Maruca, ASU
Jan. 29  Sean Nickell, CSUB