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Pac-12 announces Wrestler of the Week

Feb 13, 2019

Dominic Ducharme, CSU Bakersfield
(R-So., 184 - Windsor, Calif.)
• Defeated #19 Jackson Hemauer of Fresno State 3-2 in tiebreaker scoring to help CSU Bakersfield knock off the #25 Bulldogs 18-12 at the Feud on the Field.
• Ducharme escaped Hemauer to lead 3-2 in the first half of the tie breaker portion. Starting on top to start the next 30 seconds, Ducharme rode out Hemauer to clinch the 3-2 decision. Neither wrestler recorded a takedown in the tightly contested match as each competitor received a penalty point and escaped control in regulation.
• The victory was Ducharme's first over a wrestler ranked in the top 20 this season. The public administration major has a record of 19-11 this season.

Also nominated: Josh Shields (165), Arizona State (currently ranked No. 5 in the nation, earned a 7-3 decision over No. 14 Connor Flynn of Missouri); Requir van der Merwe (149), Stanford (Only Cardinal to pick up two wins last weekend as he posted a 6-1 decision over Purdue’s Parker Filius and a 3-1 decision against Indiana’s Fernie Silva).

This Week in Pac-12 Wrestling:
Mon., Feb. 11 – Iowa State at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT (Pac-12)
Fri., Feb. 15 – STANFORD at OREGON STATE, 6 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Bay Area)
Sat., Feb. 16 – CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD at ARIZONA STATE, 12:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Arizona)
Sun., Feb. 17 – CAL POLY at STANFORD, 12:00 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Bay Area)

Team Rankings:
InterMat: No. 16 Arizona State; No. 18 Oregon State
Flowrestling: No. 16 Arizona State; No. 18 Oregon State
Trackwrestling: T-No. 11 Arizona State; T-No. 21 Oregon State, T-No. 36 Stanford

Individual Rankings (interMat):
125 – No. 3 Ronnie Bresser, Oregon State; No. 20 Gabe Townsell, Stanford
133 – No. 17 Sean Nickell, CSU Bakersfield
149 – No. 15 Requir van der Merwe, Stanford
157 – No. 16 Christian Pagdilao, Arizona State
165 – No. 4 Josh Shields, Arizona State
174 – No. 3 Zahid Valencia, Arizona State
197 – No. 12 Nathan Traxler, Stanford
HWT – No. 4 Amar Dhesi, Oregon State

Pac-12 Wrestling Notes: Arizona State’s Josh Fields (165) has won matches in each of the last 12 dual meets and 13 of the last 14, including four wins over ranked opponents … Oregon State’s Amar Dhesi is wrestling himself into shape: … Stanford’s Requir van der Merwe (149) is 20-6 overall this season and is 9-1 in duals … Cal Poly will hold a Celebration of Life for Pat Lovell on Saturday, March 16, at the Cabrillo College Gym. Lovell, who passed away Nov. 29, was a standout wrestler and football lineman at Cal Poly in the late 1950s and competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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. 30  Sean Nickell, CSUB
Feb. 6  Gabriel Townsell, STAN
Feb. 13 Dominic Ducharme, CSUB