Iowa's Perry earns Big Ten wrestling honor
PARK RIDGE, ILL. - Iowa wrestler Mark Perry has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, earning the honor for the second time in his career. He first earned the honor Feb. 9, 2005.
Perry, who is ranked second nationally at 165 pounds, pinned both his opponents and helped Iowa pick up two dual wins Dec. 13 in Iowa City.
He pinned third-ranked Moza Fay of Northern Iowa in 48 seconds to score his 80th career victory in the first match of the night. He then stuck Cornell College's Christian Coffey in 4:17 to score his 30th career pin. Perry needs 10 more falls to break into Iowa's top-10 all-time career leaders list.
He is 5-1 this season, pinning all five of his wins.
Perry is the second Hawkeye this season to earn the weekly conference honor. Sophomore Joe Slaton was honored Dec. 12 after upsetting Nick Fanthorpe of Iowa State, 6-5, at 133 pounds in Ames Dec. 9.
Top-ranked Iowa (7-0) will resume competition Dec. 29-30, at the 45th annual Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill.