Charleston, S.C. ? The league office announced on Wednesday that redshirt junior Justin Sparrow has been named Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week for all competitions from February 16-22.
Sparrow (Gastonia, N.C.) continued his hot streak in 2011 this past week by beating both of his opponents at North Carolina and against Gardner-Webb. On Wednesday at UNC, Sparrow upset the Tar Heels? No. 22 Antonio Giorgio in a thrilling 6-5 victory. On Saturday in the regular season finale, the 184-pounder handed Gardner-Webb?s Jonathan Velazquez his first loss of the season with a 4-0 decision.

Since January 1, Sparrow is 12-3 with all three of his losses coming against opponents ranked in the top 20. He has a win over a ranked opponent, three pins and a major decision over that span.

The Citadel has now garnered three SoCon Wrestler of the Week awards this season as Sparrow joins teammate Turtogtokh Luvsandorj, who captured the award on January 5 and February 2.
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, March 5 when they compete in the SoCon Championships in Boone, N.C. For more information on Bulldog Wrestling, visit CitadelSports.com.