Wrestler of the Week: Cooper Pontelandolfo

The d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week is Cooper Pontelandolfo from NYU. Pontelandolfo, ranked 3rd in the latest d3wrestle.com Rankings at 157, defeated #2 ranked Ryan Smith of Stevens 12-0 in a dual meet matchup between 2023 All-Americans. The NYU wrestler scored a takedown in each period and added an escape, stalling point, and a riding time point to earn a major decision and hand Smith his first loss of the season.

Pontelandolfo, a junior from Marlton, New Jersey, is currently 21-2 on the year with both losses coming to non-DIII opponents at the Princeton Open. He won the Racich Rumble and the New York Intercollegiate Championships. He was the Northeast Regional runner-up and NCAA 6th place finisher in each of the last two seasons at 165 lbs. before moving down to 157 this year. His career record now stands at 84-17. NYU will host the the UAA Championships against Case Western Reserve and the University of Chicago this Saturday morning in their last varsity competition before the Northeast Regional.

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