The d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week for December 2-8 is Samuel Braswell of Averett University. Braswell won the New Standard Invitational at York College at 125 lbs. Wrestling out of the 3rd seed, Braswell picked up four wins in a row to take the title. In the semifinals, he defeated #2 seed and #8 ranked Terry Adams of Ursinus 7-5 before taking on #6 ranked and top seeded Matt Caccamise of Brockport. Caccamise knocked Braswell out of the 2019 NCAA Championships, but the Cougar was able to reverse that result with a 12-11 decision in a match that was tied at 9 after two periods. Braswell was named Outstanding Wrestler for his efforts.
Braswell, a junior from Daytona Beach, Florida, was an NCAA qualifier last season and placed 4th in the Southeast Region as a freshman. His career record now stands at 70-24. The Cougars are off until January 4th at the Jim Crytzer Invitational at Washington & Lee.
The d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week for December 9-14 is Taylor McGiffen of Millikin. McGiffen picked up a 9-7 sudden victory decision over #6 ranked Shane Liegel of Loras in a dual meet on Saturday. The win brought McGiffen’s record up to 7-2 and earned him the CCIW Wrestler of the Week award.
McGiffen, a junior from Alton, Illinois, originally attended Campbell University after graduating high school in 2012 and competed for the Camels for a few seasons. He returned to his native Illinois and now competes for Millikin. His next competition should be this weekend at the Gator Boots Duals in Nashville.