The d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week is Jared Stricker of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Stricker won all five of his matches to help the Blugolds win the team championship at the Budd Whitehill duals. Stricker came into the event ranked 7th at 174 lbs. In his opening match, he pinned #5 ranked Charlie Grygas of Oswego as part of a 38-6 Eau Claire victory. In his final match, he defeated #4 Stefan Major of Stevens to help the Blugolds upset the 6th ranked Ducks 23-13. In between, he pinned opponents from Messiah, Washington & Lee, and Ohio Northern. For his efforts, Stricker was named Outstanding Wrestler at the event and WIAC Athlete of the Week.
Stricker, a sophomore from Ashland, Wisconsin, is 25-2 on the year and 68-13 for his career. Last season, he was the WIAC Champion at 174 lbs. and conference rookie of the year as well as a member of the d3wrestle.com All-Freshman Team. He finished third at the Upper Midwest Regional to earn a spot in the 2022 NCAA Championships. UW-Eau Claire has a dual on Saturday with WIAC foe UW-Platteville before heading to the Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational the following weekend.