The d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week is Michael Petrella of Baldwin Wallace. Petrella won the 149 lbs. weight class at the North Central Invitational this past weekend. In the quarterfinals, Petrella defeated #1 seed and #3 ranked Alex Villar of North Central 6-2. In the semifinals, he won over TJ Driessens of Wabash with a fall late in the third period. In the finals, Petrella came away with a 5-3 decision over Charlie Stuhl of Augsburg, a d3wrestle.com Honorable Mention. His efforts helped Baldwin Wallace come away with the team title in a tough field.
Petrella, a sophomore from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, is now 16-1 on the season. He was 3rd at the Ithaca Invitational and first at the Baldwin Wallace Invitational prior to this weekend’s action. Last season, he finished 2-1 in limited action during the COVID-shortened season. He was a two-time Ohio state placewinner with 167 wins in high school. Before the tournament on Saturday, he was listed as Honorable Mention in the d3wrestle.com Rankings #4. Baldwin Wallace wraps up its 2021 competition on Saturday splitting its squad between the Kalahari Duals and a tri with Olivet and Michigan State.