The d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week is Mike Ross of Wartburg. Ross continued his unbeaten season with a pair of outstanding wins at the NWCA National Duals. In Wartburg’s opening match against Olivet, Ross defeated #8 Tyler Grimsley 16-0 to help the Knights to a 46-3 win. In the semifinals against #4 Ithaca, Ross defeated #2 ranked three time NCAA qualifier and 2016 All-American Nick Velez 6-2 to help Wartburg reach the finals of the National Duals for the 17th year in a row.
Ross, a freshman from Milford, Connecticut, is currently 16-0 split between 157 and 165. He was the champion at 157 at the Luther Open and the Auggie-Adidas Invitational before moving up to 165 when the calendar reached December. He won a New England championship in high school, and he is currently ranked #2 in the latest edition of the NWCA individual rankings released this week. The Knights next take to the mats on Thursday against IIAC foe Luther and again on Saturday at the Cornell Matman Invitational.