The d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week is Sam Gross of John Carroll. Gross participated in a pair of events last week at 157 lbs. and picked up three OAC wins for the Blue Streaks. Ranked 9th coming into the week, he started by defeating #10 Dalton Leightner of Baldwin Wallace 7-3 in a Tuesday dual. On Saturday, he won 11-7 against Shaun Wagner of Ohio Northern and picked up a fall to break a 13-13 tie in sudden victory against 5th ranked and NCAA runner-up Antwon Pugh of Mount Union. For his efforts, Gross was also named Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week.
Gross, a junior from Beachwood, Ohio, is 22-6 this year. He spent the first half of the season at 165 and dropped to 157. He was 3rd at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open, 1st at the Trine Invitational, 2nd at the RIT Inviational and 3rd at the Citrus Invitational. Gross finished 3rd at the 2019 Central Regional at 165 lbs. to earn his first trip to the NCAA Championships last season. His career record is now 54-21. John Carroll next competes tomorrow and Saturday at the Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational.