USMMA's Bunce Selected Wrestler of the Week

Wrestler of the Week - January 23, 2017

Blake Bunce, Soph, 197, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Trophy Club, Texas/Byron Nelson

 Went a perfect 3-0 over Merchant Marine's three dual meets this week, leading the Mariners to a 2-1 record, including a Centennial win over #29 Gettysburg on Saturday. Bunce earned a 5-2 decision at TCNJ on Tuesday and on Saturday a 4-2 decision against McDaniel and a 2-0 decision against Gettysburg.



Wrestler of the Week - January 16, 2017

A.J. Kowal, Jr, 197, Stevens Institute of Technology
Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton

Junior A.J. Kowal won the title at 197 Saturday at the annual Cornell Matman Invitational in Iowa. In a field that included five teams ranked in the top-25 nationally, Kowal won once my fall, once my technical fall, once by major, and twice by decision en route to the victory.


Wrestler of the Week - January 9, 2017

Zach Wilhelm,  Jr, 149, Stevens Institute of Technology
Tuckerton, N.J./Southern Regional

Junior Zach Wilhelm went a perfect 4-0 Saturday at the North/South Duals, keying the Ducks 4-0 day that included a pair of wins over nationally ranked opponents. Wilhelm won three times by decision, while gaining his fourth win in an 18-0 tech. fall.


Wrestler of the Week - December 10, 2016

Colin Kowalski, Soph, 157, Gettysburg College
Derwood, Md./Georgetown Prep

Kowalski improved to 16-2 with a 5-2 decision at 157 pounds in a dual with Lycoming. The sophomore trailed 2-0 entering the third period before pulling off an escape and the match-clinching takedown.

Wrestler of the Week - December 5, 2016

Troy Stanich, Fr, 133, Stevens
Roxbury, N.J./Roxbury

Freshman Troy Stanich won the title at 133 Saturday at the highly competitive York New Standard Invitational, which included 10 teams currently ranked in the top-25 nationally. Stanich won twice by fall and twice by major, before topping No. 4 Ryan Flynn of York 4-1 in the final. Stanich is ranked No. 2 at the weight class nationally.

Wrestler of the Week - November 21, 2016

Alvontae Drummond, Sr, McDaniel
Lincoln, Del./Milford

Drummond went 3-0 with three pins to lead McDaniel to a 2-1 day at the Green Terror Duals on Saturday. All three of his falls came in the first period.

Wrestler of the Week - November 14, 2016

Patrick Rooney, Sr, 184, Merchant Marine
Belgrade, Minn./Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa

Rooney went a perfect 4-0 to win the 184-pound bracket at the Roger Williams Invitational this past Saturday. He was named the Invite's Most Outstanding Wrestler. The 184-pound bracket was not easy, as it featured three nationally-ranked wrestlers. After earning a pin in his first bout of the day, Rooney rattled off three straight decisions to take the title, including an exciting buzzer-beating 10-8 victory over 175's National Champion last year, Ben Swarr of Messiah, in the semifinals. He then defeated Messiah's Victor DeFrance, 5-0, in the first-place match.


Wrestler of the Week - November 7, 2016

Alvontae Drummond, Sr, 141, McDaniel
Lincoln, Del./Milford

Drummond went 3-0 to win the 141-pound title at Messiah. He opened with a bye before recording a 7-5 win over Freddy Coradetti (Ursinus). He topped Matt Darok (Messiah) by technical fall 17-2 in the semifinals before winning the championship bout 5-3 over Lee Cassel (Messiah).