COLUMBUS, Ohio Reece Humphrey, a junior on the Ohio State wrestling team, was named Big Ten co-Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Humphrey won four matches Sunday at the Buffalo Open to capture the 133-pound division to earn his first-career weekly laurel.
Humphrey, a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., decisioned Kevin Smith of host Buffalo, 9-5, in the championship bout. The 9-5 win over the No. 2 seed was the smallest margin of victory for Humphrey, who dominated his opponents throughout the day. He began the day with a pin of Kevin Green of Niagara in 5:50 and then followed that performance with a 25-10 technical fall over Michael Baxter of Mercyhurst College. Humphrey then faced teammate and fifth-seed Garrett Henry in the semifinals and made quick work of the rookie from Solon, Ohio, pinning Henry in 3:28 en route to the final.
This is the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor since J Jaggers won Jan. 30, 2008.
Ohio State will continue the early portion of its schedule Saturday when it travels to Raleigh, N.C., for the N.C. State Open.
Nov. 3, 2008
No. 1 Reece Humphrey : 1st Place
Round 1: Pinned Kevin Green (Niagara), 5:50
Quarterfinals: Technical Fall over Michael Baxter (Mercyhurst College), 25-10
Semifinals: Pinned No. 5 Garrett Henry (Ohio State), 3:28
Final: Decisioned No. 2 Kevin Smith (Buffalo), 9-5