COLUMBUS, Ohio Nikko Triggas, a sophomore on the Ohio State wrestling team, was named Big Ten wrestler of the week, the conference announced Tuesday. This is Triggas’ first-career weekly laurel.
The 125-pounder (19-12) was instrumental in helping the Buckeyes to a 2-0 record last weekend after recording two pins against No. 17 Michigan Feb. 13 and No. 8 Illinois Feb. 15. The back-to-back pins gave the native of Moraga, Calif., a team leading 12 falls on the season.
Triggas needed just 5:38 seconds to down both his opponents. With the Buckeyes down, 11-14, against the Wolverines, Triggas pinned 17th-ranked Michael Watts in 2:02 to give Ohio State its first lead of the match. The Buckeyes would go on to win two of their next three matches in the 26-17 triumph.
He followed that performance with another critical pin of B.J. Futrell of Illinois in the Buckeyes’ home finale. Ohio State held a slim 14-10 lead after consecutive losses at 197 pounds and heavyweight and just three matches remaining. Triggas increased the Buckeye margin to 20-10 when he downed Futrell in 3:36 after finishing the first period against Futrell trailing, 4-2. With the pin, Triggas helped the Buckeyes post a 26-13 victory over eighth-ranked Illinois.
For the season, Ohio State has collected five Big Ten wrestler of the week honors. Senior J Jaggers (141) was the last Buckeye recipient Jan. 13. Junior Mike Pucillo (184) won Jan. 6, while juniors Corey Morrison (HWT) and Reece Humphrey (133) won Dec. 16 and Nov. 14, respectively.