MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (January 20, 2014)
– Senior Colin Johnston
of the West Virginia University wrestling team has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, announced the conference office today.
Johnston (141) tallied WVU's first win and takedown against No. 5 Oklahoma State on Saturday, Jan. 18. He wrestled No. 12 Anthony Collica to the mat twice in the first period. Collica recorded an escape and reversal to bring the bout to 4-3 in Johnston's favor midway through the first period. An escape by Collica to start the second knotted the match at four, but Johnston took Collica down for a third time and turned him on his back for a two-point nearfall to earn the decision, 8-4.
Johnston has now defeated back-to-back ranked opponents, recording a decision over No. 20 Dan Neff of Lock Haven, 12-7, on Jan. 4. He leads the Mountaineers with 27 takedowns in his team-high 11 dual-match victories this season, with his lone loss coming against then No. 19 Joe Spisak of Virginia on Nov. 2.
Johnston, 22-5 overall on the season, is the first WVU wrestler to be honored as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week.