Ramos named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Major decision over third-ranked foe earns conference honor

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University of Iowa's Tony Ramos is undefeated in the Hawkeyes' Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but it was his latest home victory that garnered conference praise Tuesday. The second-ranked 133-pound junior handled Edinboro's No. 3 A.J. Schopp, 9-0, Saturday night in Iowa's 31-6 win, earning Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors.

Ramos improved to 20-0 this season and is 24-0 in his career at CHA. Ramos scored two takedowns, two nearfall points and a reversal, adding a riding-time point. It is the first time Ramos has been recognized by the conference this season, but the third of his career. He joins Matt McDonough (twice), Nick Moore and Derek St. John as Hawkeyes who have won the award this season.

Iowa returns to action with the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen National Duals Mat Mayhem on Friday and Saturday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The second-seeded Hawkeyes face #7-seed Cornell in the quarterfinals Friday at 8 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by the finals at 7 p.m.

Below is the official news release from the UI SID:


IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa junior Tony Ramos has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The weekly honor is the third of Ramos’ career, and first this season.

The 2012 All-American earned the honor following his 9-0 major decision over third-ranked A.J. Schopp of Edinboro. Ramos, ranked No. 2 nationally at 133 pounds, scored two takedowns, two nearfall points, one reversal and piled up 1:26 of riding time to improve to 20-0 this season. He is 4-0 against ranked opponents, and has scored bonus points in 18 of his 20 wins, including nine pins, eight major decisions and one technical fall.

The Hawkeyes have earned Big Ten weekly honors five times this season, more than any other school. Sophomore Nick Moore earned Big Ten honors Jan. 29, junior Derek St. John was recognized Dec. 11, and senior Matt McDonough has been honored on two occasions, Nov. 20 and Feb. 5.

The Hawkeyes (19-1, 8-0) return to the mat this weekend at the NWCA National Dual Meet Championships in Minneapolis. Competition begins Friday at 6 p.m. (CT). The tournament will be broadcast live on AM 800 KXIC, and streamed online at hawkeyesports.com via Hawkeye All-Access.

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