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Wisconsin Badgers Wrestler Named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week

Wisconsin Badgers wrestler Dean Hamiti continuing his dominance.



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Mar 5, 2023; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers wrestler Dean Hamiti wrestles Iowa Hawkeyes wrestler Patrick Kennedy during the Big Ten Championship at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers wrestler Dean Hamiti was named the Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week after dismantling the competition and winning the 165 pound title at the Ken Kraft Midlands.

Wisconsin Badgers Dean Hamiti’s Resume Thus Far

The reigning, defending, undisputed, Big Ten Champion at 165 pounds continues to destroy everything set in front of him. Sitting at 13–1 overall this season with his only official loss coming to Iowa State’s No. 4 David Carr by 2–0 decision.

In Dean Hamiti’s 14 official matches, he has outscored his opponents 100–13, and outside of his 2–0 defeat to No. 10 David Carr – he has not been in a match decided by a decision.

In Dean Hamiti’s 13 victories, six have been by fall, three by technical fall, and four by major decision.  Dean Hamiti is a bonus point menace.

Not only has Hamiti given up 13 total points all season, 10 of those 13 were by escape and DJ has only been taken down one time. One. Time.

The junior has been a hammer in the middle of Coach Bono’s lineup, both at 165 and 174 pounds, and his relentless dominance has been invaluable to the team. While winning this Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week award, for the second time this year, doesn’t guarantee an All-American finish or winning a Big Ten or National Championship – its a acknowledgement from the wrestling world of his dominance not only at Midlands – but throughout the early portion of the season.

I have the sneaky suspicion we still haven’t seen the best of Dean Hamiti. How you do in March determines if you are worthy to be amongst wrestling immortality, and DJ has the attitude, the relentless effort to be great, and a skillset to bring a NCAA title to Madison.

Buckle up.

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Ryan Eilers covers the Wisconsin Badgers football and wrestling programs for and has had his work published on Bleacher Report. He also makes up 1/4 of the BadgerNotes After Dark podcast crew.