Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling MAN OF THE MAT Award
The intent of this prestigious, almost Hodge-like, award is to highlight a wrestler from the Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling team that had the most outstanding performance from the event.
After some incredible performances on Sunday vs. Illinois I had a myriad of choices to choose from this week. This wasn’t an easy decision for me.
Could it be Eric Barnett after he closed out his final ride at the Field House with a dominate major decision win?
Could it be Joseph Zargo who dominated his opponent in route to a major decision in his match?
Surely, Dean Hamiti has to be the winner after pinning a ranked opponent, right?
On Sunday – one performance stood slightly above the rest. With the Wisconsin Badgers trailing Illinois 18–17 with one match to go – only one man could bring it home for the boys.
For the second week in a row – not only was Gannon Rosenfeld earn the MAN OF THE MAT award – he earned the dual deciding win and sent the seniors out on top!
Coach Bono credits the work ethic of Rosenfeld and the diligence he put in this week.
“He’s getting better, this was the best week of practice I’ve ever seen him have. Coach Reader locked in on him this week and showed him the potential he could have. Very happy that a young guy like that can go out there with the pressure of a team win and pull it off.”
Previous Winners of the MAN OF THE MAT:
Lindenwood – Felix Lettini
Michigan State Open – Luke Condon
No. 10 Iowa State – NO SELECTION
Bucknell – Max Maylor
Rider – Joseph Zargo
Drexel – Dean Hamiti
Midlands Championships – Shane Liegel
Virginia Duals – Max Maylor
No. 7 Ohio State – Eric Barnett
Michigan State – Nicolar Rivera
Loras Open – Luke Condon
No. 6 Nebraska – Dean Hamiti
Northwestern – Zan Fugitt
Purdue – Gannon Rosenfeld
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