NAIA Wrestler of the Week — No. 2 Paulsen of Briar Cliff (Iowa) earns the honor after a dominant stretch.

Courtesy of the NAIA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chris Paulsen of Briar Cliff (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. He was chosen based on his performances from Nov. 12-Dec. 2.

National Wrestler of the Week

 Chris Paulsen, Briar Cliff (Iowa)
165-pounds, So.; Raymond, Iowa

  • Chris Paulsen picked up a huge win in a dual against Northwestern when he knocked off No. 2 Andrew Null by a 9-2 decision. He then had a tremendous performance at the Buena Vista Open against wrestlers from all divisions. He took fourth place in the 165-pound class with his first loss coming by a close 7-5 decision against Kenny O’Neil from Division I South Dakota State University.
  • All three of Paulsen’s wins ended with him pinning his opponents with victories over wrestlers from Minnesota State and Iowa Central.

Nominees: Joe Robinson, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); John Bentley, Lyon (Ark.); Ben Freeman, Central Baptist (Ark.); Curtis Doctor, Reinhardt (Ga.); Mhar Caballa, Eastern Oregon; Lucas Higginbotham, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Zach Worm, Marian (Ind.); Shonn Roberts, Providence (Mont.); Ian Morken, Menlo (Calif.); William Seibert, Missouri Valley; Steven Lawrence, Grand View (Iowa); Trey Heckadon, Graceland (Iowa); David Dow, Baker (Kan.); Santino Gee, Ottawa (Kan.); Zach Gadbois, Bethany (Kan.); Trent Johnson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); John Olivieri, Cumberland (Tenn.); Mahlic Sallah, Campbellsville (Ky.); Tristan Bean, WVU Tech; Riley Williams, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Brooks Climmons, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Ethan Owen, Southeastern (Fla.); Erique Early, Indiana Tech; Alec Moore-Nash, Lourdes (Ohio)

2018-19 Wrestling Composite Award Winners

\Week 1 (Nov. 14): Eric Vermillion, Indiana Tech
Week 2 (Dec. 5): Chris Paulsen, Briar Cliff (Iowa)

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