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January 30 - February 5
Mark Vanden Hoogen of Lakeland College
...Junior...285 pounds...Green Bay, Wis. (East)...
Vanden Hoogen took seventh place at Wheaton College's Pete Wilson Invite last weekend. His seventh place finish was out of 23 wrestlers in the 285 pound weight-class. The junior defeated his opponents from Knox College and Messiah College in the first two rounds, and then defeated Tom Nero from the University of Chicago, 11-7 in the seventh place match.

Other nominees: none


January 23-29
Jonas Flok of Lakeland College
...Freshman...157 pounds...Egg Harbor, Wis. (Sevastopol)...
Flok improved his record to 16-10 with a first period pin over Concordia University's Brandon Werner at 2:14. The Muskies (11-8, 2-1 LMC) defeated Concordia, 26-16, in a Lake Michigan Conference dual last Thursday.

Other nominees: none


January 16-22
Kevin Koch of Concordia University
...Senior...141 pounds...Edgar, Wis. (Edgar)...
Senior Kevin Koch won his class at the Wisconsin Private College Tournament this past Saturday at 141 pounds, and was voted Outstanding Wrestler of the meet. Koch opened with an 8-1 decision over Lakeland's Kory Thell, and the defeated MSOE's Ryan Forbes, 10-3, in the semifinals, Koch then defeated his opponent from North Central to take a 2-1 decision in the final. Koch improved his season record to 22-4, while the Falcons finished sixth in the event.

Other nominees: Mark Vanden Hoogen (Lakeland).


January 9-15
Kevin Koch of Concordia University
...Senior...141 pounds...Edgar, Wis. (Edgar)...
Koch placed fourth at the 42nd annual North Central College Invitational last weekend. Koch went 4-2 in the tournament, including a pin over his Millikin opponent and a 11-3 major decision over MSOE's Ryan Forbes.

Other nominees: Tim O'Connor (MSOE).


January 2-8
Tim Vallier of Lakeland College
...Senior...174 pounds...Gladstone, Mich. (Gladstone)...
Vallier was 3-1 last week at the Knox Duals with all three of his victories coming off pins in the first period. Vallier defeated his opponents from Wheaton College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in under a minute. He also pinned his opponent from host Knox College at the three-minute mark. His lone loss was to his opponent from the University of Dubuque via pin at 3:12. The Muskies went 3-1 at the event bringing their season record to 10-7.

Other nominees: none


December 19-25
Matt Benson of Lakeland College
...Junior...285 pounds...Random Lake, Wis. (Random Lake)...
Benson went 2-0 at the Desert Duals in Las Vegas on December 19 defeating his opponents from Central College of Iowa and Luther College. The Muskies (7-6, 1-0 LMC) defeated Central and Luther, but fell to Coe College and Simpson College (Iowa) at the Las Vegas event.

Other nominees: none


December 5-11
Paul Hartt of Lakeland College
...Sophomore...184 Pounds...Port Charlotte, Fla. (Charlotte)...
Hartt recorded a pin at 4:11 over Maranatha Baptist's Clint Ifland, where the Muskies (5-4, 1-0) defeated Maranatha 60-0. Hartt then defeated Brandon Conley of UW-Platteville, 8-3, later in the week where Lakeland defeated the Pioneers 21-15.

Other nominees: none


November 28-December 4
Lee Sparks of Lakeland College
...Senior...197 Pounds...Otsego, Mich. (Otsego)...
Sparks started off the week with a 8-2 victory over Mitch Szwet of UW-Stevens Point in a 21-12 Muskie loss. Sparks then went 3-0 at the MSOE Invite to claim the championship at his weight class. He recorded a major decision over Derek Knobeloch of Knoxville College, 18-8, and had pins over  Eric Dardanes of Lawrence and Tucker Surbrook of Olivet College. The Muskies (2-4) placed second at the MSOE Invite.

Other nominees: Tyler Knutson (MSOE).


November 21-27
Casey Klister of Lakeland College
...Freshman...133 Pounds...DePere, Wis. (Wrightstown)...
Klister defeated Scott Sigmund, 8-4, improving his record to 4-1 in his rookie season. The Muskies (2-3) fell to UW-Whitewater, 25-10, in the match.

Other nominees: none


November 14-20
Calvin O'Neal of Lakeland College
...Sophomore...174 Pounds...Sterling Heights, Mich. (Pontiac Central)...
The Muskies (2-2) defeated UW-Oshkosh, 30-10, last week including O'Neal's 7-5 defeat of his UW-Oshkosh opponent, Adam Dorner.

Other nominees: none


November 7-13
Joe Fields of Milwaukee School of Engineering
...Senior...174 pounds...Farnhamville, Iowa (Prairie Valley)...
Fields started off the season 3-0, winning all three of his matches at the Lakeland Duals in convincing fashion. The senior grappler defeated his counterparts from UW-Eau Claire and Cornell College in major decisions, 13-3 and 12-4, respectively. Fields also defeated his opponent from Manchester College, 10-5. The Raiders went 1-2 at the event, defeating UW-Eau Claire 16-13, and losing to Cornell and Manchester.

Other nominees: Brian Whittington (Concordia), Calvin O'Neal (Lakeland).

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