NORMAN, Okla. - Kendric Maple of the 10th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for the first week of 2013, announced Monday by the league office in Irving, Texas.
With the recognition, Maple has secured three conference honors in a single season for the second-straight year after he was named the Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 2 and Jan. 30 of the 2011-12 season and selected the Wrestler of the Month for November of 2011.
He was named the Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 11 and selected as the Wrestler of the Month for November to spark his 2012-13 campaign.
The honor - the sixth of Maple's career, comes after a two-week break from the holidays when the Wichita, Kan., native returned to the mat with a stellar performance at the 2012 Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill.
The redshirt junior went undefeated at the prestigious event with a 6-0 record on the weekend and the 141-pound title. En route to claiming his second Midlands title in as many years, Maple topped two top-five opponents in No. 4 Mitchell Port (Edinboro) with a 14-11 decision and No. 3 BJ Futrell (Illinois) with a 5-1 decision.
After his performance in Illinois, Maple returned to Norman for OU's first dual of 2013 and claimed a 12-0 major decision over Iowa State's Luke Goettl, ranked 14th out of all 141-pounders in the nation. His performance helped lead OU to its fifth dual victory of the season and sparked a four-match win streak against the Cyclones on the evening.
With his performances at Midlands and against Iowa State, Maple remains undefeated in 2012-13 with a 17-0 overall record and 7-0 mark in dual competition.
To date, he leads the Sooners in three separate categories dual competition: points scored (34), dual pins (3) and total dual nearfalls (7).
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