Long Takes His First Big 12 Weekly Honor
IRVING, Texas - Iowa State's Andrew Long has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, it was announced Monday by the Big 12 Conference. This is the first league honor of Long’s career.
ISU redshirt freshman 125-pounder Long had an outstanding holiday break. Long was seeded fourth heading into the prestigious Midlands Championships Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill. After advancing due to forfeit in the initial round, the Creston, Iowa, native reeled off three straight pins. After sticking Seth Wright (New Mexico-Highlands) in 3:27 and Matt Steintrager (Central Michigan) in 2:15, Long recorded his third fall over top-seeded Brandon Precin. Long stuck the redshirting Northwestern All-American at the 4:20 mark. The Iowa Stater fell in the tournament finals to Iowa’s Matt McDonough in overtime, 9-7 (SV).
The Cyclone followed his Midlands runner-up finish with another impressive victory at Minnesota Jan. 3. Long, ranked 13th according to Intermat, took down No. 3 Zach Sanders of Minnesota by decision, 8-4. Sanders, who placed sixth at last year’s NCAA Championships, had no answer for Long’s continual offensive attack. The Iowa Stater iced the bout with a late third-period takedown. With a 6-4 lead late in the final period, Long went straight at his Gopher opponent for his third takedown of the match to win by decision, 8-4.
Long advances his record to 15-2 in his freshman campaign. He holds a 3-1 mark in dual action.
This is the second Big 12 weekly honor received by a Cyclone this season. Long's teammate Jake Varner(197) notched league accolades Dec. 21.
2009-10 Big 12 Wrestlers of the Week/Month
November: Eric Lapotsky, Oklahoma, Sr. 197
Dec. 7: Alex Meade, Oklahoma State, Fr., 165
Dec. 14: Craig Brester, Nebraska, Sr., 197
Dec. 21: Jake Varner, Iowa State, Sr., 197
Jan. 4: Andrew Long, Iowa State, Fr., 125