Ward Is Latest Cyclone Honored By Big 12
IRVING, Texas - Iowa State's Jerome Ward has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, it was announced by the conference Monday. This is the first Conference honor of Ward’s career.
Cyclone 184-pounder Jerome Ward went a pristine 4-0 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10 in Cedar Falls, Iowa in the UNI Dome. Ward’s spotless record is even more impressive when you consider the opponents he downed en route to the mark. The sophomore Iowa Stater turned away 2008 NCAA Champion Mike Pucillo of Ohio State by a score of 5-3 in the National Duals semifinal matchup. ISU downed Ohio State 23-9 in the dual.
Ward’s hot streak continued into the event finale against intrastate rival, Iowa. Ward, an NCAA qualifier at 184 pounds last season, needed an extra period of time to defeat sixth-ranked Hawkeye Phillip Keddy, but Ward needed only three seconds of the period. Ward finished off Keddy with a double-leg takedown immediately into the sudden-victory period to secure the victory.
Ward stands at 15-3 on his sophomore campaign, with a 7-0 mark in duals.
This is the third consecutive league honor earned by a Cyclone grappler this season. Iowa Staters Jake Varner (Dec. 21) and Andrew Long (Jan. 4) received previous accolades.
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
Jan. 11: Jerome Ward, Iowa State, So., 184