BUFFALO, NY - Following a six-win effort at the Reno Tournament of Champions Sunday, senior Jimmy Hamel was named the conference's wrestler of the week for December 6-12, the Mid-American Conference announced from its offices in Cleveland this morning. This is Hamel's third weekly honor in his time with the team.
Hamel had an impressive day at Reno, finishing third overall after losing only one match and winning six others. The Natick, MA native opened the day with a wins over Ty Vinson of Oregon State and Spence Patrick of Stanford by decision before his first loss. He battled through the wrestle-backs, starting with a win over the third-seed in the tournament, Austin Trotman of Appalachian State. He then won a 3-2 decision over Mac Mancuso of West Virginia and a 5-3 decision over Taylor Meeks of North Carolina to set up a rematch with Jason McCroskey of Chattanooga, who had handed him his only loss of the tournament. Hamel took a 5-3 decision to end his day on a high note.
He is now 20-9 for the season and his 108 career wins moved him in to sole possession of third place in program history, passing Mark Budd. Hamel needs only six more wins to move to the number two position as Gary Cooper currently holds the spot with 113 wins.
The team will take a week off before facing Binghamton and the United States Merchant Marine Academy to ring in the New Year Jan. 2. Buffalo currently sits at 3-2 in dual meets and hopes to get an important win over the Bearcats who are receiving votes in the most recent NWCA/ USA Today wrestling top 25.