Isaiah White Wins Big Ten Wrestler of the Week
Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska junior Isaiah White (165 pounds) has been named the Co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, along with Ohio State’s Myles Martin. White, a native of Chicago, Ill., is coming off of his best performance as a Husker this past weekend at the Cliff Keen Invitational. He played an instrumental role in helping his team earn a third-place finish out of 43 teams, NU’s highest finish in Las Vegas since 2013-14.
White took the 165-pound title in a challenging bracket. He went 5-0 on the weekend, defeating three top-15 opponents in five bouts on his way to becoming Nebraska’s first champion at the tournament since Robert Kokesh in 2014. The former Notre Dame College (Ohio) transfer won his last four bouts by decision after earning a major decision victory over North Carolina’s Joshua McClure (16-5) in the Round of 32.
He followed up his first round victory by defeating Ohio State’s Kaleb Romero in a 7-1 decision in the Sweet 16. Ranked No. 10 in the country by InterMat’s rankings, White advanced to the quarterfinals to take on No. 12 Joey Gunther (Ill.). He grinded out a 7-3 decision to move on to Saturday’s semifinals.
In the semis, White matched up with No. 5 Logan Massa of Michigan in a bout between two of the Big Ten’s best at 165-pounds. After losing in sudden victory to Massa last season, White avenged that defeat by earning a 6-2 decision to advance to the title match. A second period escape put White up 1-0. After starting out on top in the third period, White rode out Mekhi Lewis (Va. Tech) the entire third period to gain a second point for riding time, winning by decision, 2-0.
Isaiah White is Nebraska’s second Big Ten Wrestler of the Week of the year, as redshirt freshman Mikey Labriola won it after his undefeated performance at the Northeast Duals on Nov. 10. Before this season, the last Husker to win Big Ten Wrestler of the Week was Robert Kokesh, who earned the honor as a senior in 2014-15.
White holds a 6-3 record this season and holds four victories over top 20 opponents.