Lincoln – Junior Craig Brester has been selected as TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for March 3-9. Brester earns the honor after being named the Outstanding Wrestler of last Saturday’s Big 12 Championship and helping the Huskers earn a share of the title.
TheMat.com, the official site of USA Wrestling, selects an athlete of the week based on their performances within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the senior level.
On Saturday, Brester notched wins over two top-four opponents to win the 197-pound weight class in impressive fashion. The Howells, Neb., native supplied crucial points for Nebraska with a 4-3 decision over top-ranked Jake Varner of Iowa State. Brester scored a takedown with nine seconds remaining in the second period for a 3-1 lead. Varner tied the match with a third-period takedown before Brester scored an escape with 52 seconds left in the final period to supply the winning margin.
Brester began the day with a dominant 15-4 major decision over Missouri’s Max Askren in the semifinals. Brester scored three takedowns in the first two periods to take a 9-3 lead, and poured it on with two nearfalls in the final period. The win was Brester’s first career bonus-point victory against Askren.
This is the second time Brester has earned wrestler-of-the-week honors from TheMat.com. Brester and the Huskers end their season at the NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., on March 19-21.