Victory over top-ranked opponent earns Schiller a share of the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Award
The Big Ten today announced that Gopher Wrestling’s Scott Schiller earned Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week honors. For Schiller, a two-time All-American who began his redshirt senior season last weekend, this is his third career Wrestler of the Week award from the Big Ten conference.
Schiller earned the honor with an exciting comeback victory against then-No. 1 J’Den Cox of Missouri when the two faced off in the 197 bout at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic in Philadelphia. After Cox built a 3-0 lead early in the second period, Schiller rallied to tie the score at three before winning the match 5-3 in sudden victory overtime by successfully executing his second single-leg takedown of the match.
After placing third at the NCAA Championships last season, Schiller entered this year ranked No. 2 in the country behind Cox. Following last Saturday’s match, Schiller has moved into the top spot in the national rankings.
Schiller hails from West Fargo, N.D. and has been exceptional throughout his Gopher career. Over the two previous seasons, Schiller is 53-11, including a 15-1 mark in Big Ten duals. He began last season by winning 24 consecutive matches, a streak which included a victory over then-No. 1 Taylor Meeks of Oregon State.
Schiller shared the conference’s Wrestler of the Week with Mike McMullan of Northwestern. Prior to today, the last Gopher to earn this honor was Dylan Ness (Feb. 18, 2014).
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Schiller and his Gopher teammates will return to the mat this coming Saturday (Nov. 8) at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D.
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