Dec. 19, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mid-American Conference named Missouri's Nathan McCormick `Wrestler of the Week' for the week of December 10th. McCormick, a senior from Leawood, Kansas, was a perfect 2-0 at the inaugural Grapple at the Garden this past weekend in New York.
McCormick defeated No. 8 Naryman Arujau of Cornell by major decision, 11-3 in Mizzou's first dual, followed by a 5-2 decision over No. 19 Nick Wilcox of Bloomsburg at Madison Square Garden this past weekend. The Mizzou senior got off to a quick start against Arujau, with 2 takedowns in the first period, and added another takedown in the third period along with four back points. The No. 8 Arujau was only able to muster a few escapes in the bout. In his match against Wilcox, McCormick tallied two takedowns in the first period once again en route to the victory.
McCormick is now 15-1 on the young season, with his only loss coming at the hands of No. 1-ranked Logan Steiber of Ohio State. Steiber defeated McCormick by major decision in the championship round at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational back on December 1st. McCormick started the 2012-13 campaign ranked 8th in most polls and has since climbed his way to 6th place. He holds a 72-40 career record as a Missouri Tiger.
This is McCormick's first weekly conference honor in his collegiate career. Recently, he graduated with a degree in in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. He plans to attend graduate school to further his degree and receive his MBA.
Missouri's wrestling program joined the Mid-American Conference prior to the 2012 season after the University left the Big 12 and joined the Southeastern Conference.