Padilla Earns Big 12 Wrestler of the Week
Feb. 20, 2017

Padilla turns #25 Torres to his back for near fall points
Padilla turns #25 Torres to his back for near fall points

Irving, Texas - Air Force’s Ricky Padilla (165 pounds) and West Virginia’s Dylan Cottrell (165 pounds) pick up the final Big 12 Co-Wrestler of the Week honor of the season. Padilla’s award marks the first weekly accolade for Air Force since joining the conference. 

Co-Wrestlers OF THE WEEK

Ricky Padilla, Air Force, Fr., Covina, Calif.

  • Made his dual meet debut against No. 25 Keilan Torres of Northern Colorado and recorded a 10-3 victory.
  • Mustered an explosive third period, scoring nine points from two take downs, four near fall points and an escape in the final minute of the bout.
  • Cut the Bears lead down to three, ultimately facilitating Air Force’s 20-15 comeback win over Northern Colorado.


Dylan Cottrell, West Virginia, Sr., Spencer, W. Va.

  • Ranking No. 11/19, Cottrell went 2-0 on the weekend to move to 15-4 with a three-match win streak.
  • Cottrell won a 9-3 decision over No. 12/9 Austin Matthews. Helped the Mountaineers to a 22-10 win over Clarion with a 5-1 win over Evan Delong.
  • He finished the weekend with five take downs, a pair of near fall points and two points for riding time. 

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