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Marion earns first conference honor

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 20, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa sophomore 141-pounder Montell Marion earned conference recognition on Tuesday, named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week for the first time in his career.

Against Oklahoma State on Jan. 16, Marion upset then-No. 5 Jamal Parks, 4-0, to help the top-ranked Hawkeyes win their 52nd-straight dual meet, 19-16, and hand the Cowboys their first loss of the season.

After scoring no points in the first period, he managed an escape and takedown before tallying a riding time point for the shut out.

The Des Moines native now stands seventh at 141 with a 12-2 record in collegiate competition and a 4-1 in dual meets this season. Prior to his matchup with Parks, Marion ranked No. 11 in the weight class.

This marks the third-straight week an Iowa grappler has earned the Big Ten laurel and the first time since the conference began awarding honor during the 2001-02 season that wrestlers from the same team have earned the honor in three-straight weeks.

Senior 149-pounder Brent Metcalf and senior 174-pounder Jay Borschel received recognition earlier this month.

— by Ryan Young


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