Iowa's Alex Marinelli named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Cody Goodwin
Hawk Central

Alex Marinelli's debut weekend was good enough for a couple of weekly accolades.

Marinelli, Iowa's redshirt freshman 165-pounder, was named the Big Ten's Wrestler of the Week after collecting two wins over the weekend.

Iowa 165-pounder Alex Marinelli is a special talent, but Hawkeye coach Tom Brands remains patient in getting him into the starting lineup. For now, Kaleb Young is the guy at that weight.

The St. Paris Graham product wrestled for the first time in a Hawkeye singlet Friday against Rutgers. There, Marinelli beat Richie Lewis, the Scarlet Knights' fourth-ranked 157-pounder, 6-4, thanks to a takedown in overtime, part of a 23-15 Iowa victory.

Then, two days later, against Maryland, Marinelli racked up three takedowns and secured a first-period fall over Brendan Burnham in the Hawkeyes' 40-6 victory. It was Marinelli's first-career pin.

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Marinelli is Iowa's second Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honoree, as 157-pounder Michael Kemerer was given the accolade on Nov. 28. The conference award comes just a day after The Open Mat named Marinelli its College Wrestler of the Week.

The Open Mat also named Fort Dodge senior Brody Teske their High School Wrestler of the Week. Teske won the 126-pound title at the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic over the weekend, where he beat Underwood's Alex Thomsen in a battle of unbeaten Iowa prep wrestlers.

The Hawkeyes are off until Dec. 29-30, when they will compete at the Midlands Championships in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.