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Sam Hazewinkel named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for April 3-9



Sam Hazewinkel (Pensacola, Fla./Gator WC) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for April 3-9.

Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level. The announcement will be made each week on Wednesday.

Hazewinkel was named Outstanding Wrestler in Greco-Roman wrestling at the U.S. Nationals after knocking off World University champion Spenser Mango and World bronze medalist Lindsey Durlacher on April 7 in Las Vegas.

The unseeded Hazewinkel beat the second-seeded Mango 0-8, 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals before he downed the top-seeded Durlacher 2-1, 3-1 in the finals at 55 kg/121 lbs.

Hazewinkel, who last month became a four-time All-American for the University of Oklahoma, finished second behind Durlacher at the 2005 and 2006 U.S. World Team Trials. Hazewinkel also won the U.S. Nationals in 2005.

Hazewinkel rebounded to win in Las Vegas just two weeks after falling 3-1 in overtime to Nebraska's Paul Donahoe in the NCAA finals at 125 pounds.

Note: To nominate a wrestler for TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week, send the athlete's name, accomplishments for the week and career accomplishments to Craig Sesker at csesker@usawrestling.org
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