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Lindsey Durlacher named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for June 12-18



Lindsey Durlacher (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for June 12-18.

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.

Durlacher turned in one of the strongest performances of the weekend in winning the U.S. World Team Trials title in Greco-Roman wrestling earlier this month in Las Vegas.

Durlacher, a 2006 World bronze medalist, made his third straight U.S. World Team at 55 kg/121 lbs. by sweeping two straight matches from 2006 World University champion Spenser Mango in the final-round series at the World Team Trials.

Durlacher swept Mango 2-0, 2-0 in the first match and followed with a 2-0, 1-1 win in the second match. Durlacher came back strong at the World Team Trials after finishing second at April's U.S. Nationals.

Durlacher, 32, a past All-American for the University of Illinois, is part of a veteran and strong U.S. World Team in Greco-Roman that will take aim at the team title at September's World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. The seven-member U.S. World Team includes two World champions, three World bronze medalists and two fifth-place World finishers.

Durlacher turned in a superb performance at the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China. He went 4-1 in China, dropping only a close 5-3, 3-2 semifinal match to eventual champion Hamid Sourian of Iran. He rebounded from that loss to beat Venelin Venkov of Bulgaria 4-0, 2-0 to earn his first World-level medal.

Durlacher's strong performance helped the U.S. to a third-place finish in the team race at the 2006 World Championships.

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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