Bonin Earns WWC Weekly Honors

OREM, Utah – University of Northern Iowa sophomore 157-pounder David Bonin (Broussard, La./Comeaux HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference’s Co-Wrestler of the Week as announced Tuesday by the league. Bonin shares the honor with Wyoming’s junior 125-pounder Michael Martinez.

Both Bonin and Martinez were recognized after defeating ranked opponents on the mat this past week.

Bonin scored a big victory over Northern Illinois’ No. 18-ranked Bryan Deutsch Friday evening, picking up a 14-4 major decision win in the Panthers 23-15 dual win over the Huskies.

After two quick takedowns from Deutsch to start the bout, Bonin scored a reversal and a three-point nearfall to take a 6-4 lead after the first period. That was the last time Bonin would allow Deutsch to score, as Bonin scored an escape, takedown and secured a second three-point nearfall along with a stalling point and a riding time point to earn the 14-4 victory.

With the win over Northern Illinois last Friday, UNI improved to 8-8 overall and remain unbeaten in conference duals at 2-0.

No. 18-ranked Martinez went 2-0 over the weekend, including a 3-1 win over North Dakota State’s No. 17-ranked Trent Sprenkle.

The conference award is the first of the season for both Bonin and Martinez.

The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its fifth year of competition, is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

Other Nominees:
Air Force: Cole VonOhlen, 141 pounds, So., (Jackson, Minn./Jackson County Central HS)
South Dakota State: Aaron Pickrel, 125 pounds, So., (Watertown, S.D./Watertown HS)

2010-11 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 16 – Cole Dallaserra (Wyoming)/Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Nov. 24 – Cole Dallaserra (Wyoming/Flint Ray (Utah Valley)
Dec. 1 – Vince Salminen (North Dakota State)
Dec. 7 – Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)
Dec. 14 – Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Dec. 21 – Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Jan. 5 – Ben Kjar (Utah Valley)
Jan. 11 – Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)
Jan. 18 – Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Jan. 25 – Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)
Feb. 1 – David Bonin (Northern Iowa)/Michael Martinez (Wyoming)

2010-11 Western Wrestling Conference Dual Standings
School Conf. Overall
Wyoming 3-0 9-4
Air Force 2-0 10-2
Northern Iowa 2-0 8-8
Utah Valley 1-1 3-2
Northern Colorado 1-2 1-8
North Dakota State 1-3 7-4
South Dakota State 0-4 1-11-1