Hrovat Named TheMat com Athlete of the Week

By John Fuller | April 21, 2004, 12 a.m. (ET)
Andy Hrovat (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC) has been named Athlete of the Week for the week of April 13-19. Each week, 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. Hrovat was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the men's freestyle East Regional Olympic Team Trials Qualifier in Brockport, N.Y. this past weekend. Hrovat won all five of his matches on his way to the gold medal at 84 kg/185 lbs. The win qualifies Hrovat for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Wrestling in Indianapolis, Ind., May 21-23. In the finals, Hrovat defeated Pat Popolizio 5-2 in overtime. Hrovat outscored his other opponents 23-1 and recorded one fall in the tournament. One of those victories was a 3-1 decision over Aaron Simpson. Earlier this year, Hrovat won the Boutiatyr Grand Prix in Russia and placed second at the Manitoba Open in Canada. Hrovat won the University National Championships twice (2001-02) and was a three-time NCAA All-American at the Univ. of Michigan (2000-02). THEMAT.COM ATHLETES OF THE WEEK FOR 2004 April 13-19 - Andy Hrovat (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC) April 6-12 - Lee Fullhart (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) March 30-April 5 - Nate Moore (Durango, Iowa) March 23-29 - Jon Trenge (Orefield, Pa./New York AC) March 16-22 - Matt Gentry (Grants Pass, Ore./Stanford) March 9-15 - Ryan Lewis (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) March 2-8 - Ben Askren (Hartland, Wis./Missouri) Feb. 24-March 1 - Brandon Paulson (Coon Rapids, Minn./Minnesota Storm) Feb. 17-23 - Alex Tsirtsis (Griffith, Ind.) Feb. 10-16 - Tyrone Lewis (El Reno, Okla./Oklahoma State) Feb. 3-9 - Eric Larkin (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) Jan. 27-Feb. 2 - Joe Williams (Iowa City, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) Jan. 20-26 - Sara McMann (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)