Tyler Graff named TheMat com Wrestler of the Week for Nov 29 Dec 5

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | Dec. 05, 2011, 2:23 p.m. (ET)
Tyler Graff (Loveland, Colo./New York AC) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Nov. 29-Dec. 5.

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.

Graff, a two-time All-American from Wisconsin, won the Men's Freestyle Olympic Trials Qualifier on Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Graff downed past World bronze medalist Martin Berberyan 2-0, 2-3, 1-0 in the finals at 60 kg/132 lbs. Berberyan, 31, a three-time Olympian and 2005 World bronze medalist for Armenia, recently became a U.S. citizen.

Graff was named Outstanding Wrestler. He now earns a spot in April's U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City.

Graff is taking an Olympic redshirt this season. He has two years of college eligibility remaining.

Graff made the U.S. Junior World Team in freestyle in 2007 and 2008.

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