Gregg Stensgard named TheMat com Wrestler of the Week

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | Sept. 24, 2012, 11:08 a.m. (ET)
Gregg Stensgard (Vernal, Utah/Veterans Team USA) has been named Wrestler of the Week.

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.

Stensgard claimed a gold medal at 85 kg/187 lbs. in Div. D (51-55 years old) in Greco-Roman at the Veterans World Championships this past Wednesday in Budapest, Hungary.

Stensgard won four matches on the way to the title, defeating Hehadziv Rudziak of Belarus in the championship finals.

Stensgard had his toughest two bouts right off the bat, beating past Veterans World champion Wilhelm Schroeder of Germany in the first round, then stopping Ari Markola of Sweden in the quarterfinals. His semifinal win was over Endel Uppin of Estonia.

Stensgard joins a short list of U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers who have won World Veterans titles, joining California natives Valentin Kalika and Ronald Hughes as Veterans champions in the style.

Note: To nominate a wrestler for Wrestler of the Week, send the athlete's name, accomplishments for the week and career accomplishments to Craig Sesker at