Gabe Dean (Lowell, Mich./Cornell University) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week.
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.
Dean knocked off two-time NCAA champion Ed Ruth of Penn State in the Southern Scuffle finals on Jan. 2 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Dean, a freshman, earned a 7-4 win over the top-ranked Ruth in the 184-pound finals. The win snapped Ruth’s 84-match winning streak.
Dean has had a strong season, also winning the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas. He is ranked No. 2 nationally at 184.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 firstname.lastname@example.org