Bryce Meredith named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Dec. 19, 2017, 2:46 p.m. (ET)

Bryce Meredith (University of Wyoming) has been selected as TheMat.com Athlete of the Week on December 19, 2017.

Meredith, a 2016 NCAA runner-up and 2017 All-American, won the 141-pound bracket at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday in Reno, Nev.

Entering the tournament as the No. 2 seed, Meredith pinned his way to the semifinals, tallying three first-period falls for a total of 3:39 spent on the mat in his opening three matches, collectively.

In the semifinals, he took on No. 5 Jaydin Eierman of Missouri in a top-five matchup, where fourth-ranked Meredith emerged with a 3-2 victory.

The finals pitted Meredith against his long-time friend and familiar foe No. 2 Kevin Jack of North Carolina State. The two met earlier in the year at the NWCA All-Star Classic, where Jack grabbed an 8-7 win.

Meredith went on to avenge the loss on Sunday, defeating Jack, 4-3, to win the championship at 141 pounds.

The Wyoming Cowboy will face two-time NCAA champion and top-ranked wrestler Dean Heil of Oklahoma State on Tuesday night in a dual.

Each week USA Wrestling 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.

To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete’s name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Manager of Communications Richard Immel at rimmel@usawrestling.org.