Joe Rau named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Nov. 27, 2018, 5:16 p.m. (ET)

Joe Rau (Chicago, Ill./Minnesota Storm/Chicago RTC) has been selected as Athlete of the Week on Nov. 27, 2018.

Rau is fresh off a Greco-Roman gold-medal performance at the SA Lavrikov Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, last weekend.

Going 4-0 at the event, Rau tallied three wins by technical fall and a win by injury default. The tech-fall victories came en route to the tournament finals. For gold, Rau had his hand raised in a medical forfeit as his opponent cited a back injury.

In addition to Rau, five other wrestlers medaled, all picking up bronzes in Russia.

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. Twitter fan votes also play a part in decision.

To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete's name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Communications Coordinator Taylor Miller at