Jenna Burkert selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | June 11, 2019, 11:53 a.m. (ET)

Photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com.

Jenna Burkert (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) has been selected as TheMat.com Athlete of the Week on June 11, 2019.

Burkert earned her spot on the 2019 Senior World Team with an impressive performance at Final X: Rutgers over the weekend. Wrestling at 57 kg, Burkert took on 2017 Senior World bronze medalist Becka Leathers in the best-of-three series.

Burkert wrapped up the series in only two matches and giving up only two points in 12 minutes with a 4-2 decision in the first round and a 5-0 shutout in the second round.

This fall in Kazakhstan, she will represent the United States for the second-straight year and third time overall at the Senior World Championships.

Burkert won the World Team Trials in 2014 for her first Senior Worlds appearance. Last year, she was a Final X runner-up but was given the nod to compete when 2018 Final X champion Alli Ragan went down with an injury.

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 tmiller@usawrestling.org.