Pat Lugo selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | June 30, 2020, 2:34 p.m. (ET)

Photo by Justin Hoch, jhoch.com.

Pat Lugo (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye WC) has been selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week on June 30, 2020.

As the co-main event of last weekend’s Rumble on the Rooftop, one of the first wrestling events since March, Lugo took on former Ohio State wrestler Luke Pletcher, who now trains at the Pittsburgh RTC.

Lugo, a multiple-time All-American and 2020 Big Ten champion at 149 pounds, shut out fellow 2020 Big Ten champion (141 lbs.) Pletcher with a 5-0 decision, tallying three step-outs and a second-period takedown.

The event marked both wrestlers’ first competitions since their senior NCAA seasons were cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 Manager of Communications Taylor Miller at tmiller@usawrestling.org.