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UVU wrestling: Dennison named Big 12 Co-Wrestler of the Week

Utah Valley heavyweight Dustin Dennison was named the Big 12 Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week on Monday after going 1-0 last week with a victory by fall over Boise State's Gabriel Gonzalez on Dec. 10.
Utah Valley heavyweight Dustin Dennison was named the Big 12 Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week on Monday after going 1-0 last week with a victory by fall over Boise State's Gabriel Gonzalez on Dec. 10.
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Utah Valley University heavyweight Dustin Dennison and North Dakota State 125-pounder Josh Rodriguez have been named the Big 12 Conference Co-Wrestlers of the Week for the week of Dec. 5-11. This marks the first Big 12 weekly honor for both athletes.

Dennison (Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove HS) picked up Utah Valley's first weekly award of the season after defeating Boise State's Gabriel Gonzalez by fall in UVU's dual against the Broncos on Saturday. The Wolverine junior managed to pin BSU's Gonzalez in just 1:09 to earn six team points and put an end to Utah Valley's five-match losing streak in the contest. With the victory, Dennison improves to 9-3 on the season and 2-1 in dual matches. The contest also marked Dennison's fourth win of the year by fall.

Rodriguez (Guadalupe, California/Righetti HS) helped the Bison record a pair of dual victories last week by picking up bonus-point wins in both of his matches. The fifth-ranked NDSU senior first defeated Maryland's Michael Beck by technical fall (24-9) before closing his weekend with a fall over George Mason's Trevor Mello. The two-time NCAA qualifier improves to a perfect 10-0 on the season and 7-0 in dual meets with the victories.

Dennison and the Wolverines remain in dual action this week when they welcome Pac-12 foe Oregon State to town for their home opener on Thursday, Dec. 15. The Big 12 versus Pac-12 showdown begins at 7 p.m., at UVU's newly named Lockhart Arena (formerly UVU's PE Building).

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.