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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 11/14/2023, Last updated: 11/15/2023
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Penn State and Wisconsin Share Wrestler of the Week Honor

Nittany Lions’ Van Ness and Badgers’ Hamiti split Wrestler of the Week plaudit after each posting perfect records on the weekend

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Co-Wrestlers of the Week

Shayne Van Ness, Penn State

149 pounds – So. – Somerville, N.J. – Blair Academy

  • Rolled to a 3-0 record at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic, with all his victories coming by first-period pin

  • Pinned Army West Point's Eddie Hummel at 2:06 in his first bout, Bloomsburg's Cade Balestrini at the 2:58 mark in his second and notched a third straight first-period fall in his final bout against Lehigh's Kelvin Griffin (1:30)

  • Wrestled a total of 6:34 minutes (of a possible 21:00) and improved to 3-0 on the season

  • Earns the second Wrestler of the Week Award of his career and his first of the season

  • Last Penn State Wrestler of the Week: Shayne Van Ness (Feb. 15, 2023)

Dean Hamiti, Wisconsin

165 pounds – Jr. – Joliet, Ill. – Joliet Catholic Academy

  • Earned his first tournament title of the season at the 2023 Michigan Open with a 4-0 record at 165 pounds in the men's open competition

  • Ranked No. 4 in the country, Hamiti opened the event with two back-to-back pins against Tyler Swiderski of Central Michigan (2:21) and Beau Mantanona of Michigan (1:47)

  • Recorded an 11-1 major decision over 30th-ranked Cael Carlson of Oklahoma in the semifinals before claiming the championship with a dominant 15-0 shutout tech fall of No. 10 Caleb Fish of Michigan State

  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns the first Wrestler of the Week Award of his career

  • Last Wisconsin Wrestler of the Week: Austin Gomez (Nov. 22, 2022)

2023-24 Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Nov. 8: Rocco Welsh, Fr., OSU

Nov. 14: Shayne Van Ness, So., PSU/ Dean Hamiti, Jr., WIS