Wrestling / 285 pounds / Senior / Chicago, Ill.
Patrick Mulkerin is a senior heavyweight on the UChicago wrestling team. At Saturday's Elmhurst College Invitational, Mulkerin won the heavyweight bracket with a 4-0 record. He improved his season record to 17-10.
Head Coach Leo Kocher: "Pat put together an excellent tournament at Elmhurst. Heavyweights have to be pretty focused because so often their matches are determined by a single mistake. Pat was seeded third, but only gave up a total of six points in four matches, which means that Pat made sure that his opponents were the ones making the crucial mistakes. A very savvy job by a team leader and four-year veteran."
Teammate Joe Scheidt: "Before we were teammates at UChicago, Pat and I wrestled for the same club team in high school. He's always been one of the hardest-working athletes I know, always putting in extra work in the weight room or on the wrestling mat. Our team is a really tight-knit pack and Pat is one of the reasons for this; he's got a boisterous personality. As a heavyweight, Pat is the last man to wrestle during meets which means there can be a lot of pressure for him to win if it's a close dual meet. At the beginning of the year, Pat wasn't starting at heavyweight. But as we like to say in the wolf pack, there are 'no second bananas' and when the time came for Pat to step up due to injuries, he did so in a major way. I think he's wrestling the best he ever has right now and I'm excited to see where he takes the rest of his season."
Other OOC Nominees
Ryan Martin (Men's Basketball)
- Head Coach Mike McGrath: "Ryan has been hurt since early in the year with a back problem. Back issues are notoriously troublesome and this has been the case for Ryan. Challenges in identifying the problem and the rehab process can be vague and lingering. Ryan has dealt with challenge as well as any athlete I have seen. He has been a consummate teammate. I do not believe that he has missed any part of any practice since his injury and he has been incredibly diligent with his rehab. He is there for the team and his teammates every day and brings positive energy in the face of a very demoralizing situation. He has been a great maroon. During the recruiting process and before his injury, Ryan was identified as a player who could have a big impact on our program and he was displaying that prior to being hurt. We are excited to see the more significant things he can do when he is healthy, but in the meantime, he has been awesome."
John McCormick (Men's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "I thought John had a really outstanding first meet of the season as a double winner of the long jump and triple jump. His triple jump performance is the second-best ever recorded by a first-year at Chicago and the fifth-best long jump ever recorded by a first-year. He also cracked our all-time top 10 in the triple, going to No. 5 on that list."
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