Wrestling / 141 pounds / First Year / St. Charles, Ill.
Major: Common Year
Ryan Fleck is a first-year on the UChicago wrestling team. At Wheaton College's Pete Willson Invitational, Fleck went 6-1 to capture third place at the 141-pound weight class. He improved his season record to 7-2.
Head Coach Leo Kocher: "Ryan has been mostly sidelined in his college career with a couple of injuries and illness. He entered the very tough Wheaton tournament with a record of one win and one loss. After losing in Wheaton’s first round, Ryan won six-straight matches, including a win over his firs- round loss opponent in the match for third place. A true accomplishment for someone who entered with only two college matches under his belt."
Teammate Griffin Seyfried: "My first thought when I saw that Ryan got athlete of the week was: 'How hasn’t he already won that', and I thought through how his season has been. Ryan has been injured too many times to count: he sprained both of his ankles, bit a hole through his lip, and acted as a petri dish for some of the gnarliest mat diseases. The entire time he was injured, he never missed a practice or a lift, and was constantly in the trainers room for rehab. Ryan’s commitment to wrestling is inspiring. When I watched him tool the previously tenth-ranked guy in the country, I was shocked by the progress Ryan was able to make in spite of his challenges."
Other OOC Nominees
Andrew Kates (Men's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Andy had a very nice fall cross country season, but at the end of the year had a disappointing finish at the NCAAs due to sickness. I feel that he has responded well to that disappointment by coming into the track season more ready than in any other season. He has been running consistently well this season and this past weekend had his second victory of the winter - this time at the 5,000-meter distance with a solid early-season time that currently places him second in the UAA on the performance lists. Andy has shown great finishes in his meets so far this season, and while I would like to see him gain more confidence to go to the front sooner, he has closed really well."
Logan Sherwin (Men's Swimming & Diving)
- Head Diving Coach Becky Benson: "Logan put a three-meter dive list together that showed me, in one meet, all the progress he has made this season."
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