Sarasin and Xu Garner UAA Athlete of the Week Awards

Ben Sarasin and Joshua Xu
Ben Sarasin and Joshua Xu

CHICAGO University of Chicago's Ben Sarasin and Joshua Xu were each honored with Athlete of the Week accolades by the University Athletic Association (UAA) on Monday afternoon.

Sarasin was the UAA Wrestler of the Week in the wake of his regional weight class victory. The first-year grappler went 4-0 to capture the 174-pound title at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional over the weekend. The title automatically qualifies him for the upcoming NCAA Division III Championships.

Sarasin won his matches with a second-period pin, a 15-5 major decision and an 11-9 decision before receiving a medical forfeit in the final. He improved his season record to 29-6.

Xu received UAA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week status for the first time in his career. The UChicago rookie helped lead UChicago to its first-ever Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Team Indoor Championship on Sunday. The Maroons defeated Case Western Reserve University 6-3, Washington University – St. Louis 5-4 and Emory University 5-3.

Xu went 3-0 at No. 6 singles and 2-1 at No. 3 doubles on the weekend. He did not drop more than four games in any of his three singles matches. His season record now stands at 12-2 in singles and 14-4 in doubles.