CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Junior Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) of the Virginia wrestling team has been named the ACC Co-Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday with the release of its weekly honors.
Mueller, the nation’s fifth-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds, shared honors this week with 157 pounder Hayden Hidlay of NC State, the nation’s fourth-ranked wrestler at his weight class.
Mueller returned to the Virginia lineup in the Cavaliers’ dual at No. 6 Missouri (Dec.20) after the initial plan was for him to redshirt this season after representing the United States at the U23 World Games in freestyle.
In his five matches since returning to the mat for Virginia, Mueller has posted a 5-0 record with bonus-point victories in all five matches. The junior posted four wins by pinfall to start the season and lead the Cavaliers in duals with the sixth-ranked Tigers, West Virginia, No. 22 Utah Valley and SIUE. He then posted a major decision to get Virginia started in a dual against No. 21 Lehigh. His four falls came in a total of 7:44 as all came in the first period.
Virginia went 3-2 in those matches with wins over West Virginia, Utah Valley and SIUE, and including a tight dual with Missouri that saw the nationally-ranked Tigers rally in the last bout for a two-point victory over the Cavaliers.
The team will return to action this weekend at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va., in competition at the Virginia Duals (Jan. 11-12).