Former Carrollton standout and current University of Northern Iowa sophomore grappler Taylor Lujan was honored as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week on Wednesday, making history as the first Panther to ever earn the honor, as UNI joined the league just this year.
Lujan's wins last weekend pushed him up to No. 6 in the nation at 174 pounds in Trackwrestling's rankings. He had two wins in UNI's dual openers. His weekend started with a 5-3 decision over Cornell's then-ranked No. 6 All-American Brandon Womack, who took eighth at the 2017 Division I National Championships.
Lujan's win in the Panthers' home opener was critical to UNI's 21-19 victory over North Dakota State. He notched eight takedowns in his attack against Dylan Urbach before pinning him in 5 minutes, 59 seconds. It was Lujan's third fall of the season.
He remains perfect at 9-0 overall, 2-0 in duals and 1-0 in Big 12 duals.