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THOMAS NAMED BIG 12 WRESTLER OF THE WEEK

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THOMAS NAMED BIG 12 WRESTLER OF THE WEEK soonersports.com

OU Athletics Communications Press Release

NORMAN — Oklahoma redshirt senior Justin Thomas was named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas, ranked No. 10 in the country entering his match with Oklahoma State's No. 15 Wyatt Sheets on Sunday afternoon, took control of the match early and then used a late third-period takedown to earn a major decision for the Sooners, winning 13-5. The win over Sheets comes two weeks after the 157-pounder defeated Sheets, then ranked eighth in the season's first edition of Bedlam. 

It's the 51st wrestler of the week honor for an Oklahoma wrestler, the third-most in the conference. It's Thomas' second weekly honor of the season as he bookends the 2021 regular season with the accolade. He joins Dom Demas (2019), Kendric Maple (2013), Teyon Ware (2003) and Michael Lightner (2001) as the only Sooners to win the league's wrestler of the week twice in a season. 

Thomas and the Sooners next hit the mat on March 6-7, when they travel to Tulsa, Okla., for the Big 12 Championships, where Thomas finished as the runner-up in 2019.