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College Wrestling: Iowa State’s Johnson named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week after beating second-ranked wrestler

AMES, Iowa – Paniro Johnson has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

AMES, Iowa – Paniro Johnson has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

The freshman went 2-0 on the weekend at 149 pounds and defeated the Wisconsin’s No. 2 Austin Gomez, 9-4. Gomez, last year’s Big Ten Champion, tried a big move early in the match but Johnson held his own and used two third period-takedowns to secure the victory.

Johnson and the No. 14 Cyclones defeated No. 12 Wisconsin, 26-6, to win the Battle in the River City.

Johnson also picked up a win against Little Rock’s Joseph Bianchi, 3-2, in his first match as a Cyclone.

The Erie, Pennsylvania native moves up to No. 12 in the 197-pound rankings according to InterMat.

Iowa State will wrestle its home opener against California Baptist Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum. The dual will be shown live on ESPN+.

Single-match tickets are on sale, here.

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