ANGOLA, Ind. - Trine University senior wrestler Eli Larson (Chicago, Ill./Marion Catholic) was named the d3wrestle.com/WWSport.com Wrestler of the Week. Wrestling from the #2 seed, Larson won five matches in a row to win the championship at 157 lbs. at the Pete Wilson Wheaton Invitational. He scored a pair of first period falls and a pair of second period falls to reach the championship bout against All-American Dillon Bera of UW-Parkside, the #1 ranked wrestler in Division II and a 3rd place finisher at the 2012 DII Championships. Larson defeated Bera 5-4 to win the tournament. For his efforts, he was awarded the George Olson Most Outstanding Wrestler award and was also the winner of the Jack Schwartz Award for the most falls in the least amount of time.
Larson is currently the #1 ranked wrestler in Division III at 157 lbs. and sports a record of 13-1 for the season, with the only loss coming to Division I opponents. He is a two time All-American, finishing 3rd in 2011 and 4th in 2012. His career record stands at an impressive 114-20. Trine finishes out their schedule with a home meet this Thursday against Alma, a home meet next Tuesday against Manchester, and the following Saturday with the Mid-States tournament at Alma before heading to the Midwest Regional on March 2nd.