Taylor Lujan
Taylor Lujan defeated Dylan Urbach in Sunday’s dual against North Dakota State.

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IRVING, Texas – UNI sophomore Taylor Lujan earns UNI’s first Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors since the Panthers joined the league this season.

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 win 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, 1-0 in Big 12 duals.

Lujan is a business major from Carrollton, Georgia.

He is just the third wrestler to earn the honor this season:

  • Nov. 8 – Nick Piccinninni / 125 pounds / Oklahoma State
  • Nov. 15 – Yoanse Mejias / 165 pounds / Oklahoma
  • Nov. 22 – Taylor Lujan / 174 pounds / UNI