Athletes of the Week-November 13, 2017

Wrestling
Jesse Gross
Mount Union 
Senior
165 pounds
Norwalk, Ohio/St. Paul

Gross led the way for the Raiders with a first place finish at 165 pounds at the Mount Union Invitational. Gross defeated Nick Vandermeer (Lake Erie) in the quarterfinals and Nate Ross (Gannon) in the finals match; Vandermeer and Ross are the #7 and #10 wrestlers in Division II, respectively. Gross's performance led him to be named the invitiational's outstanding wrestler.


Swimming
Carmen Ferrante
John Carroll
Freshman
Highland Hts./Mayfield

Ferrante helped the Blue Streaks to a win over Ohio Northrn by taking first place in the 100 freestyle (55.2) and second place in the 200 freestyle (02:01.4). She swam the fouth leg on the winning 400 free relay (3:45.58, 55.75). This is the second time Ferrante has earned athlete of the week honors this season. 


Swimming 
Tyler Fry
Mount Union
Senior
Massillon, Ohio/Washington

Fry placed first in the 100 freestyle (49.53) and 200 freestyle (1:49.94) to help lead the Purple Raiders past Oberlin, 163-97. Fry also anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team (3:24.1).

 

Football-Offense
Logan Stepp
Otterbein
Quaterback
West Jefferson, Ohio/West Jefferson

Stepp threw for 203 yards (17-of-24) with three touchdowns and rushed 135 yards on 13 attemps with two touchdowns to lead the Cardinals past Mareitta, 48-14. Stepp became the first player in OAC history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in the same season regular-season.

 

Football-Defense
Zach Schmerge
Ohio Norther
Senior
Linebacker
Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta

Schmerge has a game-high 12 tackles (four solo), .5 sack and recovered a fumble in ONU's 42-25 win over Baldwin-Wallace to cloe the season. 

 

Football-Special Teams 
Michael Canganelli
John Carroll
Freshman
Kick Return
Mayfield,Ohio/Mayfield 

Canganelli broke a school record with 209 kick return yards in a 31-27 loss at Mount Union. He opend the first half with 64 yard return to set up JCU's first touchdown. Canganelli also opened the second half with a 95-yard return and made three tackles on special teams coverage. 

 

 

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