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    Backes receives Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors

    IRVING, Texas -- The Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday that Iowa State senior 197-pounder Kurt Backes has been named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for his performances against Rider and at Missouri last weekend. It is the second time in his career that Backes has received the honor.

    Backes, ranked ninth nationally, downed 14th-rated T.J. Morrison of Rider with an 8-3 decision Friday in Hilton Coliseum as part of Iowa State's 38-6 win over the Broncs. Backes then pinned Missouri's top-ranked and previously unbeaten Max Askren in 3:11, as the third-rated Cyclones recorded a 27-12 dual victory at No. 2 Missouri Sunday. The pin was Backes' fifth of the season. Backes' season mark stands at 21-4 and he leads Iowa State with four wins by technical fall.

    Backes was named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week last season after he registered a major decision over formerly top-rated Penn State All-American Eric Bradley.

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