Ross Graham Named USCAA Wrestler of the Week

February 16, 2018 | Scott Farrell

Ross Graham of The Apprentice School has been named the USCAA Wrestler of the Week. At the USCAA Wrestling National Invitational, the freshman from Poquoson, Va., pinned all three of his opponents to win the 197-pound bracket and help pace the Builders to the tournament title. 

Graham entered the tournament ranked second at 197 pounds in the latest NCWA rankings. In his first bout, Graham pinned Brandyn Whitacre of Alfred State, ranked 16th, in the first period. In the semifinals, Ross  pinned 17th-ranked Marqus Young of Kent State-Tuscawarus to advance to the championship. In the final, Graham had his longest match of the day before pinning 18th-ranked Deontay Wadley in the second period. Graham is now 19-5 on the season with 12 pins.

The Builders' first-place finish was their best since winning the event in 2014. Apprentice won the 13-team event with 182.5 points, followed by familiar foe Alderson Broaddus with 107.5. Besides Graham, three other Apprentice wrestlers won their respective weight classes, and nine more placed in the top-five.