SIUE's Eric Almarinez
CLEVELAND, Ohio - SIUE redshirt freshman Eric Almarinez has been named the Mid-American Conference Co-West Wrestler of the Week.

The Cougars' 141-pounder collected a pair of dominating wins with his first two MAC contests of the season. He defeated Jacob Brenneman of Edinboro 7-1 on Friday and followed that up with a 15-3 major decision over Buffalo's Caleb Brooks.

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Now ranked eighth in the MAC with the most recent rankings, Almarinez leads SIUE with 15 victories this season at 141 and 149.

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He has helped the Cougars to four straight dual match victories and the most MAC dual wins in a season since the program joined the league.

Almarinez shared the honor with Kent State's Aaron Ferguson.

The MAC's January rankings also were released. 149-pounder Caleb Tyus is SIUE's top-ranked wrestler at third in the 13-team league.

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