AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union junior Alec Cotton (Hartville/Lake) has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Year by the conference's head coaches. He is joined on the All-OAC First Team by fellow junior Nick Mancini (Boardman/Boardman).
Cotton has a 26-4 record this season and went 5-0 in the OAC this season at 141 pounds with 11 pins, four major decisions and three technical falls. He is also ranked No. 4 nation in the weight class, finished second at the NCAA Mideast Regional and will wrestle at the NCAA Division III Championships March 10-11 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Cotton is the seventh Purple Raider to ever be named OAC Wrestler of the Year and the first since Sean Connelly in 2006.
Mancini, who is on the All-OAC First Team for a second straight year, went 18-9 overall, 5-1 in the OAC this season at 125 pounds with seven technical falls, four major decisions and three pins. He placed fifth at the NCAA Mideast Regional.
Mount Union's OAC Wrestlers of the Year
2017 - Alec Cotton
2006 - Sean Connelly
1997 - Brian Malloy
1996 - Brian Malloy
1995 - Dan Ambroziak
1985 - Jerry Tennant
1984 - Ed Trizzino