Two Panthers and a Hawkeye Pick Up Weekly Awards

NCAA- The University of Iowan and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) are receiving attention for their athletic excellence, so here’s the round-up of the latest recognition.

Freshman Gabe Arnold has had a prolific start to his Hawkeye wrestling career as he was named NCAA Wrestler of the Week. Arnold is 6-0 to start the season with his most impressive win coming against 11th ranked and All-American Travis Wittlake from Oregon State, 4-2.

Arnold will be tested on November 26th when Iowa State hosts the Cy-Hawk Series dual.

The Panthers’ placekicker, Matthew Cook, was named FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week for his nine-point performance against #9 North Dakota State. Cook is 19 of 21 for field goals this year and a perfect 31 for 31 on point after attempts.

His 86 career field goals ranks first in UNI history and second in FCS history. The Panthers finished the year with a 6-5 record.

Lastly, Grace Boffeli was tabbed Missouri Valley Conference’s (MVC) Player of the Week. In 35 minutes against Ball State, Boffeli scored 24 points on 64.7% shooting, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists, and nabbed a steal and a block for a full stat stuffer.

Boffeli will continue to be a name to watch as she earned preseason Player of the Year honors by the MVC coming into the season. The Panthers play on Friday, November 24th, against Syracuse for the South Point Shootout.