Ohio State Career - Three-time All-American ... first true-freshman since J.D. Bergman to garner All-America laurels ... career-best tying third in 2009 Big Ten Championships; also finished third in 2007 ... went undefeated in dual (14-0) and conference (6-0) dual action during 2009 regular season ... went 5-0 at 2009 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa ... Academic Achievement Award recipient.
2008-09 (Junior Season) - All-American ... finished fourth at NCAA championships (March 19-21) for third All-America laurel; the fourth seed, advanced to national semifinals against No. 1 seed Brent Metcalf of Iowa; dropped a 6-2 decision to drop to consolation bracket where he defeated Purdue's and six seed Jake Patacsil, 8-7; in third-place bout, lost, 5-4, to No. 5 seed Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin ... recorded a career-best third-place finish at Big Ten championships (March 7-8); after losing first-round match, won four-consecutive matches as No. 3 seed ... wrapped up regular season with 22-2 overall record, including a 14-0 dual ledger ... went undefeated in the Big Ten Conference at 6-0; finished season 30-5 overall; one of three Buckeyes (Reece Humphrey, Colt Sponseller) to compile 30 wins ... ranked fifth in InterMat/NWCA/NWMA Division I Individual Preseason Rankings; moved up to fourth (Nov. 26) and remained in that spot for rest of regular season ... earned a runner-up finish at Wolfpack Open (Nov. 9) ... advanced to title bout of 27th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational (Dec. 5-6) ... went 5-0 at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, (Jan. 10-11), which included a win over 18th-ranked Jason Chamberlain ... earned Academic Achievement Award as voted on by Ohio State faculty and staff; award honors student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding academic progress.
2007-08 (Sophomore Season) - Became a two-time All-American following eighth-place finish at NCAA championships (March 20-22) ... placed sixth at Big Ten championships (March 8-9) as fifth seed ...went 2-2 in league championships after he was forced to medical forfeit his fifth-place matchup against Penn State's and fourth-seed Bubba Jenkins ... of two wins, topped 2007 NCAA finalist Ryan Lang of Northwestern, 5-3, in sudden victory ... completed season with 26-11 record ... posted fourth-place finish at Las Vegas Invitational (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) after recording wins over sixth (Jordan Burroughs, Nebraska) and eighth (Morgan Atkinson, Cal State-Fullerton) seeds ... tallied 4-1 record at 2008 NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals (Jan. 12-13) ... four wins included impressive victory against No. 4 Jenkins of No. 1 Penn State ... beat Jenkins, 10-7, to help Buckeyes go up 12-0 over the Nittany Lions and eventually post 24-11 victory to finish fifth ... won nine-consecutive matches until he faced Lang at National Duals ... won five-consecutive matches heading into Big Ten championships, including victory over third ranked Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota (Feb. 24); able to pin Gopher in 3:19.
2006-07 (Freshman Season) - All-American as true-freshman with fourth-place finish at NCAA championships (March 15-17) ... became first true-freshman since J.D. Bergman to garner All-America laurels ... advanced to semifinals of national stage where he met Michigan's Josh Churella for fourth time during season ... two wrestlers' previous bouts had occurred in semifinals of Eastern Michigan Open, dual match-up in Ann Arbor, Mich., and semifinals of Big Ten championships ... nearly pulled off upset at NCAAs, but Churella prevailed with 5-2 win ... went 4-2 at nationals, downing four ranked wrestlers, including No. 7 Scott Ervin of Appalachian State ... did not give up a single point to No. 1 Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota in third-place matchup at nationals (Schlatter earned win on riding time advantage) ... earned third-place finish at Big Ten championships (March 3-4) ... during conference championships, four of five opponents were ranked in Top 20 of USA Today/NWCA/InterMat polls ... compiled a 3-1 record at league championships, losing lone match to Churella in semifinals in close 3-2 finish ... in that run, defeated No. 15 Dan Vallimont of Penn State twice (9-3 and 4-0) and No. 19 Matt Coughlin of Indiana, 4-2 ... personal highlight came when he defeated No. 2 Churella, 6-4, in overtime, in dual action in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Feb. 11) ... placed third at Eastern Michigan Open (Nov. 4) ... won first collegiate dual against Missouri's Josh Wagner, 1-0 (Nov. 16) ... one of two Buckeyes to finish with more than 30 wins on the season with a 34-15 mark.
St. Edward - Four-time Ohio High School State Champion (2003-2006) ... just second wrestler in Ohio High School wrestling history to pin his way through sectional, district and state tournaments (junior year) ... owned high school career record of 150-6 en route to several tournament wins and individual accolades ... 2006 Senior National Champion at 140 pounds ... two-time Most Valuable Wrestler at St. Edward High School (2004 and 2005) ... recorded most pins on high school squad in 2004 (21) and 2005 (24) ... part of 2006 high school squad that won its 10th-consecutive team title and 22nd overall ... in 2004, was Ohio Division I State Duals MVP and Asics IronMan National Champion ... two-time Beast of the East champion ... three-time MIT champion ... third-place finisher at 2005 Junior National Tournament at 140 pounds.
Personal - Son of Dwayne and Rita ... has two brothers, Collin, who is a freshman on the Ohio State wrestling team, and Jordan.