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Tom Grossman
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Irving, Texas

High School:
Shady Grove Academy

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 184

Birthdate:
03/27/1979

Experience:
Two letters

2001-02: Earned a berth in the NCAA Champioships for the third time in as many chances...Battled nagging injuries...Still was extremely competitive against some of the nation's top wrestlers...One of his greatest victories of the season (and career) came against No. 2 Jon Trenge of Lehigh at the National Duals...Lost to fourth-ranked Nick Preston, 6-4, in a controversial decision that same day...Had four wins over top-20 opponents...Earned an invitation to the NCAA meet with a pin of rival No. 13 Willie Gruenwald of Oklahoma State...Defeated Gruenwald twice in the Big 12 Championships.

2000-01: Missed the season due to service on a religious mission.

1999-2000: Finished the season 1-2 at the NCAA Championships...Earned his second trip to the NCAA Championships by placing third at the Big 12 Tournament...Finished second at the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Overcame a 5-1 third period deficit to defeat OSU's No. 16 Pat Popolizio, 8-6, in sudden victory overtime...Downed No. 20 Fikret Darzanoff of Seton Hall, 6-4...Won 11 of his first 12 duals, including nine straight...Ranked all season long, climbing as high as eighth.

1998-99: Earned a Big 12 wildcard berth to the NCAA Championships...Made his first appearance at the NCAA Championships...Eliminated from the NCAA Championships by eventual All-American Viktor Sveda (Indiana)...Went 2-2 at the national championships...Wrestled one of the toughest schedules in the nation...Won the Oklahoma Open championship...Suffered a knee injury over the winter break that kept him out of the Lone Star and Long Island duals...Steadily improved all season...Moved into the rankings late in the season and climbed as high as No. 15...Co-winner of the team's Most Improved Wrestler award.

1997-98: Redshirted...Recorded a 4-1 record with one fall in open tournament action.

HIGH SCHOOL: Compiled a 173-9 record over four years...Recorded 129 pins in those four years...An amazing 90-0 his final two seasons at Shady Grove Christian Academy, beating every opponent by a pin or technical fall...A four-year letterwinner in wrestling...A three-year captain of his high school wrestling squad...A two-time World Team member...Placed second at Nationals held in Pittsburgh...Placed fifth in the world at Junior Greco World Championships...A two-time Oklahoma Open Champion...Did not give up a takedown or reversal in his final two seasons of high school competition.

OTHER INFORMATION: A four-time academic All-State selection...Also recruited by North Carolina State, Arizona State, Missouri, Princeton, Edinboro and Illinois...Also lettered in baseball two seasons...Majoring in communication...Coached by his father at Shady Grove...The son of Tom and Louise Grossman.

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