AS A REDSHIRT SENIOR (2014-15):
Posted a 15-1 record at heavyweight, including a 1-0 mark in dual competition … Claimed Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational title, helping their Sooners to their 16th straight team victory at the event … Finished second at Reno Tournament of Champions to teammate Ross Larson … Named to the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Team … Took second at inaugural Aloha Open … Placed first at OCU Open … Recorded four major decisions, one technical fall and two falls.
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2013-14):
Took sixth in heavyweight division at Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational, helping the Sooners to their 15th straight title at the event … Compiled a 19-5 record in his first season as a Sooner, including a 1-1 mark in dual competition … Defeated Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge by technical fall, 15-0, in team competition at National Duals … Took first at OCU Open and 2013 Suplay Oklahoma Open … Finished third at Reno Tournament of Champions … Tallied four decisions, six major decisions, three technical falls and five falls on the season.
PRIOR TO OU:
Attended Palm Desert High School … Lettered all four years of high school (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) … Finished seventh at state in 2010 at 171 pounds … Posted a 210-40 high school career record … Won a CIF Championship and was a 2010 NHSCA Senior National Qualifier … Was a four-time CIF qualifier, two-time CIF Champion and three-time Desert Valley League Champion … Named a NHSCA Academic All-American in 2010.
Competed at California Baptist University … Two-time NCWA National Champion at 285 lbs … Finished seventh at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in 2012 … Posted a 71-13 record … 2013 NWCA Academic All-American … Named to the Spring 2012 President’s List and the Fall 2012 Provost’s List.
Parents are Casey and Nilda Merrill … Has one brother: Casey and three sisters: Ella, Samantha and AJ … Father, Casey, played in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers (1979-83) and New York Giants (1983-86) … Hometown is Bermuda Dunes, Calif. … Mathematics major.