Cedar Lake, Ind.
|Height / Weight:|
5-8 / 174
PRIOR TO OU
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year...first Badger wrestler to receive the award since Jeff Walter in 1992...2009 RevWrestling.com Freshman of the Year...2009 D1CollegeWrestling.net Freshman of the Year, also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the same publication...2009 Amateur Wrestling News Rookie of the Year...2009 All-American at 165 lbs. (runner-up)...2010 All-American at 165 lbs...2010 NCAA Division I Champion at 165 lbs...2009, 2010 and 2011 Big Ten Champion at 165 lbs...2009 and 2010 Cliff Keen Invitational Champion at 165 lbs...2011 All-American at 165 lbs. (third place)
AS A SENIOR (2011-12):
AS A JUNIOR (2010-11):
Wisconsin's starter at 165 lbs. (ranked in the top 2 all season and as high as first)...27-3 record on the season at 165 lbs...1-0 at 174 lbs. (vs. South Dakota State, Jan. 8, 2011)...had seven wins by pin, one by tech fall and six by major decision (one pin was at 174 lbs.)...won the 2010 Cliff Keen Invitational...placed second at the 2010 Midlands Championships...holds a 9-1 dual record at 165 lbs....won the Big Ten Championship at 165 lbs. with a 4-0 record...took third place at the NCAA Division I Championships with a 5-1 record, earning All-America honors
AS A SOPHOMORE (2009-10):
Team co-captain...Wisconsin's starter at 165 lbs. (ranked in the top three all season, ending as top-ranked)...37-0 record on the season...8-0 record in the Big Ten...had four wins by pin, two by tech fall and 13 by major decision...won the Cliff Keen Invite at 165 lbs. with a 5-0 record...won the Midlands Championship at 165 lbs. with a 5-0 record...went undefeated at the NWCA National Duals...won the 201 ASICS freestyle...won Big Ten Championships at 165 lbs. with a 4-0 record...won the NCAA Division I Championships with a 5-0 record, earning All-America honors
Won a bronze medal at the 2009 Junior World Championships in Ankara, Turkey...took first at the FILA Junior World Team Trials in the 74 kg/163 lbs. weight class...competed at 2009 World Team Trials and placed fourth in the freestyle competition at 74 kg/163 lbs....finished sixth at U.S. Senior Nationals to earn a spot at the World Team Trials
AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09):
Finished second at the NCAA championships...first UW freshman to be named All-American since Donny Pritzlaff in 1998 (sixth at 150 lbs.)...first NCAA finalist for Wisconsin since Craig Henning in 2007...first UW freshman NCAA runner-up since Lee Kemp in 1975...Big Ten Champion at 165 lbs....named to the All-Big Ten team...Big Ten Freshman of the Year...finished season ranked second by InterMat Poll...had the longest winning streak on the team with 19-straight matches...finished 30-5 overall, 13-0 in duals and 8-0 in Big Ten duals...had a 14-5 record against ranked opponents...highest ranked freshman in the country at No. 2...went 5-0 in overtime and 4-0 in tiebreakers...one of four true freshmen to start for the Badgers...was the only true freshman ranked at 165 lbs....entered the rankings for the first time on Dec. 9 at No. 15 for 165 lbs....placed fifth at the Cliff Keen Invite and fourth at Midlands...upset then-No. 2 Moza Fay of Northern Iowa at Midlands...compiled a 14-4 record before conference action and a perfect 5-0 mark in duals...his four losses were at the hands of top-five opponents
Three-time Indiana State Champion...state runner-up his freshman year...compiled a 192-1 record over four years at Hanover Central High School...his lone loss came his freshman year in the state finals...captured gold (160 lbs.) at the 2008 Junior Freestyle National Championships in Fargo...finished first at 152 lbs. at Western Junior Regional Championships in 2007...made honor roll at Hanover Central...ranked No. 3 at 160 lbs. in the InterMat Final All-Class High School Rankings of the 2007-08 school year
Parents are Mike and Debbie Howe...has two older brothers, Jon and Eric...dad wrestled at Miami (Ohio) and brother Eric wrestled at Purdue.