Austin Culton and Trace Engelkes earn decisions for NIU.
2015-16: Went 2-13 at 149 and 157 pounds…Started in seven dual matches for the Huskies…Competed in three open tournaments as well…Pinned Aaron Merisch of Calumet at the Michigan State Open (11/15)…Defeated Neal Molloy of Indianapolis at the Lindenwood Open (11/21).
2014-15: Went 6-13 as a redshirt freshman... Started nine duals, including the final eight as an injury replacement in the Huskie lineup... Notched his first-career win at the Michigan State Open (11/2) with a 6-3 decision against Findlay's Dalton Nicely... Picked up his lone pin of the year against Buena Vista (11/22), sticking Mathew Goth in 1:55... Ended the regular season with a 3-1 sudden victory triumph over Old Dominion's Kevin Johnson... Went 3-2 at the EMU Open (11/15).
2013-14: Redshirted as a true freshman... Competed in one open tournament during the year... Scored a 9-5 decision over Minot State's Beau Voegeli for his lone win of the year... Missed the remainder of the season due to injury.
High School:Maintains 106-19 record through his first three seasons at Sycamore High School... Three-time all-conference honoree... Helped the Spartans to team conference and regional championships each of his first three seasons... Finished his senior season as state runner up at 152 pounds... Named the Daily Chronicle's Male Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year... Went 36-5 with 12 pins in his junior season... Won the state title at 152 pounds in 2012... Took first at regionals and second at sectionals for his second state tournament berth... Named theDaily Chronicle's Wrestler of the Year in 2011-12, in addition to garnering team MVP honors... Finished with a 37-8 record and 18 pins as a sophomore... Won the regional title in 2011 before getting injured at sectionals and missing the state tournament... Qualified for the state tournament as a freshman at 135... Won the 2012 Illinois Greco-Roman state title at 152 pounds... Placed first at the USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals in 2011... Two-time all-area and all-conference honoree with the SHS football team... Named the Football Player of the Year in 2012 by the Daily Chronicle... Led the area in rushing each of the past two seasons.
Personal:Born July 30, 1995, in DeKalb, Ill... Son of Randy and Dana Culton... Majoring in History... Volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters... Named the Grand Marshal of Sycamore's Pumpkin Parade in 2012.