NIU represented at national tournament for 43rd-straight year
2013-14:Second career trip to the NCAA Championships and first with NIU... Posted a 10-11 record during the season after missing the first half of the month due to injury... Went 1-2 at the NCAA tournament, defeating Rutgers' Ken Theobold in a 9-2 decision... Finished the season with wins in six of his last 11 matches, including a 3-2 record at the MAC Championships... Took fourth at the conference tournament at 149 pounds... Won his fifth-place match over Central Michigan's Scott Mattingly via a 9-3 decision, then claimed the true fourth-place match victory over Ohio's Tywan Claxton, 4-0... Pinned 2014 NCAA qualifier Mike DePalma of Kent State in 46 seconds - the quickest pin on the season for the Huskies - on Feb. 8... Notched his first pin of the year against Chicago's Jacob Smith at the Midlands Championships.
2012-2013: Fourth on the team with a career-high 20 wins on the season... Went 9-7 in dual competition... Tied for fourth on the team with four pins... Won the 149 title at the Kaufman-Brand Open (12/1)... Took fourth at the MAC Championships (3/10) and fifth at the EMU Open (11/3)... Defeated R.J. LaBeef of Cleveland State (2/24) by major decision.
2011-12: Went 15-16 with four pins while starting every meet at 133 pounds... Took third place at the MAC Championships with a 2-2 record... Finished in fourth at the Michigan State Open behind a 2-2 performance... Went 7-3 during the month of December, including four wins at the prestigious Midlands Championships... All four pins came in tournaments, including two at Midlands.
High School: Produced a 129-30 record during his career at Delsea Regional High School... Earned district championship during a 32-7 freshman season at 103 pounds... Finished third in region after wrestling to a 31-8 record at 103 pounds during sophomore campaign... Placed eighth in state after 32-7 record during junior year at 112 pounds... Capped off senior season with 34-8 record at 125 pounds while finishing eighth in state.
Personal: Son of Lee and Lisa Jillard.... Born on March 31, 1992... Majoring in general studies.