NIU represented at national tournament for 43rd-straight year
2013-14:Made his first career trip to the NCAA Championships as a senior... Posted a 9-12 record during the season after missing several matches due to injury... Went 1-2 at the NCAA tournament, defeating Maryland's Tyler Goodwin with a second-period pin in the consolation bracket... Placed fourth at the MAC Championships at 133 pounds... Clinched a bid to the NCAA tournament with a second-period pin of Missouri's Matt Manley in the second period of the consolation semifinals match... Recorded his first pin of the year by sticking Old Dominion's Michael Hayes in the third period on Jan. 31... Posted his 50th career victory Nov. 16 with an 8-4 decision over Sam Sherlock of Clarion at the EMU Duals.
2012-13: Went 12-6 during his junior season despite missing the first month of the season due to injury... Posted a 10-2 ledger in dual matches and a 5-0 mark in MAC duals... Scored five major decisions and one pin in 2012-13... Took fourth place at the MAC Championships, going 2-2 on the day... Pinned Kent State's Mackenzie McGuire at 3:55 in the conference tournament for his lone pin of the season... Recorded a five-match winning streak between Jan. 6 and Jan. 26, outscoring his opponents 35-11 during that stretch... Scored double-digit points in four matches.
2011-12: Ended the year with a 14-7 record and two pins while wrestling at 125 pounds... Took second at the Michigan State Open with a 3-1 record... Finished fifth in the MAC Championships... Tied for the team lead in major decisions with four... Opened the year with a 9-1 record, including five wins by major decision or pin... Ranked third on the team with 43 dual points scored... Outscored his opponents 57-17 in four major decision victories.
2010-11: Finished the season with a team best record of 22-9... finished with a dual record of 10-4 and a 2-1 record in the MAC... finished second on the team with seven victories by pin fall and recorded a team high six victories by major decision... placed third at the Michigan State Open, winning nine out of ten matches to open the season... recorded his fastest pin fall over Ohio State's Josh Whitt in just 1:03... fell short to Kent State's 10th ranked Nicholas Bedelyon and Central Michigan's Christian Cullinan in the MAC Championships.
High School: Compiled a 171-34 career record as a four-year letterwinner... named team captain junior and senior years... earned the title of team MVP sophomore through senior years... earned first team all-conference honors senior and sophomore seasons and second team accolades as a freshman... owns five school records including wins in a season (57), career three-point near falls (110), career two-point falls (80), career technical falls (16) and falls in a season (34)...three-time D-III Michigan State Champion...competed in the East Coast Duals sophomore and junior years as well as the Disney Duals junior year.
Personal: Son of Peggy and Jeff Smith...aspires to become a sports trainer...involved in 4-H and archery as well as a DARE role model. Birthdate: November 18, 1991. Major: Kinesiology