NIU hopes to grab at least one of MAC's 41 NCAA auto bids
2013-14:Tallied a 9-13 record as NIU's primary starter at 165 pounds... Finished fourth at the MAC Championships (3/8-9) with a 2-2 record... Upset nationally-ranked Zach Toal of Missouri in the opening round of the conference tournament with a 5-3 sudden victory win... Earned his first career win at the EMU Open (11/16) with a 6-1 decision over Findlay's Randy Caris, then followed that with a 10-2 major decision over Purdue's Riley McClurg... Earned his first-career dual win on Dec. 5 with a 9-5 victory over Cleveland State's Jake Smith.
Previous School:Posted a 22-5 record with six pins in six open tournaments while wrestling at 165 pounds in 2012-13... Finished first at three tournaments, taking top honors at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open (11/17), UNK Loper Open (12/8) and Viking-Warrior Open (1/5)... Placed third at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open (11/4) after scoring two pins... Pinned Simpson's Greg Harlow in a season-best time of 1:15.
High School:Four-time all-conference and three-time state qualifier at Lockport Township High School... Posted a record of 148-39 in his four seasons with the Porters... Holds the LTHS record for most career takedowns with 239... Won the Illinois Class 3A state title at 160 in 2013 after posting a school record 47 wins during the regular season... Won the Southwest Suburban Blue title at 160 as a senior, in addition to taking the regional and sectional crowns... Captured conference, regional and sectional wins at 152 pounds as a junior en route to taking second place at the state meet... Finished the 2011-12 season with a 33-8 record... Earned his first state tournament berth as a sophomore, where he finished fifth at 145 pounds... Earned a second place finish at the conference meet in 2011... Also played football at Lockport.
Personal:Born May 13, 1994, in Joliet, Ill... Son of Naomi McMurtry... Plans on majoring in marketing and minoring in psychology... Admires Tom Brady.