Trace Engelkes
Trace  Engelkes

RS Junior

Winnebago, Ill.

High School:




Engelkes Takes Fourth at University Nationals

Several NIU wrestlers competed at a premier freestyle event in Akron.


MAC Title for Austin Eicher Highlights Historic Day for NIU Wrestling

Eicher won at 133 - and three other Huskies will join him at NCAAs.


NIU With Five Alive at the MAC Championships

Austin Eicher became NIU's first MAC finalist since 2013.


Huskies Tally MAC Win at Eastern Michigan, 21-9

NIU took seven of the 10 matchups against the Eagles.


Four Huskies Post Victories, but NIU Wrestling Falls to No. 10 Illinois, 27-14

Jeffery, Morse, Engelkes and Scott led the Huskies.

2015-16: Became one of NIU’s top wrestlers, posting a 21-12 record…Finished second on the team in dual points (40), third in dual wins (10) and fourth in overall wins (21)…Led the Huskies with eight major decisions and added three pins…Went 4-3 in MAC duals…Placed fifth at 174 during the MAC Championships (3/6) thanks to two wins over No. 32 Jacob Davis of Eastern Michigan…Was in contention for an at-large bid to NCAAs…Also placed at the Michigan State Open (11/15) and the Midlands Championships (12/30).

2014-15: Finished with a 13-10 record as the Huskies' primary starter at 174 pounds... Ended the year ranked 27th in the NCAA RPI rankings... Placed fifth at the MAC Championships (3/7-8) defeating Eastern Michigan's Kayne MacCallum and Old Dominion's Austin Coburn... Went 2-2 at the Midlands Championships (12/29-30) with wins over Penn's Bradley Wukie and Lehigh's Ben Haas... Went 8-4 from the start of January through the end of the season... Notched a 7-4 decision against Jake Residori of SIU Edwardsville (1/17), helping the Huskies clinch a 19-15 dual win against the Cougars.

2013-14: Went 12-5 with one start at 165 pounds... Took first place a the University of Dubuque Open (2/15), tech falling Loras' Tyler Ries, 16-1, before pinning Luther's Javier Reyes... Claimed fourth at the Grand View Open (1/25) with a 5-2 record, a mark that included a pin, tech fall and major decision... Finished eighth at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open (11/3) with a 5-3 record... Won a 6-2 decision over Brad Metz of Findlay (11/16) in his first-career dual start.

2012-13: Finished his first season with a record of 14-9... Won three matches determined by major decision... Third on the team for quickest pin with a time of 0:43 against Jerry Harris of Triton College (2/2)... Placed second in the 174 class at the Flash Flanagan Open (1/12)... Tied for fourth on the team with a record of four pins... Fifth at the Kaufman-Brand Open (12/1) and the Harper Open (2/2).

High School: Finished as the state runner up at 160 as a senior at Winnebago High School... Rated as the 10th best wrestler in the nation at 160 by WIN Magazine... Went undefeated as a junior at 152 en route to an Illinois state championship... Finished second at 145 in 2010 after ending the season with a 39-4 record... Qualified for state as a freshman at 125... Three-time first team All-Big Northern Conference selection with the Indians... Two-time all-state pick... Won the regional title all three seasons at WHS... Finished sixth at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D., which included a win against Geordan Speiller of Florida... Competed at the Disney Duals in 2010, finishing with a 9-4 record... Class president for two years.

Personal: Born December 16, 1993... Son of Michael and Kathleen Engelkes... Majoring in Corporate and Organizational Communication... Aspires to work with the FBI... Enjoys reading... Admires Lincoln McIlravy.

Season Wins Losses Pins
2012-13RS 14 9 4
2013-14 12 5 3
2014-15 13 10 1
2015-16 21 12 3
CAREER 60 36 11
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