The best thing about being a Buckeye is ... The fans.
Ohio State Career: Finished third in 2005 Michigan State Open (11/12-13/05) ... two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2005-06 (Junior season): Tied for first on team in falls during regular season ... notched a third-place finish in Michigan State Open ... finished eighth in Southern Scuffle (12/29-30/05) ... against Missouri (12/11/05), wrestled at 197 pounds and defeated Joe Garity, 7-5 ... reeled off wins against Pitt's Kyle Deliere, 10-3, (1/5/06), The Citadel's John Dickerson, 7-3, (1/13-14/06), West Virginia's Chance Litton, 8-5, (1/13-14/06), Virginia's Kyle Narkiewicz, 3-2, (1/22/06) and notched a fall against Virginia Tech's Mark Czarny in 5:57 (1/22/06) ... faced some of country's Top 15 wrestlers, beating No. 12 Mike Tamillow of Northwestern (2/3/06) and No. 12 Tyrel Todd of Michigan (2/12/06) ... Academic All-Big Ten recipient ... OSU Scholar-Athlete ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.
2004-05 (Sophomore season): Placed eighth at Midlands (12/29-30/04) ... opened season with fifth-place showing in Oklahoma Gold Classic (11/13/04)... recorded career highs in wins (14), dual wins (6), takedowns (43) and team points (30.5) ... won two of last four dual matches heading into Big Ten championships (3/5-6/05) ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2003-04 (Freshman season): Impressed in first season before succumbing to injury ... assumed starting role at 174 during first half of season ... compiled an 11-11 overall record and 2-4 mark in dual action ... ranked second to teammate J.D. Bergman in takedowns (38), team points (22.5) and major decisions (3) among true freshmen ... also compiled nine back points ... started season at 184 pounds, winning three of five matches in Michigan State Open (11/8-9/03) ... one of the losses came in the second round to then-teammate Blake Kaplan ... competed rest of season at 174 after injury to former Buckeye Anthony Magistrelli ... also won three of five matches to place fourth in Oklahoma Gold Classic (11/15/03) ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Grandview High School: Went 31-0 his senior year, ending the season with a state high school title ... four-year letterwinner ... placed third at the state tournament junior year and was a state qualifier sophomore year ... won Academic All-State honors ... first-team pick in Mid-State League ... helped squad earn third and fourth place finishes at state tournament and second and third place finishes at state duals ... National Teenage Strongman HWT Runner-up ... three-year letterwinner in football ... holds single-game rushing record for Grandview ... team captain and MVP for football.
Personal: Born Dec. 9, 1984 ... son of Mary Burkley ... greatest sports thrill is winning the state tournament senior year.
PREVIEW: No. 4 Ohio State vs. Maryland