Photos from Illinois' matches at session two of the 2008 NCAA Championships.
Photos from the third session of the NCAA Championships.
Photos from the wrestling dual between #9 Illinois and #13 Wisconsin
Illinois comes from behind and beats Penn State.
2008-09: Qualified for the NCAA Championships, earning an automatic berth with his career-best third-place finish at Big Tens ... Went 1-2 at NCAAs ... Illinois' starter at 197 ... Missed Purdue and Northwestern duals because of illness ... Had 15 of 32 bouts on the season decided by three or fewer points ... Placed third at the Missouri Open.
2007-08: Ranked in the top 15 of the NWCA/Intermat poll all season ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships with a career-best fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 1-2 at NCAAs ... His 27 wins were a career high ... Eight of nine losses were to higher-ranked opponents ... Won 14 of 15 matches from Dec. 1-Feb. 15 ... Upset No. 4 Dallas Herbst (WIS) on Feb. 8, giving Herbst just his second loss of the season ... Placed fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational after earning a major decision over No. 17 Pat Bradshaw (Edinboro) ... Placed third at the Missouri Open.
2006-07: Finished the season ranked No. 13 ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing fifth at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 1-2 at NCAAs ... Named to Amateur Wrestling News' All-Rookie team at 197 ... Upset No. 6 J.D. Bergman, 6-5, to help the Illini overcome No. 17 Ohio State, 19-18 ... Sealed the 21-16 victory over Wisconsin when he upset No. 12 Dallas Herbst, 7-3 ... Dominated No. 13 Nathan Moore of Purdue in a 9-5 decision when the Illini were victorious over the Boilermakers, 29-7 ... Outlasted Nathan Everhart in a 6-1 decision to help the Illini to a 22-9 victoy over Indiana ... Won the Dubuque Open ... Spent three different stints training at the United States Olympic Training Center with the 2007 U.S. World Championships team.
2005-06: Redshirt season ... Placed second at the Dan Gable Open ... Won the Flash Open.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-time Virginia state champion ... Earned four letters in wrestling ... Two-time Fargo national champion ... High school was ranked the No. 1 public wrestling program in the nation. PERSONAL: Full given name is Patrick Bond ... Born March 20, 1986 ... Son of Jimmy and Betty Bond ... Biggest sports thrill was winning a national title in Fargo ... Favorite athlete is former national champion from West Virginia Greg Jones, because of his style of wrestling ... Says his parents and family have most influenced his athletic career by always believing in him ... Fighting Illini hero is assistant coach and former national champion, Carl Perry.
BOND'S CAREER RECORD
Year W L F Big Ten NCAA 2006-07 16 7 0 5th DNP 2007-08 27 9 2 4th DNP 2008-09 17 15 1 3rd DNP Total 60 31 3