2005 Big Ten Champion
2004-05: Placed Fourth at the NCAA Championships,becoming a two-time All-American...Defeated No. 9 Eric Hauan of UNI for the first time in his career in the semifinal consolation round of the NCAA Championships...Defeated No. 4 Jake Herbert of Northwestern in the finals to win his first Big Ten Championship and clinch the team title for the Illini...Went undefeated in Big Ten dual competition to earn the No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Championships...Scored 63 team points in dual competition, the most of any Illini...Went 3-1 at the Cliff Keen National Duals to help the Illini to a second-place finish...Went 3-0 at the Buckeye Duals...Placed third at the Midlands Tournament to help the Illini to their second consecutive Midlands team title...Placed second at the UNI Open, losing the championship match to Eric Hauan of UNI in overtime...Defeated No. 11 E.K. Waldhaus of Oklahoma to win the Missouri Open Championship.
2003-04: Took seventh at the NCAA Championships to earn his first All-America honor ... Placed third at the Big Ten Championships to qualify for his second national tournament ... Went 6-2 vs. Big Ten opponents in dual action ... Highest-ranked win came over No. 5 Noel Thompson of Hofstra ... Was 9-7 against ranked opponents ... His 32 single-season wins ranks 22nd on the school's list ... Went 6-1 at the Midlands, placing fourth after having to injury default to #6 Eric Hauan (UNI)...Placed fifth at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, going 5-2...Placed third at the Missouri Open, going 4-1...Starter at 174 pounds after competing at 184 in 2003.
2002-03: Qualified for the NCAA Championships in his first season in the lineup ... Went 2-2 at NCAAs, upsetting No. 11 Travis Frick of Lehigh in a 13-5 major decision in the first round ... Wrestled most of the season at 184 pounds, moving up a weight class ... Took fourth at the 2003 Big Ten Championships, winning three matches in the tournament ... Highest ranking was 12th by W.I.N. Magazine and TheMat.com ... Scored an upset major decision win over ninth-ranked Ralph DeNisco of Wisconsin at the conference tournament ... Only two losses at Big Ten Tournament were to Top-10 opponents, including top-ranked Jessman Smith of Iowa ... Big Ten Dual Record was 5-1, loss to Smith ... Wrestling up at 184 pounds for an injured Jason Potter, who suffered a sprained ankle at the Virginia Duals ... Placed second at the Missouri Open at 174, losing only to teammate Brian Glynn in the finals ... Also took second at the UNI Open ... Posted a 10-4 record at 174 pounds and 13-5 at 184 pounds ... Had a 2-6 record vs. ranked opponents.
2001-02: Redshirt season ... Placed eighth at the FILA Junior World National Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. in May.
HIGH SCHOOL: Undefeated state champion as a senior ... Four-year letter winner in wrestling ... Two-time conference and regional champ ... Two-time Junior National All-American.
PERSONAL: Born May 13, 1983 ... Son of Warren and Kathy Friedl ... Biggest thrill in sports was breaking the 171 lbs. scoring record in the state finals ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts ... Junior high wrestling coaches most influenced career ... Was coached for three years by former Illini Eric Siebert as well as IWCOA Hall of Fame Coach Mike Polz.
FRIEDL'S CAREER RECORD
YEAR W L F Big Ten NCAA 2002-03 23 9 3 4th DNP 2003-04 32 9 4 3rd 7th 2004-05 38 5 2 1st 4th Total 93 23 9