Wrestling


Ben Hay
Ben Hay

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sandwich, Ill.

High School:
Sandwich

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 174

Birthdate:
07/06/1981

2003-04: Recorded wins in duals against Big Ten opponents Nate McMillin of Indiana and Bryce Markley of Purdue...Pinned Tom Donohoe in 3:23 to help the Illini beat McKendree...Helped the Illini win the first dual of the season by defeating Jon Sioredas of UT-Chattanooga...Went 3-2 at the Missouri Open and 3-2 at the UNI Open...Wrestled at 165 pounds.

2002-03: Won his third Varsity ?I? award ? Went 2-2 for the season, competing at the Missouri Open.

2001-02: Started against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 174 pounds on January 18 ... Earned first career Big Ten start against Iowa on February 24 ... Finished the year with 4-4 record as a backup at 174 pounds ... Earned his second Varsity ?I? award.

2000-2001: Compiled a 13-8 record at 165 pounds ? Earned his first Varsity ?I? award.

1999-2000: Redshirt season ? Only competition of the season was a third-place finish at 165 pounds in the freshman/sophomore division of the St. Louis Open.

HIGH SCHOOL: Posted an 82-0 record over his final two prep seasons, winning individual titles each season and state team titles in 1997 and 1999 ? Four-time varsity letterwinner in wrestling ? Earned one letter in cross country and one in football ? Voted outstanding ?A? wrestler at the 1999 Illinois state meet ? Four-time all-conference and three-time all-state honoree.

PERSONAL: Born July 6, 1981 ? Brother Chad wrestled at 133 pounds for the Illini from 1998-2002 ? Has one sister, Katie ? Majoring in speech communications ? Lead guitarist in a band with his brother ? Son of Duff and Shelly Hay.

HAY'S CAREER STATS

Year        W     L     F    Big Tens    NCAA
2000-01     13    8     0    ---         ---
2001-02     4     4     0    ---         ---
2002-03     2     2     0    ---         ---
2003-04     14    11     1    4th         DNP
Total       33    25    1   
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