Five Illini wrestlers place at tournament
Illinois sits at number one going into final day of tournament
Orange and Blue will compete in three duals on Saturday
Many Illini grapplers to open season in Ames, Iowa
Eleven place in top four in season opening tournament
2014 NCAA Qualifier
2013-14: Full-time starter at 165 pounds ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing a career-high fifth at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 4-0 at the NWCA National Duals ... Won the Loras Open ... Compiled a 25-8 record, including 4-3 in Big Ten duals ... Finished second on the team in dual points scored with 64 ... Recorded the fastest pin of the season for the Illini (0:36) ... Reached a career-high No. 7 ranking by W.I.N. Magazine.
2012-13: Redshirt season ... Competed in three open tournaments at 165 pounds ... Finished second at the Loras Open, going 3-1 during the tournament ... Went 6-1 at the Lindenwood Open and finished third ... Finished 2-2 at the Midlands Championships.
2011-12:Finished seventh at the 2012 Big Ten Championships ... Went 3-5 in Big Ten duals including a pin over Brandon Zeerip (Michigan), major decision over Sawyer Morris (Indiana) and a decision over Shawn Perry (Wisconsin) ... Defeated two ranked opponents in then No. 18 Brain Tanen (Lehigh) and No. 16 Albert White (Oklahoma State) ... Went 2-2 at Midlands .. Finished the season 14-13.
2010-11: Qualified for 2011 NCAA Championships as an at-large selection after finishing seventh at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 0-2 at NCAAs ... Joined starting lineup at 157 in West Virginia dual on Jan. 7 after compiling a 15-5 record wrestling unattached in open tournaments ... Placed fifth in the open division of the Michigan State Open ... Fell one win short of placing at Midlands ... Won the Loras Open ... Placed second at the Lindenwood Open ... Named to Amateur Wrestling News' All-Rookie team.
HIGH SCHOOL: No. 1 national recruit at 152 by Intermat and No. 2 national recruit at 160 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News ... Named a second-team AWN High School All-American in 2010 ... Won the Michigan Division 1 state title at 160 pounds in 2010 after taking home Division 2 state titles at 140 in 2008 and 152 in 2009 ... Finished second at 125 pounds in 2007 ... Won consecutive titles at the Super 32 Challenge, one of the top national high school tournaments, earning the 145-pound title in 2008 and the 152-pound championship in 2009 ... Led Lowell High School to the 2009 Michigan state championship.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 9, 1992 ... Parents are Roger and Laura Morse ... Has twin brothers, Andrew and Gabe ... Majoring in community health.
Updated May 2014