Ben King
Ben King
Player Profile

Western Springs, Ill.

High School:
Lyons Twp.



1999-2000: Compiled an 18-11 record as a starter a 174 pounds including a 13-1 dual record • Was 8-0 in Big Ten dual competition after going 0-8 as a sophomore • Placed fourth at the Big Ten championships earning his second berth in the NCAA championships • Strung together a then-team high 13 consecutive victories from January 13 to March 4 improving his record from 4-7 to 17-7.

1998-99: The Illini’s regular starter at 174 pounds • Opened the season with a eight-match win streak and was 12-2 after his first 14 matches • Won the St. Louis Open and finished third at the Las Vegas Invitational • Finished the season with a 13-17 record • Earned his second Varsity “I” award.

1997-98: Proved to be one of Illinois’ most improved wrestlers in his freshman season • Finished with a 20-14 record as the starter at 167 pounds • Qualified for the NCAA Championships and finished 2-2 at the tournament • Placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships • Recorded one fall on the year • Earned his first Varsity “I”.

1996-97: Redshirt season • Finished 2-1 at the St. Louis Open while competing unattached in the Frosh./Soph. Division.

A three-year letterwinner, who compiled a career record of 96-19 • Went undefeated in dual meets as a junior and senior • Two-time-state qualifier, placing third in Class AA at 140 pounds in 1996 • Team captain as a senior • Earned academic all-conference honors twice • Member of Illinois state freestyle team.

Born 3/21/78 • Son of Mark and Carol King • Sports management major • Father, a former University of Michigan wrestling captain, was his high school coach • Brother, Matt, was a quarterback at Western Michigan University • High school teammate of Illini Mike Castillo and Nick Curby.